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City of Jade (City of... #2)

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1131, The Silk Road.

Gallienus of Constantinople, a scarred soldier who used to work the city gates, enters a new phase of his life when he meets and falls in love with Misahuen of Gyeongju. But prejudice of same-sex relationships dominates Byzantine society, and both the Emperor and the Church denounce such love. Should Misahuen and Gallienus be discovered, the punishment
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ebook, 350 pages
Published June 7th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press (first published June 6th 2013)
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Greg Rothenberger
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m-romance
This was an odd one. Definitely not plot driven, it's a very placid (?) story. I enjoyed it quite a lot, but it's a huge change from Inferno, which I read immediately before it. I enjoy historical novels, M/M novels, and am fascinated with both the Byzantine empire and China, so it was a good choice for me. City of Jade is the story of a former soldier and dissatisfied imperial soldier and the caravan guard from Korea he meets. Together, they decide to go to China to make a new life for themselv ...more
Sue
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this historical journey, from Constantinople to Hunan in China.
Set in the 12th century, the story reads like a travelogue, and the characters and sights the MCs meet is rather the point of the book, I think. To make it come to life, I followed their route in Google Earth, and I'd recommend that to readers, otherwise the list of cities can get a bit mind-boggling.
The couple are very warm, in love and of course, given the time, very careful. The whole point of their epic journey i
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PaperMoon
Jan 22, 2014 rated it liked it
This fairly longish re-write version works as a romance travelogue with a dash of adventure thrown in. The most interesting features for me was reading the description of the various cities and town visited by the merchant caravan from Constantinople to Lin-Nan (China). The author provides ample descriptions of the buildings, the people, the food and traded goods.

For those who appreciate sex in their M-M romances, there's lots to satisfy but thank God each sweaty encounter does not run to severa
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Xing
Dec 03, 2013 marked it as dnf
Hm, I read the prequel, City of Gold (which was included in this book). It was good, but I realized I didn't really feel compelled to continue. My review for City of Gold can be read here.
Bibimus
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this because of the wonderful Silk Road and the culture and wonderful places along the road. The period was well established, the characters were believable, and the amount of time and the different aspects of the journey were evocative and enjoyable.
Melanie
Jun 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Full review available here at All About Romance: http://www.likesbooks.com/cgi-bin/boo...

Have you ever read that book that was completely different from what you expected? This was that book for me. It stayed pretty true to the book description, but it was still not what I thought it would be.

Gallienus, former soldier and current gate guard for the grand city of Constantinople, feels stuck in his life. He hates his job and feels like he was thrown away after he was injured in battle. But one day
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Greg Rothenberger
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was an odd one. Definitely not plot driven, it's a very placid (?) story. I enjoyed it quite a lot, but it's a huge change from Inferno, which I read immediately before it. I enjoy historical novels, M/M novels, and am fascinated with both the Byzantine empire and China, so it was a good choice for me. City of Jade is the story of a former soldier and dissatisfied imperial soldier and the caravan guard from Korea he meets. Together, they decide to go to China to make a new life for themselv ...more
BTina
Gave up on page 1 because of the author's opinion on history. "Porcelain shattered easily, and the contents of the vase were revealed as several handfuls of dried red poppies ... This is illegal in the empire ... Now the emperor himself will decide what is to become of you" Poppy-seed cake is delicious, opium could have been highly priced by the city's healers, porcelain could have been even more valued, and the emperor himself wasting his time with a smuggler?
Rosie
Nov 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
2.5 rounded up
Elisa Rolle
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
2013 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
Amber
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
NOT AT ALL what I was expecting. At all. But I thoroughly enjoyed it. Not a fraught romance, this was a quiet, romantic, historical travelogue. Recommend.
Kristy Maitz
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
It very lovely and easy going story.
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Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a very pleasant read, although the pace and plot are both very languid.
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