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When young historian Lia Winter’s uncle dies, she travels to Southern Italy to spend several weeks with her aunt who is a masciàre, a traditional herbalist. Lia quickly finds herself increasingly fascinated by her aunt’s archaic way of life and her canny wisdom. As a historian, she cannot help but try to get to the bottom of the mysterious stories and legends her aunt tell ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published May 2019 by Independently Published
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Grabczak Natalie
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am an avid reader of historical fiction novels. I found The Emir’s Trace to be extremely informative yet entertaining and intriguing at the same time. The story captures and holds your interest, involving you in an adventure that is filled with enlightening nuances, twists and turns and historical references. I learned a great deal about the history of Puglia and various spiritual practices. This novel is truly in the spirit of Umberto Eco and other great fictional novel authors. I highly reco ...more
Elana Helfenbaum
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A phenomenal historical fiction novel. The story was both entertaining and educational. I highly recommend it.
Barbara Moss
Apr 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Unlike most stories of a hunt for an ancient document, the modern-day characters do not know it exists until right at the end. A young historian and an antiquarian bookseller are only trying to find the true story behind a folk story about a treasure. The reader, on the other hand, has been presented with the Emir's life story in instalments (and italics) throughout the novel, only discovering the helpful list of historical characters as an appendix.

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Ursula Janssen, born 1978, is an archeologist and freelance author and now lives with her husband and daughter in southern Italy, after spending several years living and working in various countries in Africa and the Middle East. She writes mostly historic novels but has also published a novel for young readers.

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