Temple of a Thousand Faces

Temple of a Thousand Faces In his international bestseller Beneath a Marble Sky John Shors wrote about the ancient passion beauty and brilliance that inspired the Taj Mahal Now with Temple of a Thousand Faces he brings to l

In his international bestseller Beneath a Marble Sky, John Shors wrote about the ancient passion, beauty, and brilliance that inspired the Taj Mahal Now with Temple of a Thousand Faces, he brings to life the legendary temple of Angkor Wat, an unrivaled marvel of ornately carved towers and stone statues There, in a story set nearly a thousand years ago, an empire is lost,In his international bestseller Beneath a Marble Sky, John Shors wrote about the ancient passion, beauty, and brilliance that inspired the Taj Mahal Now with Temple of a Thousand Faces, he brings to life the legendary temple of Angkor Wat, an unrivaled marvel of ornately carved towers and stone statues There, in a story set nearly a thousand years ago, an empire is lost, a royal love is tested, and heroism is reborn When his land is taken by force, Prince Jayavar of the Khmer people narrowly escapes death at the hands of the conquering Cham king Exiled from their homeland, he and his mystical wife Ajadevi set up a secret camp in the jungle with the intention of amassing an army bold enough to reclaim their kingdom and free their people Meanwhile, Cham King Indravarman rules with an iron fist, pitting even his most trusted men against each other and squashing any hint of rebellion Moving from a poor fisherman s family whose sons find the courage to take up arms against their oppressors, to a beautiful bride who becomes a prize of war, to an ambitious warrior whose allegiance is torn Temple of a Thousand Faces is an unforgettable saga of love, betrayal, and survival at any cost READERS GUIDE INCLUDED

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  1. Hi, everyone I hope this message finds people well.I m the bestselling author of Unbound, Beneath a Marble Sky, Temple of a Thousand Faces, Cross Currents, Beside a Burning Sea, Dragon House, and The Wishing Trees My novels have won multiple awards and have been translated into twenty six languages I have also spoken via speakerphone with than 3,000 book clubs around the world.For information on my work, please visit johnshors or facebook johnshors Thank you for your support John

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  1. Full disclosure I m the author But here are some independent reviews of my new novel, Temple of a Thousand Faces An epic, extraordinary novel about love, beauty, and war, Temple of a Thousand Faces is sure to please Sandra Gulland, bestselling author of Mistress of the Sun Written in Shors enjoyable style this novel is destined to be a blockbuster Highly recommended Historical Novels Review A gripping love story with a mystical quality that is utterly beguiling John Shors vividly recreates the w [...]


  2. I was lucky to get an early read of this novel I review books from time to time Temple of a Thousand Faces is everything I love in an epic work of historical fiction ambitious, complex, unique, powerful, and unfogettable I simply loved this novel.


  3. Temple of a Thousand Faces wasn t bad, it just wasn t for me I m sure it was quite realistic about the fates of a conquered people in Cambodia in the 12th Century Based on the title, that s not the story I was expecting I somehow thought it was going to be about something besides conquering, pillaging, raping and slaughtering It was really much darker and desperate than I like, as the story was told from the perspectives of several different people who were affected by the pillaging, raping and [...]


  4. Timing in life is everything Read this one on my way to visit Angkor Wat in Cambodia, which is the site for this historical novel, which is set in the late 12th century when the temple is overrun by the warring Chams, and the local Khmer prince has to go into hiding with his lover as his entire family is slaughtered Besides having to rally his people, now King Jaymar has to align himself with the Siams, and befriend a Cham military leader who falls in love with a Khmer Excellent characters, show [...]



  5. No matter where he takes us, he gives us a rich storyJohn Shors travels That fact is certain Not only does he travel to the exotic places from which his intricate and exhilarating novels are seeded, but he obviously travels to the libraries that hold the compendium of historical data with which he embroiders his tales This is his seventh novel, and with each new novel his maturity as an artist grows.The dependable factor in owning and reading a John Shors book is that in addition to weaving a fa [...]


  6. Found the characters to be too sappy, with overly lengthy sections of dialog repeating their devotion to one another Felt that the novel would ve benefited from tighter editing to make the story compact and faster paced Was also looking for description of the historical setting, but the author chooses to focus on character interaction Animals are randomly thrown into the middle of conversations for no apparent reason Eg A snake glided through the dense undergrowth or A carp flipped in the lake [...]


  7. This delightful author s personality shines through in his writing yes, that is an assumption but John Shors gave me the rare experience of being both deeply engaged in his story and believing, at the same time, that I could hear him thinking I would rarely make any attempt to say I know anything about an author but if JS is not an optimist, a romantic and does not truly like women I will eat every hat I possess I gave the book to a friend and she had much the same reaction.Don t get the idea th [...]


  8. I m so happy I got this book from First Reads I really enjoyed the story I had a hard time putting it down, I wanted to know what was going to happen I didn t know anything about Angkor Wat before, now I really want to go and visit the Echo Chamber I also enjoy how John Shor has a way of making the surroundings come to life along with his characters It adds another layer to the story I could see the jungle, hear the monkeys, and feel the heat Really good book Thanks, First Reads


  9. I read John Shors Beneath a Marble Sky, loved it, and was hoping that Temple of a Thousand Faces would be spun from the same cloth It was This is an epic, beautiful novel Historical fiction at its best.


  10. I have always been fascinated by the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat This book transported me to 12th century Cambodia and gave me a little travel bug I hope to see the place soon but for now I explored the splendid architecture and the beautiful landscape through the eyes of the author.The story is like a fairy take, an evil Cham king Indravarman leads a surprise attack against the Khymers and capture pillage their capital city killing thousands Fortunately, the Khymer prince Jayavar and his [...]


  11. Summary When his land is taken by force in 1177, Prince Jayavar of the Khmer people narrowly escapes death at the hands of the conquering Cham king Exiled from their homeland, he and his wife Ajadevi set up a secret camp in the jungle with the intention of amassing an army bold enough to reclaim their kingdom and free their people Meanwhile, Cham King Indravarman rules with an iron fist, pitting even his most trusted men against each other and squashing any hint of rebellion.This isn t the first [...]


  12. I love history and long novels that take time to tell the stories of multiple characters Temple of a Thousand Faces not only fits that bill, but makes the reader eager for .In Beneath a Marble Sky I became engrossed in previously unknown historical details of India, a county that had entranced me since the 6th grade when I first studied the Taj Mahal.This latest historical novel from John Shors brings the Khmers, builders of the famed Angkor Wat in what is now Cambodia, and the invading Chams, w [...]


  13. There were things I really liked about this book and I know many people enjoy it, but there were also aspects that got in the way of my rating it higher I liked the setting, one that is unfamiliar to me and therefore exotic On the other hand, the author didn t bring Angkor Wat alive in a way that made me want to visit any than I aleady do nor did the the temple play a prominent enough role in the story to really matter Most of the plot could have taken place anywhere Perhaps this is becuse so l [...]


  14. It took 30 years to build Angkor Wat, but centuries for someone to write a novel that truly captures the ancient capital of the Khmer Empire in Cambodia Men and elephants did the heavy lifting back in the first half of the 12th Century, constructing a timeless complex dedicated to the Hindu Gods Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu Still standing, still awe inspiring, Angkor draws than a million international visitors a year.Author John Shors also faced a prodigious architectural challenge in writing, Temp [...]


  15. TEMPLE OF A THOUSAND FACES by John Shors is an interesting historical fiction set in 1177 12th century Angkor Wat is reflected in an epic tale of danger,revenge,hate,love,survival,heartbreak,tyranny,betrayal and romance Prince Jayavar and Ajadevi find themselves on a quest to build an army,regain Jayavar s lands that was taken by force by, Indravarman,the Chams leader A fascinating story with engaging characters While, Mr Shors is a wonderful storyteller,I could not quiet connect with the charac [...]


  16. A historical fictitious account of a war in Cambodia during the 12th century Overwhelmed by the enemy, many of the natives escape to the jungle to join their Prince who vows to lead his people back to victory.There is several love stories in this one but the main one is between Asal who becomes disillusioned with the enemy king and a native woman, Voisanne with whom he falls in love and decides to protect.This novel is the best that John Shors has yet put out It moves along at a good clip The re [...]


  17. I picked up this book with much anticipation since I very much enjoyed Beneath a Marble Sky a few years ago and because of the historical setting and the focus on the Angkor Wat temple So much promise disappointed in the delivery The historical nature of the story and the place had so much going for it But the characters didn t have much depth, didn t come alive and were rather one dimensional The setting fared a bit better with Shors painting a fairly decent picture of what it was like in the K [...]


  18. I have never read a novel about Angkor Wat, and I m so glad that I got an early look at Temple of a Thousand Faces This is a marvelous novel as big and beautiful as the subject matter Five pages into the story, I was hooked.


  19. I am a big fan of John Shors and his new book didn t disappoint me On the contrary, I loved it This is such a big, rich novel, and I enjoyed every page.


  20. First off, I won my copy of the book via a giveaway hosted by.I gotta say, history has never been my favorite subject and with a few exceptions it has always failed to capture my interest AND hold my long term attention The cultures which have always held my interest have been from the distant past Usually this consists of cultures before the Christian religion was born The ancient Celts, Vikings, Egyptians, and a few others have been the focus of my only interest in history whether it be true a [...]


  21. Story Description NAL Trade February 5, 2013 Trade Paperback ISBN 978 0 451 23917 4In his international bestseller, Beneath a Marble Sky, John Shors wrote about the ancient passion, beauty, and brilliance that inspired the building of the Taj Mahal Now with Temple of a Thousand Faces, he brings the legendary temple of Angkor Wat, an unrivaled marvel of ornately carved towers and stone statues There, in a story set nearly a thousand years ago, an empire is lost, a royal love is tested, and herois [...]


  22. Last night my boyfriend was reading Temple of a Thousand Faces by John Shors We were going to play some cards when he reached a good stopping point, but he couldn t stop reading Having already read Temple, I was able to be a good girlfriend and do something by myself while he read on.Temple of a Thousand Faces has something for everyone an exotic setting, two unusual and powerful love stories, family devotion, lots of action, and two of the baddest bad guys ever Through his evocative description [...]


  23. In 1177 in Angkor, Khmer now Cambodia , Prince Jayavar and his chief wife, Ajadevi, stand on a causeway gazing at the colossal multiterraced sandstone temple, its five towers shaped like lotus buds ascending in a tropical forest Suddenly, after sailing up a Mekong River tributary, a large force from neighbouring Champa central and south Vietnam attacks Angkor Following a fierce battle, Jayavar and Ajadevi are forced to flee into the jungle and hide at a secret location.Assisted by his vile hench [...]


  24. I have read another John Shors novel and enjoyed it, but I appreciated this sweeping saga featuring the world of Cambodia in the 1100s because I was not aware of its fascinating history Angor Wat and Cambodia have now been added to my bucket list In a surprise attack, the Cham king has invaded the country of the Khmers, slaying the old king, and ordering his trained warriors to slaughter anyone who gets in the way The stories of several families and warriors are inexticably interwined as the Khm [...]


  25. Temple of a Thousand Faces ReviewIn a peaceable jungle kingdom, a kind and gentle prince interested in the arts and architecture is looking to a future building roads and hospitals for his people He is in love with his barren chief wife and besotted with his children The fairytale Khmer Empire by the river with its main city Angkor is filled with the beauty of Angkor Wat a temple of majesty and spiritual significance for both Hindus and Buddhists But the quiet and beauty is about to be broken du [...]


  26. I love this book I m sure I loved it because I have been to Angkor Wat I could picture every scene I remember standing at a frieze in the temple that depicted a battle with the Chams wondering who these people were I suppose that some people who read this will feel it is nothing but a Cambodian romance novel I did get this book on Kindle the first day it was available so it will be awhile before it is in libraries.I wish I had read this book before I went because I would have tried to go to Ban [...]


  27. Oh My God if you are pondering about perchasing this book DO IT Temple of a Thousand faces is not just a book, it s a visual and emotional masterpiece, a work of art It s a story of war, loss, betrayal, profound sadness, perseverance, but above all, the strength, courage, vulnerability and unltimately beauty that comes with the burden of love I think and this may be my bias for John Shors see my review of Beneath a Marble Sky that is what makes Shors such an amazing writer His stories encompass [...]


  28. Shors does if again I have read all of his books and I really believe he is connected to South East Asia in ways that convey the true essence of a place I read this book without wanting to put it down, there is a passion he invokes, a light that shines from his characters,even the evil and hateful ones, they stay with you for a while I finished the book last night and this morning, I find myself still thinking of Ajadevi and Prince Jayawar, their dreams for Angkor and that beautiful temple which [...]


  29. I think John Shors may be my new favorite author This book, as with his others, are full of sensitive, wise, and kind protagonists who overcome great evil The love stories in this book touched both my romantic and mother heart Bravery doesn t lie in the outcome but in the doing Also, We shouldn t be afraid to stand in the light We are deserving of it And when we re in the light, miracles will come to us They may come after suffering, or grief But come they shall This life, so beautiful, so rife [...]


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