(From the publisher):
The drums of the janissaries were sounding along the border, in Romania, Hungary, Transylvania, Albania, in every fort on that ill-defined frontier weher Christ and Mohammad met...
In the spring of 1683 Kara Mustafa - Kara the Black - Grand Vizier of the Empire of Ottoman Turks launces a treacherous attack upon Austria and besieges Vienna, Austria's capital and the gateway to Christian Europe.
Marching with the Grand Vizier's army is young Timur Ven, a raw recruit in the Janissaries, the dreaded Turkish infantry. As Vienna is slowly strangled to death, Europe stirs itself and marches to its aid. Foremost is King John Sobieski of Poland, and with his army rides Stefan Zabruski, the son of a Polish Knight.
Inside Vienna, Anna Vogel, a baker's daughter, grows from girlhood to womanhood as the Turkish troops batter down the defences of the city. Day by day, week by week, and month by month, the crescent moon of Islam confronts the Red Cross of Christianity until the day comes when, at the feet of the Vienna woods, Timur meets Stefan Zabruski face to face...
Original title: Children of the Book
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Historical Fiction→ Europe