Who is Marthese Fenech?
She's the bestselling, award-winning author of a historical saga set in sixteenth-century Europe. She has also written the pilot episode of a television series based on her books. Friends call her Mar.
Research has taken her to the ancient streets her characters roamed, the fortresses they defended, the seas they sailed, and the dungeons they escaped. Obstinate curiosity has led her to sixty-five countries across six continents.
She does her best plot-weaving while hiking mountain trails, wandering local markets, paddle boarding cliff-sheltered bays, and sitting at home with her Siberian husky curled at her feet.
From historians to rock stars, here's what some remarkable people are saying about her work
“Crystal-clear descriptive language … Ms Fenech has recreated the compelling world of the Montesa family of Malta and the Knights of St. John as though she time-travelled back to the sixteenth century to do her research. An impressive debut!”
Karen Connelly, Governor General’s Literary award recipient and author of Burmese Lessons
“Fenech’s epic tapestry of a novel encompasses all the sights, sounds, and smells of the 16th-century Mediterranean: tender domestic scenes and blood-drenched battles, privilege and squalor. I believed every minute of it.”
Carol Rasmussen, science writer at NASA and former book review editor at Library Journal
“Many historical sagas have been published, but few convey the scale, complexity, and attention to historical detail of Eight Pointed Cross. Marthese Fenech creates intricate plots and multi-dimensional characters, whom she moves from one perilous situation to another, keeping readers avidly turning the pages.”
Giovanni Bonello, historian, author, and former Judge of the European Courts of Human Rights
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