The Salt Road

The Salt Road

eBook - 2011
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From the author of The Tenth Gift comes another story of exotic, foreign lands, entwining storylines spanning generations, and the quests to overcome love lost.

"My dear Isabelle, in the attic you will find a box with your name on it."

Isabelle's estranged archeologist father dies, leaving her a puzzle. In a box she finds some papers and a mysterious African amulet -- but their connection to her remains unclear until she embarks on a trip to Morocco to discover how the amulet came into her father's possession. When the amulet is damaged and Isabelle almost killed in an accident, she fears her curiosity has got the better of her. But Taib, her rescuer, knows the dunes and their peoples, and offers to help uncover the amulet's extraordinary history, involving Tin Hinannbsp;-- She of the Tentsnbsp;-- who made a legendary crossing of the desert, and her beautiful descendant Mariata.

Across years and over hot, shifting sands, tracking the Salt Road, the stories of Isabelle and Taib,nbsp;Mariata and her lover, become entangled with that of the lost amulet. It is a tale of souls wounded by history and of love blossoming on barren ground.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, 2011, c2010
ISBN: 9780385669986
0385669984
Characteristics: 1 online resource (390 p.)

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rmc63
Apr 03, 2016

after reading first book 'the tenth gift' found this book a bit of a let down. Likely good read for someone that had not read tenth gift first.

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mclures
Feb 21, 2013

loved the book!

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booktigger
Apr 18, 2012

I didn't enjoy this as much as the Tenth Gift - i found the characters a bit flat especially Mariata.It was slow going getting through this book.

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21221018293347
Jul 15, 2011

I agree with the other readers; a good book, but the Tenth Gift was better. I enjoyed Mariata's tale much better; her character being more filled out and admirable. Isabelle's character is not as interesting, or developed. More attention could have been given to developing her character and the story lines would have been much more interesting. The ending tied all the loose ends up nicely.

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emerge
Jun 20, 2011

I picked this up as I'd enjoyed the Tenth Gift & there are many similarities here. However, this novel has a long, slow start & I had pretty much figured out the mystery by the time I hit the middle of the book. If you'd like to try out this author, read her first book instead. But you can't deny the time & attention she must have spent on researching culture, history & geography of this part of Africa.

ehbooklover May 29, 2011

I chose to read this book as I really enjoyed the author's first novel. It started out very slow and I had to fight a bit to get into it but stuck to it since I had enjoyed "The Tenth Gift" so much. I'm glad I did. A tale of parallel love stories (both modern and historical) with a very satisfying ending.

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JonesL
Mar 28, 2011

Liked the 10th Gift better but still a good read.

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becker
Mar 17, 2011

Two different story lines - one taking place in modern day Morocco and another taking place years ago in the desert. For me, this book started out slow and didn't start to pick up until the mid point, however when it did pick up it was very good.I wanted to read the whole 2nd half of the book in one sitting.

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redwallflower
Feb 10, 2011

This book switches back and forth between two interconnected stories - of Isabelle (and later Taib) and Mariata (and Amastan).

Of the two, I much preferred the story of Mariata, although found that my interest was slow, but once I was hooked, I didn't want to put the book down.

I found that I had somewhat predicted the twist at the end, but that didn't diminish the effect of the twist, nor the story as a whole for me.

I commend the author for her research and her ability to fit the history, culture and myth of the Tuareg people into this book without it weighing down the story.

debwalker Jan 30, 2011

Johnson's second Moroccan-inspired historical novel. Entwines two stories about people in two cultures, spanning generations.

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