The Frankincense Trail

The Frankincense Trail[PDF / Epub] ☆ The Frankincense Trail By Jody Kihara – Heartforum.co.uk In BC, frankincense was worth its weight in gold, making Arabia was the envy of the world But wealth comes at a cost the precious resin was transported along the Frankincense Road, a dangerous route t In BC, frankincense was worth its weight in gold, making Arabia was the envy of the world But wealth comes at a cost the precious resin was transported along the Frankincense Road, a dangerous route through rocky mountains and barren desert Alia is a princess in The Frankincense PDF/EPUB or a dwindling kingdom that lies on the Frankincense Road Having grown up hearing tales of the famous Queen of Sheba, she dreams of finding a way to restore her kingdom s former might When a caravan journeying to the mysterious incense lands stops to take on travellers, she sees her chance She soon realises, however, that her trust in the caravan leaders has been misguided They are not mere incense merchants, but traitors and mercenaries Alia s journey soon turns from dangerous to life threatening The Frankincense Trail is a story that transports the reader to a time and place reminiscent of the Arabian Nights tales.

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  • Paperback
  • 264 pages
  • The Frankincense Trail
  • Jody Kihara
  • English
  • 10 March 2019
  • 098694971X

10 thoughts on “The Frankincense Trail

  1. MarytheBookLover says:

    My Opinion I really liked this book I loved that it was set in the Middle East It s a YA book set in 200 B.C This story is about a teenage Princess named Alia that is upset about the death of her mother and the illness that has landed in the town she lives in Alia has a strong desire to get out of the town and be free She feels like she hasn t seen anything in her life and just wants the chance to experience life so she decides to dress up as a boy and travel with a caravan What she finds My Opinion I really liked this book I loved that it was set in the Middle East It s a YA book set in 200 B.C This story is about a teenage Princess named Alia that is upset about the death of her mother and the illness that has landed in the town she lives in Alia has a strong desire to get out of the town and be free She feels like she hasn t seen anything in her life and just wants the chance to experience life so she decides to dress up as a boy and travel with a caravan What she finds is herself and her reason for being She finds that life outside the palace walls are not what she bargained for and learns that there is a harsh reality that comes with living in the desert Along the way,she gains friendship and trust Alia is naive,but that s par for the course because she has been kept sheltered from everything for so long It s a magical journey of discovery and it is a very enjoyable read I give The Frankincense Train by Jody Kihara 4 of 5 stars

  2. Jennifer says:

    I was privileged enough to have helped this author out by reading the first couple of chapters for her so I was really excited to read this when it was released I have Jody s other books on my to read list but this was the first one I ve read to far Set in 200 B.C Middle East this was different from anything I have read, ever You can tell much research went into this book and the descriptions were so colorful I could see everything play out in my mind as I read A few extras in this book, li I was privileged enough to have helped this author out by reading the first couple of chapters for her so I was really excited to read this when it was released I have Jody s other books on my to read list but this was the first one I ve read to far Set in 200 B.C Middle East this was different from anything I have read, ever You can tell much research went into this book and the descriptions were so colorful I could see everything play out in my mind as I read A few extras in this book, like a map of the trail, glossary of words, and a well written afterwards were just an added bonus I highly recommend this book This is a story about a teenage princess, still dealing with the grief of the death of her mother, recovering from a illness that had swept through the town she lives in, feeling like she has not seen anything in her young life, and a desire for adventure Not the oldest child and not the youngest, she feel stuck in a lavish life being in the middle, knowing soon she will be married off.All she wants is be heard and help get her father s kingdom thriving again When no one will listen to her or her ideas and seeing a small caravan of traders stop in her town she decides her wanted adventure time is now With the help of her best friend servant she disguises herself as a boy, as the traders will not take a young unmarried woman with them, no less a princess Alia getsthan she bargains for as the desert and it s harsh elements show her trust, friendship, life and death As she starts to find herself and her purpose in life, she realizes she has a lot to learn, as life outside of the palace walls is not always fair She wears her heart on her sleeve and stands up for what she believes is right, although the caravan leaders are not so sympathetic to anyone I would LOVE to see a sequel to this book wink wink

  3. Fatima says:

    In 200 BC, Aliya is a princess in the kingdom that lies on the Frankincense Trail She stays locked up in the palace all day, only wanting to help her village, which is in poverty Her town is slowly crumbling and losing access to the trading routes, so Aliya takes it upon herself to help Her mother told her about the stories of the famous Queen of Sheba finding trading routes Like her, she too wants to help She cant speak up in between her two brothers and father, her servant being the In 200 BC, Aliya is a princess in the kingdom that lies on the Frankincense Trail She stays locked up in the palace all day, only wanting to help her village, which is in poverty Her town is slowly crumbling and losing access to the trading routes, so Aliya takes it upon herself to help Her mother told her about the stories of the famous Queen of Sheba finding trading routes Like her, she too wants to help She cant speak up in between her two brothers and father, her servant being the one to help her Aliya disguises as a boy and goes on a life changing journey when caravan travelers make a stop by her kingdom But will she find what shes looking for when the caravan men make her journey from dangerous to life threatening How far will she go for her kingdom in the scorching heat and unknown trails of the desert In this adventurous and fast paced realistic fiction, the author, Jody Kihara paints a vivid picture in your head You ll get the feel of the burning desert or a lively market place in Arabia This is a tale filled with adventure, danger, and mystery The descriptions of the towns and landscapes were so real I could see it all in my head, the spices, the colours, the sand, I could smell it, feel it Vibrant and bright It made me want to a time machine so I could be there If you like both a little romance and tons of adventure, this book is for you You wont be able to put it down Fatima

  4. Darlene Foster says:

    What an enjoyable trip back to ancient Arabia through the experiences of the fifteen year old princess, Alia I loved this book It has everything I relish in a book a smart, strong female main character, a cast of well developed, interesting side characters, authentic historic detail, the endless desert and an exciting adventure There was just enough action in this book to keep the story moving The vivid descriptions of the desert made me thirsty Many teens will relate to Alia s feelings of What an enjoyable trip back to ancient Arabia through the experiences of the fifteen year old princess, Alia I loved this book It has everything I relish in a book a smart, strong female main character, a cast of well developed, interesting side characters, authentic historic detail, the endless desert and an exciting adventure There was just enough action in this book to keep the story moving The vivid descriptions of the desert made me thirsty Many teens will relate to Alia s feelings of despair and self doubt, as they will also understand her feelings toward her brothers, her maid and the members of the caravan Ms Kihara obviously did much research to bring this story to life I liked the glossary at the end of the book explaining the Arabic names and words This book is written for teens but I believe many adults will enjoy it too I, for one, didn t want the story to end and wished to follow Alia as she continued her ventures

  5. TheBookAddictedGirl says:

    4 Out of 5Alia is a princess, an Ameera Her place in life is to get married to a prince from another kingdom and have children But she doesn t want that Alia wants to travel the desert, to visit the mysterious incense roads With the help of her friend Safiy, Alia disguises herself as a boy, and joins a caravan of traders, headed for the frankincense lands But what Alia doesn t realise is that traders are highly superstitious, and one tiny little sign of misfortune could lead to someone get 4 Out of 5Alia is a princess, an Ameera Her place in life is to get married to a prince from another kingdom and have children But she doesn t want that Alia wants to travel the desert, to visit the mysterious incense roads With the help of her friend Safiy, Alia disguises herself as a boy, and joins a caravan of traders, headed for the frankincense lands But what Alia doesn t realise is that traders are highly superstitious, and one tiny little sign of misfortune could lead to someone getting left behind in the middle of the desert When I was given this book, it was compared to the Arabian Nights I love that time period, with the jinn and traders So I really, really was not disappointed with this book It felt like I d travelled back in time It was vibrant So very vibrant that I could feel it, feel the book, the place, the people I loved every page, every moment I loved this book addicted from the word go I can t wait to see what Jody brings out next Hopefully another historical book just like this one Maybe even a sequel But either way, I have a feeling that no matter what it s about, it will be amazing.Alia was wonderful I loved her spirit, her determination For a princess, she was pretty badass brave and good with a sword She was also caring, loving, considerate Of course, she had to hide her feminine side she was meant to be a guy named Ali But she was so strong willed, and really, really clever, with a good head for politics She could totally take care of herself She was the best I just loved her from the word go Safiy was Alia s best friend, and may I just say a princess has never had a better friend She was the kindest friend she d do anything for Alia Their bond was so strong They may have been princess and servant, but they were also best friends who would do anything for one another They were so close, it was so sweet and so strong.Kardal was a strong leader of a group of traders He was quiet, mysterious, intense Very little of his past was known by Alia, and it was intriguing to see how his history grew as I read He, himself was very difficult to gauge I never could tell what he was thinking He was a good guy, very caring In a macho way I love him dark mysterious Kardal, strong and silent.The characters all felt so real I felt like I got to know Alia like a sister I wanted a best friend like Safiy I was desperate to knowabout Kardal I hated Alia s family with her All of the relationships just felt so real I could just feel everyone Don t you just love that feeling And the writing was just beautiful It was written in 3rd person, focusing on Alia, letting us see through her eyes and feel what she felt As for the plot wonderful Even though much of the story was about Alia s journey across the desert, it wasn t at all boring The way it was laid out made it so interesting, so addictive And the descriptions of the towns and landscapes were stunning The spices, the colours, the sand I could see it all in my head, smell it, feel it Vibrant, bright, near overwhelming It made me want to grab a time machine so I could be there Well, that or go to Egypt, or some other such country.I just loved the historical side It was all so vivid, so realistic From the various gods to the customs, it felt like I d gone back in time I loved the feeling, the setting Learning all about the trade routes, the rules All the little details made everything fell so real I loved learning about them all It made the whole storyreal, powerful and just overall amazing Back to the details I dread to think how much research had to go into this But, as they say, the devil s in the details And the details rocked Bravo Jody I loved, loved, loved The Frankincense Trail It was unlike anything I d read before Once I d finished, I just wanted to dive back into the story, into the time zone Book Two, please, Jody I want to know where Alia goes next P.S I loved the glossary and name meanings It gave a deeper understanding of the time zone and meant I could getinto the book Genius

  6. Orchid says:

    Review taken from my blog, The Haunting of Orchid ForsythiaFirst Sentence It was the dust cloud she saw first Review While the synopsis is what first caught my attention on The Frankincense Trail I was not all too sure on what I could expect from it, especially since it would be set in the 3rd century My first fear was that it would readlike a history text, but thankfully it did not It was a pretty thrilling read as you got to follow Alia s trip from her home in Teloum to the incense g Review taken from my blog, The Haunting of Orchid ForsythiaFirst Sentence It was the dust cloud she saw first Review While the synopsis is what first caught my attention on The Frankincense Trail I was not all too sure on what I could expect from it, especially since it would be set in the 3rd century My first fear was that it would readlike a history text, but thankfully it did not It was a pretty thrilling read as you got to follow Alia s trip from her home in Teloum to the incense groves.I really loved how The Frankincense Trail was laced with danger and adventure, and that Alia s character was pretty much dead in the middle of all the action One of the things that pulled me into this book, other than Ms Kihara s writing, was the vivid setting and the MC who was an absolute joy to read about I thought Ms Kihara did an excellent job of bringing the 3rd century and how the people of that era depended upon traders in order to survive to life I especially loved how the basis of the story was about Alia and her journey to ultimately find herself and that it wasn t a love story I thought that had the main focus of the story been about love it would have lost what made it such a great read I know that most people will probably shy away from a book set in the 3rd century, but I cannot recommend this one enough Ms Kiharar s writing and the story that she sets forth in The Frankincense Trail is not one to be missed because both will pull you in and not let you go till the very end Alia, was definitely an interesting character to read about I thought her stubborn streak was one of the qualities that made her such a great character because it pushed her While she could be a bit quick tempered it was only ever directed at those who truly deserved it, like, her boorish older and younger brother All that aside, what really endeared Alia to me was how near the end of the book she didn t go all soft when _____ I can t tell ya ll his name, would give the ending away when he confessed his love As for her brothers, they were two of the most awful male characters I have read about in some time I just wanted to strangle both of them, but the younger onebecause.words can not describe just how rude and piggish that little dude was I for one was glad that they weren t in the picture much What really made this such a great read was Alia, the main character I thought she was definitely a fascinating and strong character to read about, especially given the time period in which The Frankincense Trail is set, 3rd century B.C. I definitely enjoyed reading about Alia because she wanted so muchthan what she would be able to be do in the third century as a girl I think that Ms Kihara did an excellent job of capturing Alia s personality and making her come to life My only problem while reading The Frankincense Trail would have to be the ending of the book The whole book was absolutely stunning in the visuals that the author put forth in her account of Alia and her journey upon the trail, while all the was great I would have liked to see the outcome of Alia s return to Teloum and how the news she brought back was taken Content There s isn t really anything that needs to be addressed content wise in The Frankincense Trail since it s a pretty clean read I don t recall any language or suggestive situations Final Verdict The Frankincense Trail a richly written account of a princess s harrowing adventure along the Frankincense Trail The Frankincense Trail earns 4 out of 5 pineapples

  7. Laura says:

    I was in a dreamy mood when I picked up this book and it was exactly what I was looking for andI was transported on an exotic adventure reminiscent of Arabian Nights together with a feisty princess heroine, and a caravan leader whose dark penetrating look had me riveted.The year is 200 B.C Alia is a 15 year old princess whose palace lies on the Frankincense Road, a dangerous route through rocky mountains and barren desert, where traders travel to transport the precious resin frankincense I was in a dreamy mood when I picked up this book and it was exactly what I was looking for andI was transported on an exotic adventure reminiscent of Arabian Nights together with a feisty princess heroine, and a caravan leader whose dark penetrating look had me riveted.The year is 200 B.C Alia is a 15 year old princess whose palace lies on the Frankincense Road, a dangerous route through rocky mountains and barren desert, where traders travel to transport the precious resin frankincense that was worth its weight in gold at that time.Illness and financial problems has swept through Alia s town and she isn t content to sit back and do nothing She knows her father will marry her off, probably for political alliance, and the relationship with her brothers has become strained since her mother died She is quick witted and wants to do her share of helping her kingdom So she disguises herself as a boy to make the journey with a passing caravan to the mysterious incense lands of the south.The journey is dangerous and risky The traders turn out to be mercenaries, and Alia discovers the meaning of endurance and the cost of making certain decisions I was quickly engrossed in this novel and liked the characters and especially the historical setting I was transported to the point where I could feel the heavy heat of the desert sun beating down, or the parched state of the travellers as the water from the skin bottles trickled to a stop I heard the zing of the swords, the echoing of the horse s hoof steps against the palace walls, and the guttural shouts of the men in their foreign tongues The scenes were so vivid The author even includes a glossary in the back of the book for easy reference of Arabic terms.This is a tale filled with adventure, danger, mystery and a budding romance The scenes between Alia and Kardal, the caravan leader are intense and leave the reader wondering where they will lead Both of these characters are strong and carried the story forward There is an element of unpredictability that kept me hooked The ending left me wanting , of course, so I am truly hoping there will be a sequel I did not want it to end In a way, this is a coming of age story about a young women healing from her grief and finding her way in life at a time when a woman s role was limited She started out a sheltered and naive princess and soon learned through hardship and perseverance how to use your inner strength and her status as royalty to make a difference.So if you are looking for a good historical YA novel to transport you to a different land and culture, this one is sure to please For my part, I will count this book as one of my favourites for this year.Note This book is a clean read

  8. Jackie Anton says:

    The Frankincense TrailBy Jody Kihara Alia is a 15 year old princess whose palace lies on the Frankincense Road in the year 200 BC Frankincense, a precious resin, was worth its weight in gold at that time Caravans traveled a dangerous route through rocky mountains and barren desert to transport the resin Alia s town is crumbling and in economic straights the people are leaving for the prospects of a better life elsewhere Conflict with her brothers and the knowledge her father will probably m The Frankincense TrailBy Jody Kihara Alia is a 15 year old princess whose palace lies on the Frankincense Road in the year 200 BC Frankincense, a precious resin, was worth its weight in gold at that time Caravans traveled a dangerous route through rocky mountains and barren desert to transport the resin Alia s town is crumbling and in economic straights the people are leaving for the prospects of a better life elsewhere Conflict with her brothers and the knowledge her father will probably marry her off for political alliance set her off on a hazardous journey She is determined to help her kingdom and see some of the outside world So she disguises herself as a boy to make the journey with a passing caravan to the mysterious incense lands of the south This is a tale filled with adventure, danger, and mystery The traders she chooses for her quest turn out to be mercenaries, and Alia discovers the meaning of endurance and the cost of deceiving dangerous men The scenes between Alia and the caravan leader are intense and leave the reader wondering where they will lead Both Alia and Kardal are strong willed and their turbulent relationship helps move the story forward A sheltered and naive princess our heroin learns through hardship, perseverance, and nearly losing her life, how to use her inner strength Will she take what she has learned and be able to better the lives of her people Pick up a copy of The Frankincense Trail and find out This is a well written YA novel that will transport readers to a different land and culture I heartily recommend this novel It is a clean read Parents and grandparents can feel confident in giving this tale of adventure to young teens or older readers on their gift list.Reviewed by Jackie AntonFrom the paperback edition

  9. Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms) says:

    This is a bit of a deviation from what I usually read, but I totally enjoyed it It is set in the 3rd century BC when the precious resin, frankincense, had to be transported via a dangerous route including both desert and mountains This is a time and place in history that I have not read about before but was fascinating, and the author really brought it alive.It is the story of a princess, Alia, who is discontented with her life and also has far reaching ideas of how their failing kingdom could This is a bit of a deviation from what I usually read, but I totally enjoyed it It is set in the 3rd century BC when the precious resin, frankincense, had to be transported via a dangerous route including both desert and mountains This is a time and place in history that I have not read about before but was fascinating, and the author really brought it alive.It is the story of a princess, Alia, who is discontented with her life and also has far reaching ideas of how their failing kingdom could be brought back to prosperity But she is a girl and no one is interested in her ideas She conceives the idea of hiding herself as a boy and traveling with a caravan to the lands where the incense is harvested Although this idea is not a unique one in books, the setting is different enough and the characters so real it becomes an excellent read There is an undertone of a romance that as the reader I very much wanted to have happen won t give any spoilers on that Alia faces death of someone she cares for and the possibility of her own deaththan once in this dangerous trek across a desert where water is not always where it is anticipated it will be I don t know if another book is planned, but I hope so I definitely would buy and read it I don t know if this book is considered YA or not but it certainly could be for any age I ll loan it to my granddaughters

  10. Jennifer says:

    Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and Jody Kihara s The Frankencense Trail is a great addition to the genre Kihara includes a map of the journey and a glossary of character names to keep you on track Sometimes character names can be easily confused but that s not the case here If you re like me and always wonder what a character name means, then you re in luck because Jody covers that too.Princess Alia s journey on the Frankincense Trail is physically and emotionally intense Sh Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and Jody Kihara s The Frankencense Trail is a great addition to the genre Kihara includes a map of the journey and a glossary of character names to keep you on track Sometimes character names can be easily confused but that s not the case here If you re like me and always wonder what a character name means, then you re in luck because Jody covers that too.Princess Alia s journey on the Frankincense Trail is physically and emotionally intense She struggles at times to hide that she s a girl and there are several close calls The descriptions of the surroundings are great and definitely build a clear image as to what the environment must have been like in 200 B.C.The strength of the MC, Alia, is amazing She has no problem speaking her mind and standing up for those that can t stand up for themselves I found her to be refreshing and empowering.If you enjoy reading historical fiction, you will enjoy taking a ride on the Frankincense Trail with Alia

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