THE JOURNEY

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MEMPHIS’S TRAVELS BRING HIM from Central Africa, to the African coast, through the Middle-East, and finally into Eastern Europe. The novel begins at a hamlet below the southern border of the Hungarian kingdom. From there, Memphis marches over the tail end of the Havasok mountain range (known today as the Carpathians) and to the city of Corona, a German city well-known by its Latin name and home to the Count of the SzĂ©kelys. To avoid his hunters, the Knights Templar, Memphis takes a circuitous route from the city, journeying west past the mountains, into the grasslands, and to the Duna River, a major artery of trade and travel through Eastern Europe (the modern-day Danube). On the river, Memphis makes his way north in a boat until he is forced from his path to Verfa, the blood woods. In a nation with a strong pagan culture, the forest is believed to be the home of malicious beasts and demons and is widely feared. Escaping the forest on its northern side, Memphis covers the final leg north to the upper range of the mountains and follows them west, arriving at last at the old Bohemian province.

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