The Frankincense Trail

In 200BC, frankincense was worth its weight in gold, making Arabia was the envy of the world. But wealth comes at a cost: the precious resin had to be transported along the Frankincense Road, a dangerous route through rocky mountains and barren desert.

Alia is a princess in a dwindling kingdom that lies on the Frankincense Road. Having grown up hearing tales of Bilqis, the 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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“This is the first Historical Fiction book I read and wow, it did not disappoint.”

“laced with danger and adventure”

“a vivid setting and a main character who was an absolute joy to read about”

“a richly written account of a princess’s harrowing adventure along the Frankincense Trail.”

“a magical journey of discovery”

“The whole book was absolutely stunning in the visuals”

“This is a tale filled with adventure, danger, mystery and a budding romance.”

“I cannot recommend this one enough… the story will pull you in and not let you go till the very end.”

“I read the book in one afternoon as I couldn’t put it down.”

“There is an element of unpredictability that kept me hooked.”

“The Frankincense Trail has an amazing setting and the descriptions are fabulous.”

“Alia is a fascinating and strong character”

“The strength of the MC, Alia, is amazing; I found her to be refreshing and empowering.”

“Alia was wonderful! I loved her spirit, her determination. For a princess, she was pretty badass: brave and good with a sword.”

“Jody Kihara has created two fascinating characters in Alia and Kardal; their chemistry and interaction keeps the reader engrossed in the story.”

“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 know more about Kardal.”

“The scenes were so vivid! 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.”

“It felt like I’d travelled back in time. It was so very vibrant that I could feel it, feel the book, the place, the people… I loved every page, every moment.”

“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.”

“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.”

“I would LOVE to see a sequel to this book!”

“I highly recommend The Frankincense Tour for readers who enjoy YA, historical fiction, adventure and a little mystery sprinkled in for good measure.”

“I will count this book as one of my favourites for this year.”


You can read the full reviews on The Frankincense Trail website.