By Guy Gavriel Kay
Hauntingly evocative of medieval Spain, a deeply compelling tale of affection, experience, divided loyalties, and what occurs while ideals start to remake – or ruin – a world.
The ruling Asharites of Al-Rassan have come from the wasteland sands, yet over centuries, seduced through the sensuous pleasures in their new land, their stern piety has eroded. The Asharite empire has splintered into decadent city-states led by way of warring petty kings. King Almalik of Cartada is at the ascendancy, aided constantly via his pal and consultant, the infamous Ammar ibn Khairan – poet, diplomat, soldier – till a summer season afternoon of savage brutality alterations their dating forever.
Meanwhile, within the north, the conquered Jaddites' such a lot celebrated – and feared – army chief, Rodrigo Belmonte, pushed into exile, leads his mercenary corporation south.
In the harmful lands of Al-Rassan, those males from various worlds meet and serve – for a time – an analogous grasp. Tangled of their interwoven destiny – and divided via her emotions – is Jehane, the complete court docket healthcare professional, whose abilities is probably not adequate to heal the arriving soreness as Al-Rassan is swept to the edge of holy struggle, and beyond.
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