I just loved this book! The story of this people was so fascinating I had to drop everything else I was reading and concentrate only on this. Which is strange for me, because I usually have multiple books going at the same time. This is a beautifully written piece. The author does a good job describing the scenery and the tension with the characters. The book is filled with suspense and intrigue. It is a captivating piece from cover to cover. This is not your typical novel. The author successfully integrates the themes of leadership, love, loss, hope and survival into a smart and engrossing book. “This book is highly recommended to anyone looking for an epic adventure, a tale of friendship, love and betrayals with a touch of magical realism.” – the most accurate review I have seen to date, I could not describe it in any more or less detail.
In a squalid ancient city on the edge of a desert (based in part on the African Sahara’s Empty Quarter) a weary, thrill-seeking thief named Omari sets his home afire to start anew and to cover his many crimes. When the entire city is unintentionally destroyed by the flames, the cornered thief tells the displaced people a lie about a better place which only he can lead them to, across the desert. With the help of an aged, mysterious woman who knows a better place actually does exist, they set out. The desperate people must come together to fight their way through bandits, storms, epidemics, and more. As a result of Omari’s involvement with Saba, a fiercely independent woman who is out to break him in the pay of a merchant whom he has offended, his ability to lead – his very life – is jeopardized.