The Desert of Souls (The Chronicles of Sword and Sand, #1)
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The Desert of Souls

by Howard Andrew Jones
Release date: February 11, 2011
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasyhistorical fantasy + sword and sorcery

The glittering tradition of sword-and-sorcery sweeps into the sands of ancient Arabia with the heart-stopping speed of a whirling dervish in this thrilling debut novel from new talent Howard Andrew Jones

In 8th century Baghdad, a stranger pleads with the vizier to safeguard the bejeweled tablet he carries, but he is murdered before he can explain. Charged with solving the puzzle, the scholar Dabir soon realizes that the tablet may unlock secrets hidden within the lost city of Ubar, the Atlantis of the sands. When the tablet is stolen from his care, Dabir and Captain Asim are sent after it, and into a life and death chase through the ancient Middle East.

Stopping the thieves — a cunning Greek spy and a fire wizard of the Magi — requires a desperate journey into the desert, but first Dabir and Asim must find the lost ruins of Ubar and contend with a mythic, sorcerous being that has traded wisdom for the souls of men since the dawn of time. But against all these hazards there is one more that may be too great even for Dabir to overcome...

"The Desert of Souls is filled with adventure, magic, compelling characters and twists that are twisty. This is seriously cool stuff." — Steven Brust

“An entertaining and enjoyable journey into a world of djinns and magic far darker than expected, yet one that ends with hope, both for the characters... and that there will be yet another book.” L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

"A modern iteration of old school storytelling. Highly recommended to anyone in search of a fun run through strange lands and times." — Glen Cook

“An Arabian Nights adventure as written by Robert E. Howard. It is exciting, inventive, and most of all fun.” — David Drake

(updated 2016-11-01)

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