The Deserter of Alamut
Justin Allen, Slaves of the Shinar , about a fictional war in ancient Sumer waged by the legendary Nephilim people. Maggie Anton, Apprentice , about the youngest daughter of the third-century Babylonian Jewish scholar Rav Hisda and her aspiration to become a sorceress; 2 in the Rav Hisda's Daughter series.
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Anne Hart, Adventures in My Beloved Medieval Alania and Beyond , about the migrations and travel of the tenth-century Kagan of Khazaria and his family; self-published.
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Howard Andrew Jones, The Desert of Souls , historical adventure fantasy about a swordsman and a scholar in ninth-century Baghdad sent into the desert on a hazardous mission to recover a priceless golden artifact. Review or Author Interview. Howard Andrew Jones, The Bones of the Old Ones , historical adventure fantasy about a swordsman and a scholar whose comfortable lives in Mosul are interrupted by a woman begging their protection from a shape-shifting sorcerer; sequel to The Desert of Souls. Monroe S.
Kuttner, The Rabbi King: David of Khazaria , about a fictional leader of the Jewish kingdom of Khazaria in its waning days during the twelfth century; self-published. Amin Maalouf, The Gardens of Light , about the third century Mesopotamian artist, doctor and prophet Mani, whose philosophy in a distorted form came to be known as Manichaeism. Barry Unsworth, Land of Marvels , about a British archaeologist, his wife, a handsome American geologist and an Arab con man in Mesopotamia in during the last days of the Ottoman Empire and the early days of the Western quest for oil.
Kader Abdolah, The King , about Shah Naser, who comes to the throne of Persia in and struggles with pressures to modernize. Anita Amirrezvani, The Blood of Flowers , about a young woman in seventeenth century Persia forced to become a carpet weaver after her father dies. Anita Amirrezvani, Equal of the Sun , about Princess Pari, who makes a dangerous choice when her father, the shah, dies in without naming an heir, and her despotic brother assumes the throne.
Omid Banyasad, The Deserter of Alamut , about a young shepherd who joins the fighters at Alamut in order to avenge the kidnapping of his bride-to-be on their wedding day; self-published. Vladimir Bartol, Alamut , about Hasan Sabbah, an eleventh century warlord who converted young men into fearless assassins by tricking them into believing he held the key to Paradise.
James Boschert, Assassins of Alamut , about a Frankish boy captured and trained as a Hashshashin assassin who falls in love with a Persian princess; 1 in the Book of Talon trilogy. James Boschert, Knight Assassin , about a Frank trained as a Hashshashin who returns to his homeland to find that his family estate is threatened and he may have to revive his skills as an assassin to save it; 2 in the Book of Talon trilogy.
Kirwin, Dawn of the Greatest Persian: The Childhood of Cyrus the Great , a novel about the childhood of Cyrus the Great which attempts to reconcile differing accounts of the Persian emperor's life story; 1 in a planned trilogy; self-published.
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Kirwin, Finding the Persian Way: Cyrus the Great Travels in Ancient Persia , a novel about the childhood of Cyrus the Great which attempts to reconcile differing accounts of the Persian emperor's life story; 2 in a planned trilogy; self-published. Scott Oden, The Lion of Cairo , about an assassin from the Persian fortress of Alamut sent to Cairo to prevent the fall of its young caliph; 1 in a planned trilogy.
Elif Shafak, The Forty Rules of Love , a dual-time novel about the thirteenth-century Persian poet Rumi, and an unhappily married modern woman reading a manuscript about Rumi which transforms her life. Judith Tarr, Alamut , historical fantasy about an immortal prince who travels to the Middle East during the time of the Crusades and becomes involved in a vendetta against the Assassins of Alamut.
Jason Goodwin, The Janissary Tree , a literary mystery about a Turkish eunuch who is a detective and must track down a serial killer whose murders threaten to disrupt the Sultan's plan to modernize the Ottoman Empire in ; 1 in the Investigator Yashim series. Jason Goodwin, The Snake Stone , a literary mystery about a Turkish eunuch who is a detective, but becomes the chief suspect in the murder of an archaeologist in s Istanbul; 2 in the Investigator Yashim series.
Jason Goodwin, The Bellini Card , a literary mystery about a Turkish eunuch in nineteenth century Istanbul assigned to track down a missing Bellini portrait of Mehmed the Conqueror which may have resurfaced in Venice; 3 in the Investigator Yashim series. Jason Goodwin, An Evil Eye , a literary mystery about a Turkish eunuch who investigates the murder of a man whose body is discovered in the cistern of a Christian monastery in Istanbul; 4 in the Investigator Yashim series. Jason Goodwin, The Baklava Club , a literary mystery about a Turkish eunuch who must find a Polish prince kidnapped by Italian exiles in Istanbul; 5 in the Investigator Yashim series.
Andrew Killeen, The Father of Locks , a literary thriller, set in eighth-century Baghdad during the rule of Harun al-Rashid, in which a thief and a poet join forces to find out why children in the city have been disappearing. Andrew Killeen, The Seven Voyages of Abu Nuwas forthcoming in April , a literary thriller set in eighth-century Baghdad in which a former thief, now a storyteller, tries to help his old friend, a noted poet, find out who is trying to kill him; sequel to The Father of Locks. Jenny White, The Sultan's Seal , about a magistrate in the Ottoman Empire's new secular court system in and his investigation of the murder of an Englishman, which may be connected to the murder of the governess for the imperial harem; 1 in the Kamil Pasha mystery series.
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