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A thrilling, inventive follow-up to The Desert of Souls by Howard Andrew Jones, a "rare master of the storytellers art" (Greenmanreview.com)
As a snowfall blankets 8th century Mosul, a Persian noblewoman arrives at the home of the scholar Dabir and his friend the swordsman Captain Asim. Najya has escaped from a dangerous cabal that has ensorcelled her to track down ancient magical tools of tremendous power, the bones of the old ones.
To stop the cabal and save Najya, Dabir and Asim venture into the worst winter in human memory, hunted by a shape-changing assassin. The stalwart Asim is drawn irresistibly toward the beautiful Persian even as Dabir realizes she may be far more dangerous a threat than anyone who pursues them, for her enchantment worsens with the winter. As their opposition grows, Dabir and Asim have no choice but to ally with their deadliest enemy, the treacherous Greek necromancer, Lydia. But even if they can trust one another long enough to escape their foes, it may be too late for Najya, whose soul is bound up with a vengeful spirit intent on sheathing the world in ice for a thousand years...
“The Bones of the Old Ones is a damn good tale that not only pays homage to the masters, but sets its own print on the genre.” --SF Signal
“This rousing sequel to The Desert of Souls offers a mélange of ancient adventure myths populated by convincing, endearing characters… As intricately woven as the magic carpet of Greek sorceress Lydia, Joness tale incorporates real historical personages and settings like Mosul of “haggard beauty” from the early days of Islam, and fills the pages with gallantry and glamour to provide a thrilling spectacle.” -Publishers Weekly, starred review
"This rousing sequel to The Desert of Souls offers a mÃ©lange of ancient adventure myths populated by convincing, endearing characters. In the eighth century C.E., a period of frequent armed clashes between Byzantine Greeks and the Muslim caliphate, doughty Capt. Asim el Abbas and scholar Dabir ibn Khalil rescue alluring and aristocratic Najya binta Alimah from her kidnappers, the Sebitti, seven sinister wizards from the remote past. In Asim and Dabir's subsequent quest to find and destroy the ancient and powerful bone-weapons also sought by the Sebitti and free Najya from the weapons' soul-threatening spell, the friends experience one fearful ordeal after another, while brave Asim falls more and more for Najya's wit, courage, and charms. As intricately woven as the magic carpet of Greek sorceress Lydia, Jones's tale incorporates real historical personages and settings like Mosul of 'haggard beauty' from the early days of Islam, and fills the pages with gallantry and glamour to provide a thrilling spectacle." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A thrilling, inventive follow-up to The Desert of Souls by Howard Andrew Jones, a "rare master of the storytellers art" (Greenmanreview.com) Combining the masterful fantasy of Robert E . Howard with the high-speed action of Bernard Cornwell, Howard Andrew Jones breathes new life into the glittering tradition of sword-and-sorcery with the latest tale of Dabir and Assims adventures. Our heroes are living comfortably in Mosul under the patronage of the citys governor. Despite the regions rare frostbitten winter, things are going well until a desperate young woman named Najya is brought to them, claiming that she has escaped from a sorcerous cabal and that her memory has been altered in a dangerous magic ritual. Dabir fears much more is at stake, especially when someone claiming to be Najyas father arrives and attacks them. Dabir and Asim stave off the wizard and flee with Najya to the governors palace, where they find the first of the hidden tools sought by the cabal: the Bones of the Old Ones. Dabir and Asim quickly realize that more than one group is after the girl and the Bones, and they must race against time to stop their enemies dark quest from plunging the world into a neverending winter.
About the Author
HOWARD ANDREW JONES is the acknowledged expert on fiction writer Harold Lamb. He is the Managing Editor of Black Gate magazine, and he blogs regularly at its website.