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Secrets of the Sands (Children of the Desert) by Leona Wisoker
Cover Artist: Michael J. Sullivan
Review by Colleen Cahill
Mercury Retrograde Press Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780981988238
Date: 30 March 2010 List Price $18.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

A good book has a lot of elements to it, but if I like the characters, I will often overlook any flaws. When I started reading Leona Wisoker’s debut novel, Secrets of the Sands, I knew in the first 50 pages that I was going to love this book. Beginning with a street thief who’s botched pick pocketing could lead to either a better life or a hanging, I was soon introduced to a whole cast of intriguing people, all wrapped up in a fascinating story of two cultures and a deep mystery that effects all humanity.

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Product Description: When Cafad Scratha was a child, someone murdered his entire family. People have questioned his sanity ever since. As the last Scratha, he's dedicated his life to catching the murderers. Now a desert lord, one of the mysterious elite of the southlands, he stands above every mundane political imperative and rule of courtesy--or so it seems until the king of the northlands tries to bring Scratha to heel. Scratha's bizarre reaction throws the independent southlands into chaos: he hands temporary control of his family lands over to the king, takes on an assumed name, and sneaks out of the city. The king sends Alyea, a young noblewoman, to hold the ceded prize: but while she understands kingdom politics, she's quickly out of her depth in the byzantine world of the southlands. What she thought was a quick ticket to power turns out to be a dangerous assignment that may well lead her to a literal dead end. Just as trapped is Idisio, the orphaned street-thief sent by a chance encounter into Scratha's service. As his new and throughly unstable master goes undercover, Idisio finds himself drawn into the mysterious world of the desert lords and their secrets. Idisio's growing comprehension of the world he's stepped into doesn't just change his beliefs; it leads him to an unsuspected truth about himself that will change his life forever.

(Source: Mercury Retrograde Press)

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