Sand Daughter

Sarah Bryant, Author . Berkley $15 (471p) ISBN 978-0-425-22980-4

In this Crusades-era historical, Bryant (The Other Eden ) follows the journey of an ordinary Bedouin woman, Kalidah, who escapes her arranged marriage to run off with a mysterious minstrel named Sulayman. Doing so, she sets into motion a chain of events that draw her into plots with the Knights Templar, the legendary Saladin and the shadowy Jinn, a group of fearsome Afghan warriors who form the basis of the Islamic legend. Bryant also follows Kalidah’s childhood friend Bilal, who discovers that the father he thought was dead is not only alive but the commander of a band of warrior-monks; Bilal’s story explores Saladin’s army and the charismatic leader himself. Immediately immersing, rich in detail and complex in theme, this skillful novel uses nested stories and long reveals that call to mind the Arabian Nights, and doesn’t shy from challenging subject matter. Gripping and convincing, this is a worthy historical page-turner. (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 08/31/2009
Release date: 10/01/2009
Genre: Fiction
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