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This is book number 1 in the The Chronicles of Will Ryde & Awa Maryam series.
"Khan’s adventure focuses on the Mediterranean region, when the Ottoman Empire, the Republic of Venice, Spain, Portugal and Morocco were jostling, seeking to hold or increase their trading power and influence. The sketching of this backdrop is accompanied by insights into the Arabic culture. . . . Will and Awa are a formidable team whose quests are as exciting as those of many protagonists of modern dystopian or spy novels for this age group. Fights, chases and conspiracy plots make this into a fast moving and exciting read. Khan does not take what could have been the obvious romantic route instead allowing Awa and Will to develop a true friendship based on their respective skills and qualities. . . . Khan’s writing is fluent, and the wealth of details enriches the plot without slowing its pace. . . . An insightful, fascinating and gripping story." —Armadillo magazine