A thief chooses the wrong victim.
A desert lord abandons his lands.
A young woman accepts a stewardship.
They all find their destinies on the sands.
Idisio cuts the wrong purse and finds himself bound to serve a desert lord who just gave up his wealth, his lands, and his name to wander. His new master is the lone survivor of a massacred family and might be insane, but serving him is better than life on the streets.
Lady Alyea accepts the king's mission to assume stewardship of the desert lord's abandoned fortress. But the southern desert is a harsh world of violence, suspicion, and politically tangled family clans who worship the old gods. All her courtly manners are useless as she struggles to gain status in a deadly race for a prize she doesn't fully understand.
Out on the sands, the harsh glare of the sun reveals more about the world--and themselves--than they ever wanted to know.
Book One of Children of the Desert
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