“He who possesses it will be most powerful. Yet what most think is power will be taken by its touch.”
The ultimate weapon, the Cylinder has the power to geld one’s enemies . . . or bestow peace upon all who touch it.
Created from magic clay brought to Earth by a star traveler, the Cylinder was created by Belshazaar, prince of Basra, in 500 B.C. to immortalize his beloved fiancée, Amat, whose family’s fall from grace resulted in her being sold into slavery and the harem of the Sheik of Shiraz. Arriving at the sheik’s camp too late to spirit her away, Belshazaar takes possession of a glittering treasure chest containing the mysterious substance. Grief-stricken, he writes her story in cuneiform.
Fast forward to 1979 Tehran. With the help of her shapeshifting roommate and crush classmate Mirza, Anoush, an idealistic history student steals this national treasure to prevent its destruction by clerics of the incoming Muslim regime. Tragedy intervenes, delaying the sharing of its magic and message until they are truly needed.
Anoush and Mirza are the reincarnated Amat and Belshazaar from Harem Sister, Book 1 of the Sekhmet Series. Her roommate, Omid, is the reincarnated harem girl for whom that Amat made the ultimate sacrifice, in an attempt to save her from the Sheik’s wrath. The themes this book explores are the shaping of souls and love over millennia; reciprocity not barred by time or incarnations; and the discovery of one’s personal power. The tone is fantasy/drama/adventure/romance.
Michele B Fontaine
black & white illustrations
black & white illustrations
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The strong female protagonist of this book is someone many women will be able to relate to and admire. She’s idealistic, in love, naïve, brilliant, sometimes strong, sometimes torn. She embarks on her Heroine’s Journey and to her delight, receives the validation and emotional support of her partner. This being a drama, however, time in paradise is short. But there’s a larger timeline at play here, since she’s the reincarnated heroine of Book 1 and 2 of the series. Character flaws she encountered in a previous skin have been tempered by fire. She has evolved. In this new lifetime, she’s working out different lessons and a new karma. She also ages in this book; something that didn’t happen in the previous two. Readers get to see the wisdom as well as the the wrinkles in the 60-something Anoush.
Also, enough backstory is given that this can be a stand-alone book. No need to spend the time “catching up” with the first two of the...
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