TWO LIVES, FOREVER CHANGED BY VIOLENCE, MAGIC, AND LOVE
The world is built on the bones of long-forgotten gods, and in the vast deserts of Ifriqya, Tamourte’s adventurous life as a fast-talking con-artist and low-rent summoner barely masks his unwanted alienation from his clan.
When an opportunity to get his fingers into a lavish caravan destined for the Empire of Ghana arises, Tam leaps at the chance, only to find himself confronted with an unexpected cargo.
Sjau is more beast than human - a filthy, fevered wild man ranting- when Tam first sees him. And when pride and curiosity combined cause him to impulsively liberate the barbarian, it sets in motion a chain of events neither one of them are prepared to face.
Faced with ancient magic, clockwork horrors and the might of an Empire at their throats, the worst dangers Tam and Sjau may have to face are their own, very literal, demons.
I loved this cycle enough that I read it in three consecutive sittings, one book a night. I haven't done that since I was a kid. But the series was so compelling, so entertaining, so unrelentingly human, I couldn't put it down. If I could have read it all in one night, I would have. The world is rich, and well researched, and wonderful, and the characters sing amidst the backdrop of their world. Or, as my brother in law put it when I pressed the book on him: "Better than getting new socks, and I love socks."