Prince Ashamet does not believe in love. But a gift of an exotic pale-skinned foreign slave unexpectedly turns his world around. The handsome Keril's purity and innocence are unlike anything Ashamet has ever encountered in a grown man. Amidst the court intrigues and mysterious attempts on his life, Ashamet finds himself far too preoccupied with gaining his slave’s trust.
But is Keril's love truly the salvation he seeks? Or is the slave a sophisticated tool, crafted by Ashamet’s enemies to destroy him?
Ashamet, Desert Born is a compelling debut, featuring adventure, intrigue, and romance in a rich fantasy world inspired by the magical settings of the Arabian Nights.
“Rich and compelling” - SFCrowsnest
“I will certainly be looking for more work from Terry Jackman, who writes with such intelligence, emotional depth and subtlety.” - Mortal Words
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ashamet: Desert Born by Terry Jackman (Dragonwell Publishing.) I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found it extraordinary, a masterly work of composition. The creation of characters, people, not types, with whom the reader can wholly identify, requires no inconsiderable skill. Maintaining those characters, staying faithful to them through more than three hundred pages of disbelief suspending prose requires yet greater skill still. But taking those characters and placing them in a credible alien world but yet a world disturbingly human: that requires skill of a wholly consummate order. Yet the author appears to achieve this with ease. The distant and far flung desert kingdom of the Kadduchi, a richly tapestried wholly male dominated feudal empire, is akin to that of Ancient Egypt or Rome. Mighty citadels, glittering palaces, a Byzantine Court and a demigod emperor with a powerful yet shadowy priesthood in support of – or perhaps vying for – the throne. Amidst all this stands Crown Prince Ashamet – about to be entered into marriage, solely to secure the Royal line – a powerful warrior, a shrewd tactician, the apple of his imperial father’s eye and, apparently, popular with all. Yet someone is plotting against him with deadly intent, employing both poison and the sword. Ashamet, it need hardly be said, is a fantasy. But the reader does not have to be a fantasy fan to enjoy it. The tale is rich in colour, it has adventure, it has mystery; it has combat, enigma, treachery and intrigue. But above all else it has love. A love that rises out of naked lust and is interwoven with dark humour. A love which, as it matures appears to become oh so pure and yet, one wonders, is it? At the very end it seems to me there is a question hanging. Could someone, seemingly wholly innocent and naïve, be seeking ultimate power? I am afraid I do not know. But what I do know is that, Ashamet, Ms Jackman’s debut novel, is a cracker and I believe a star is born. Five stars ***** D. A. Barker. Author of “Killing for Christmas.”