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A Demon's Touch (The Chronicles of Will Ryde & Awa Maryam #3) (Paperback)
Istanbul, 1593- returning from their previous mission with the death of their Commander weighing heavily upon them, there is no respite for the Ruzgär unit, as they are declared traitors to the Ottoman Empire and banished from the legendary Janissary order. Even the recovery of the fabled Armour of David, so prized by the Sultan is not enough to prevent this. Now, desperate and on the run, Will must turn to the sinister Earl of Rothminster as an unlikely protector. Meanwhile Awa and the remaining Ruzgär, outcasts as far as the authorities are concerned, are nevertheless called upon by their small band of supporters to protect the very people who have declared them enemies of the empire, as a mysterious force threatens to engulf the capital. All roads lead to Istanbul and all who traverse it, will be plagued by a demon’s touch...
"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 on A Tudor Turk
"Provides an interesting and broader than usual perspective on the world during the reign of Elizabeth 1; a time in which the English Queen seeks to make links with Sultan Murad, powerful ruler of the Ottoman Empire. Through this story and its cast of characters East meets West and rich meets poor providing windows into very different worlds and demonstrating, in particular through the two main characters, how trust, collaboration and a sense of shared purpose bring people together." —Book for Keeps on A Tudor Turk