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Title: In the Shadow of Swords
Author(s): Val Gunn
Publication Date: February 28, 2011
Publisher: Errant Press
Format: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Logline: When the assassin Ciris Sarn, murders Hiril Alta´r, he leaves behind the legendary Books of Promise. They come into the hands of Hiril's vengeful widow, Marin, and she becomes a target even as she hunts for her husband's murderer. Meanwhile, Fajeer Dassai, a brutal kingmaker, plots to retrieve the fabled treasure to make himself wealthy beyond imagination. His only obstacle is Pavanan Munif, a capable, but drug-addicted tracker. Soon assassins, sheikhs, spies, and viziers are all embroiled in a potentially world-shattering conspiracy weaving to showdown where violence and murder is the only path to true redemption.
Link to author's website: http://valgunn.com