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Copyright: ©2011-2013 Rayne Hall

Cover by Paul Davies and Erica Syverson © Rayne Hall

Scimitar Press (8 March 2013 Smashwords Edition)

This ebook is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. It may not be re-sold or given away to other people.

All characters are fictional and exist only in the author's imagination. Any resemblance to people living or dead is coincidence.

British spellings.

Chapter 1: The Summons

Even in the shade of the graffiti-carved olive tree, the air sang with heat. Dahoud listened to the hum of voices in the tavern garden, the murmured gossip about royals and rebels. If patrons noticed him, they would only see a young clerk sitting among the lord-satrap's followers, a harmless bureaucrat. Dahoud planned to stay harmless.

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