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What hides in men’s hearts may be as dark as what lies beneath cursed sands.
320 B.C., EGYPT
Ptolemy, Egypt’s new satrap, is a worried man. A rebel threatens his rule, the Great River has failed to inundate, priests demand ever more coin in return for appeasing the gods, and the many warring generals in Europe and Asia cast their baleful eyes on his land.
When he receives stunning news of an army under the Great Sand Sea and might solve his desperate need for money to build and supply his own, Ptolemy thanks the many gods that have blessed him with the satrapy. But there is one problem—finding it in the vast expanse of a hostile desert requires him to seek someone he once tried to have murdered.
Now Deon, a former captain in Alexander’s army, and Eurydice, a noble’s polyglot daughter, are back on this tantalizing mission. And they are about to uncover something far more sinister than what they have been asked to find, because when kingdoms are at stake, loyalty, friendship, and family might mean nothing.