25 December 2005 – Christmas present from Ali / Heaven-Ali

This was wonderful – so great to discover a new author. Set at the beginning of the British Afghanistan campaign of 1838, Mariana the young translator gets embroiled in various plots revolving around the disappearance of the son of one of the Maharajah of Punjab’s courtiers. Romantic without being icky, and full of information about the mysterious Sufi, the mystical arm of Islam, this is a fascinating page-turner, which leaves you longing for more.

Luckily, Ali gave me the next book in the trilogy for Christmas, too!