By Judith Tarr
The yr is 1191. where is the Holy Land, the place the knights of Christ are embroiled in a conflict with the armies of Islam. The prize is the holy urban of Jerusalem.
Led via Richard the Lionheart, the armies of the West are carrying out a campaign opposed to the sultan Saladin. In Cyprus, the king's mom, Eleanor, has struck a devil's discount to provide Richard victory at any expense. in simple terms Sinan the sorcerer understands that victory will price the king his immortal soul.
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Shiva registered from the corner of his eye that the other attackers were picking up the injured and withdrawing. The hooded figure was fighting a brilliant rearguard action as his men retreated. Shiva realised that the man’s hood would impair his side vision. That was a weakness that could be exploited. Moving to the left, Shiva swung ferociously, hoping to peg him back so that the lady could finish the job from the other side. But his opponent was up to the challenge. As he stepped slightly back, he deflected Shiva’s swing with a deft move of his right hand.
Shiva was stunned. Daksha did not look a day older than thirty years. In fact nobody in Meluha looked old. Except for the Pandit that Shiva had met at the Brahma temple. So Nandi is more than a hundred years old. ’ asked a flabbergasted Shiva. ’ ‘There is no sorcery at all my Lord,’ explained Daksha. ‘What makes this possible is the brilliance of our scientists who make a potion called the Somras, the drink, of the gods . Taking the Somras at defined times not only postpones our death considerably, but it also allows us to live our entire Eves as if we are in the prime of our youth — mentally and physically’ ‘But what is the Somras?
In his mind, the construction of a city like this must truly be man’s greatest achievement. Shiva’s entourage rode up to the drawbridge across the field of spikes to the Tamra platform. The drawbridge had been reinforced with metal bars at the bottom and had roughened baked bricks laid out on top so that horses and chariots would not slip. There was something about the bricks he had seen across the empire that had intrigued Shiva. ’ ‘Yes my Lord,’ replied a surprised Nandi. All the bricks in Meluha are made as per specifications and guidelines given by the Chief Architect of the empire.