WOW!!!!!!!! This is a fantastic novel that brings us into a mysterious, intriguing and sensual world showing, not only its beauty and history, but it's harshness of its culture. The emotional events are written with a tender hand enabling the reader to become engrossed but not repelled. Eloquently descriptive of emotions, settings, people and places, the author took me into the opulence of royalty and through threads of betrayal, spying, timely war, great love and revenge. Most interesting the factual scenes of oppression and lack of respect given to women in Saudi Arabia. I surely recommend this aunthor who is rapidily becoming my favorite one!!