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Publisher's Summary

An engrossing, expansive historical fantasy drama, inspired by the Mamluk slave dynasty of Egypt.

Tumanbay: the wealthiest city on Earth. The beating heart of a vast empire. A city of dreams, where those who once arrived as slaves now hold power, and merchants, artists and warriors live side-by-side in peace. But this magnificent city is under threat. A rebellion in a far-off province, led by 'Queen' Maya, is gathering strength - and a mysterious force is devouring the empire from within.

Gregor, a merciless spymaster and Master of the Palace Guard, is charged by Sultan Al-Ghuri to crush the insurgence, as his brother, General Qulan, is dispatched to quell the provincial insurrection. But as well as rooting out traitors, Gregor must contend with his arch-rival, the cunning Grand Vizier, Cadali. Meanwhile, Heaven, the 14-year-old daughter of slave merchant Ibn, is adrift at sea, captive to an escaped slave on whom she depends for her survival. Madu, the Sultan's spoilt nephew, also has to grow up quickly as he swaps palace life for the army....

As the wheel of fate turns, Tumanbay's fortunes suffer a terrible reversal. Beset by plague, assassins, invasion, occupation and revolution, the once-great city is riven by political intrigue and power struggles. As rulers are toppled and tyrants fall, who will survive and thrive - and who will die?

A Game of Thrones-style epic with the sweep of The Arabian Nights, this compelling story of love, revenge, betrayal and deception won the Best Audio Serial Gold Award at the New York Radio Festival. Among the impressive ensemble cast are Rufus Wright, Olivia Popica, Matthew Marsh, Alexander Siddig, John Sessions, Hiran Abeysekera, Aiysha Hart, Anton Lesser, Tara Fitzgerald, Enzo Cilenti and Rob Jarvis.

Production credits:

Created by John Scott Dryden and Mike Walker and inspired by the Mamluk slave rulers of Egypt

Written by John Scott Dryden, Mike Walker and Mac Rogers

Directed by John Scott Dryden

Produced by Emma Hearn, Nadir Khan and John Scott Dryden

Original music by Sacha Puttnam

Additional music by Jon Ouin

Sound design: Steve Bond, Jon Ouin and Eloise Whitmore

Sound recording by Joe Richardson and Laurence Farr

Sound edited by James Morgan and Andrea Gomez

Editors: Ania Przygoda and James Morgan

A Goldhawk Production for BBC Radio 4

©2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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  • 05-29-22

Excellent!

Great story set across an epic background with a great cast providing fantastic performances! Excellent!

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  • 04-01-22

An epic listen

This was a totally absorbing listen. The performances were excellent and the atmosphere convincing and magical.

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  • 02-27-22

Masterpiece a must listen too .

I loved everything about the journey this book took me on.
I hope they continue to collaborate on future pieces . Please make it so !!

Thanks for an exellent listen :)

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  • 11-26-21

I'd rather hear a book read than a radio play

couldn't finish this. found the dramatic rendition difficult to follow. I. sure the actors were amazing and the sound effects fabulous bit it just didn't do it for me. give me a so how reader doing a great job with different voices every time

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