Word spreads among librarians, and the hunt for Bitchery knowledge is on:
I’ve got a patron looking for a book – She’s knows A LOT about it,
but not enough for me to have any luck trying to find it. I’ve used
NoveList, Amazon & Google, all to no avail. So, I’m hoping someone will
recognize the description and know what she’s talking about.
It’s a series of at least two books (probably historical romance) set
somewhere in the ancient Middle East. She couldn’t remember if it was
Persia, Syria, Byzantine, etc.
The female lead runs away from a harem where she is being held
prisoner/captive. However, she’s forced to leave her younger sister
behind. She travels across the desert and eventually meets a man from
another country, possibly Greece or Rome. I believe he becomes her
love interest. The man has a “side kick/companion” who goes back to
rescue the sister and they eventually become romantically involved, as
The main plot deals with an elixir of immortality or eternal
youth which is being kept in a golden box. The main villain is, of
course, after this magic vial, and he has a whole army of “ninja-like”
men he’s trained to do his bidding. Eventually the 4 main characters
get a hold of the everlasting life potion and use it on themselves.
She equated these books to being on par with Diana Gabaldon, but not
quite so thick; at least one of them was published in hardcover and is