One wish remains before Zubis, a djinni of primeval necromancy, is released. With freedom, he desires vengeance. Bethany O’Brien is bound to Zubis by an ancient betrayal. She is the only person who can vanquish the djinni; she was once the Asima Uruk, a high priestess in service to King Solomon and apprenticed to Zubis. But salvaging her existence as the Asima Uruk means questioning everything she knows about herself and the hierarchy of humans in God’s creation. Her life, as well as the balance of power in the Middle East, depend on the answers.
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"Allah, protect me," Ali Qadir called out. He stepped back and raised his hands in resistance, not ready to concede fear.
The image before him, gray and muscular, shimmered in opalescence like the underside of an oyster shell. Arms raised above its angular head in a stretch. The wide gash of a mouth traveled through a drama of emotions. A glint of teeth intimated pleasure tinged with malevolence. A final solemn expression beneath restless eyes was like the impatience of a lover once betrayed.
Bluish skin blushed yellow against the air. Black orbs showed no iris, no white globes, until a slow, purposeful blinking constricted the black to a center pupil and infused the eyes with the golden color of dunes after sunset. Dark coils of hair formed a tight wreath against its head, so black that it reminded Ali Qadir of the utter void of a starless sky. And like the silvery etchings of distant constellations, strange symbols and lines carved illuminated scars into the being's forehead. At first, the marks appeared raised and angry, but gradually faded to an opaque tattoo that revealed itself in bits as the hair swirled and fell across its brow.
The apparition's countenance twisted between a smile and a sneer. "Your God is my God."
"No," Ali Qadir said. "You are one of the djinn. You are a follower of Iblis, the fallen one."
A low rumble coursed through the genie's chest and spilled from his mouth in a grunt of laughter. "Ali Qadir bin Saud," he said. "Have you not heard? It is you who fell. It is man who betrayed his God."
K. F. Zuzulo is the author of several paranormal romances and thrillers. Her romances, published by Sapphire Blue Publishing, are bestsellers at various online bookstores. Her first novel, A Genie in the House of Saud: Zubis Rises, was a winner in the...