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The story explores interesting themes with two parallel narratives; one of an ancient Greek-Anatolian explorer Scylax who was commissioned by Persian emperor Darius to explore the length of river Indus sometimes in 515 BC. Scylax is said to have started his journey from a place called Caspatyrus described as a city close to where the rivers Indus and Kabul meet and run side by side for some distance before merging. Although no one is sure where Caspatyrus is it is thought to be the present city of Peshawar.
The second story is of a female English archaeologist who comes to Peshawar to search for a relic belonging to Scylax believed to be buried somewhere in the area while world war one is being fought in Europe and Mesopotamia. The two stories have the common theme of loyalty, for according to the legend while Scylax was much rewarded by Darius, when his native country Caria rose in revolt against Persian rule he stood side by side with his countrymen to fight the Persian army, much to the charging of Darius. And in the same manner the male lead of the novel is a young Pathan solider who has arrived back in Peshawar after losing an eye at Ypres and is torn between his loyalty to the British and the rising tide of rebellion around him.
Overall an interesting read but nowhere near as engaging as a book by Khalid Hossanie. Also, the story of Scylax may have been developed a bit more instead of some pages where the hero Najeeb is not doing much in Peshawar.
I feel that the writer was unable to bring it all together at the end and so instead of ending in a climax the story just fades away leaving a sense of disappointment.
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