This book has a lawrence of arabia/arabic theme, which is a nice change from the usual settings of other FR novels i have read.
The story is set in the desert region of Faerun known as Anauroch. The Zhentarim have embarked on a crusade to open up a trade route and pacify/wipe the local populace throughout the desert region. This is the first of the "Harper" series, and see's one of there agents helping the local tribes to rally against there oppressors.
The story is written well, moves along at a fast pace and like most of these novels very easy to read. The nomads and the setting of the story are almost identical to the middle-east region. With Sheikh's, camels, many arabic reference to clothing and weapons etc. This surprising works very well with the added mix of magic and the fantasy setting of the Forgotten realms. The author has written a convincing tale of a arabic/FR story.
Fans of FR will find this one of the better of there novels and non-fans will also enjoy this without the need of previously exposure to FR.
An entertaining if not particularly original read. Some elements of interesting magic, a vague relevance to the wider Forgotten Realms world but heavily Arabic influenced. There were some wasted opportunities for some romance but the stronger narrative of desert cruelty holds a great sway.