Templeton takes readers on a young woman’s journey to love and self- transcendence in his unsettling debut. Nahar, the young queen of Samandal, a city-state located on the rich trade routes linking the Inner Regions of the desert with the Kurgon Empire, finds herself at the mercy of Timur, the paramount warlord of the Mrrrg, a semi-human from the race of ferocious and savage conquerors, after the latter captures the city of Samandal. Torn between love and desire and her duty to her people, Nahar sets on a fierce journey of sensuality and self-discovery. There is danger, action, erotic sex, and true love as the protagonists struggle with their dilemmas, fears, and inner darkness. Templeton’s prose is crisp, letting the reader see the vulnerabilities lurking beneath Timur’s malevolent persona. Timur may be a ruthless monster, for example, but he shows a slightly emotional side and an appreciation for Nahar’s inherent strength and sexuality. Equally compelling are his explorations into Nahar’s inner turmoil as she grapples with her duty and dark sexual fantasies. The highly explicit sex scenes that form the major portion of the narrative are mostly varied and very graphic in nature (including disturbing rape scenes, with the victim getting aroused and scenes of sexual violence), and the action sequences are heavy on bloodshed and violence. A highly erotic tale of speculative fiction that’s packed with sex, violence, and intrigue.