ISBN:  0-312-99853-8
May 2005
St. Martin's Press
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
384 pages

Ian George Angleston Rufford had been captured by Barbary pirates and sold into
slavery at the market in Algiers.  For two years, he was forced to serve Asharti as her
caravan wandered the desert.  One drop of blood infected him and he was abandoned
and feverish with Marakech days away.

Elizabeth Rochewell had spent the past ten years on archaeological expeditions with
her father in the desert of Africa.  She had scrolls whose author, Hamarabi, wrote of a
great evil born of the sky, laid in the earth, and sustained by the blood of men.

Ian wanted to return to England where he believed a doctor there could possibly cure his
condition.  Elizabeth wanted to stay in North Africa and carry on her father's dream of
finding the lost city of Kivala.  Is their destiny waiting in Kivala?  What about the

Susan Squires has demonstrated a talent that few can surpass.  Her graphic
descriptions and historical details are flawless.  Her characters exceed their potential
and the plot keeps you quickly turning pages.  Ms. Squires has joined the company of
authors whose books are classics.  Look for this book to become a classic in its genre,
too.  The Companion is a gem.  Obviously, everyone needs it.

Brenda McCoy
Reviewer for Karen Find Out About New Books
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance