Ammon-shur thought that saving the girl and escaping deadly peril in Uruk meant that he would live a safe and happy life in his new home in Ur. With his business prospering, a new daughter just born and everything looking up he is deliriously happy, but he did not reckon with the spread of a deadly new religion that accompanied a massive expansion of the slave trade. Life and liberty become precious commodities as people across Sumeria and beyond are targeted by roving bands of slavers. While slowly worsening domestic troubles lead Ammon to spend more time running caravans to distant cities he runs afoul of slave takers and finds that getting cast into the copper mines of Magan from which few return is just the beginning of his troubles.
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Even more fun than the first
Original setting, lovable characters
Ammon was my favorite character because he was the perfect mix of luck, hubris, bravery, and sheer stupidity. His creative plans were always right on the line of brilliant and foolhardy.
His performance was solid, and a great continuation from from the first book.
I laughed many times while reading this book. I also remember shock at one point, like: "I should have seen that one coming! How did I miss that!"
Jesse Hudson is a lot of fun to read because the stories ring familiar of other adventure tales involving rescue, misfortune, and fun escapes, but Jesse adds this new layer of historical authenticity. For example, the names, places, foods and customs all feel legitimate. At the same time, Ammon feels like a lot of cocky, goofy young men that I know.