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By Mike Carey

Cast out of the Arabian urban of Bessa via the hot tyrannical sultan, a harem of 365 girls needs to forge a military, a seraglio of metal, and use it to take again town. yet no matter if they prevail, their problems will simply be beginning—because their most deadly enemy is inside their very own quantity . . . .

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