The Saffron Runners


Afghanistan, 1827. Suleiman Farkhari stands in the carnage of his village. At twenty years old he is a man. Facing the west he roared: “I am Suleiman! Son of Sarwar. I take my birthright as Horse Master of all Farkhar. My father died today, and his father, at the hands of the Persians.” Suleiman raised his sword, pointing west to Persia. “No longer will Prince Omid’s men plunder Afghanistan. We will follow you, Persians. We will take back our women. We will seize your Arab horses and restore our honour. We will invade!” The Saffron Runners follows the adventures of a band of warrior brothers who make a fantastic journey from Hindu Kush to desert to the fabled city of Isfahan and back across the Border of Flags. They seek retribution after the Persians’ brutal raids on their villages, but ultimately there is only one thing on their minds: The horses. And there is only one Horse Master who can lead them. A tale of daring, deception and unceasing action, The Saffron Runners will have your heart pounding as you urge the Heavenly Horses on, gallop with the Drinkers of the Wind, and thrill to hot-blooded chases spiced with mystery, romance and always, always, the lure of a destiny to be fulfilled. Outstandingly well researched and brimming with historical detail, The Saffron Runners is a real page-turner.
BETH GRACE FOX was brought up running with horses. Born in Geraldine in the South Island of New Zealand, into a household brimming with books, children and animals, Beth developed a lifelong interest in historical writings. Having studied Middle English and the History of Art and Architecture, Beth spent many years teaching between London and New Zealand, while also travelling extensively in the Middle East. Having raised three sons in New Zealand, Beth’s eclectic interests saw her establish a career in the fashion world and later back in London working with ancient maps. Her fascination with Afghanistan and the golden Akhal-Teke horses of Turkmenistan led to her engrossing herself in journals written by intrepid travellers in the 1800s. She lives in Christchurch.

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Fox, Beth Grace