1) Great world building. Obviously the author is a good writer but I wished he developed the main character more so you understand his motivation for fleeing the prince.
The City of Seven Gods (The Lost Histories #1) Andrew J. Peters
Gay - Fantasy
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (September 13, 2016)
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Kelemun was bought from his peasant parents to tend the inner sanctum of the house of Aknon, where wealthy men pay mountain sapphires to behold the beautiful servants of the god. Chosen to bring offerings to Caliph, Kelemun captures the fascination of the young prince Praxtor who has never been denied anything his heart desires.
Ja'bar was hired to roughhouse wayward proselytes for the high priest Aknon-Horheb. In Qabbat'lee, it's good paying work for a Stripeling, a jungle savage in the eyes of the city natives, and if he's stingy and stays out of trouble, it will buy him a plot of river land.
But the splendor of Qabbat'lee is a mirage disguising a grotesquerie of corruption. When Kelemun and Ja'bar's threads of fate entwine on a night of chilling betrayal, their only hope for redemption and survival may lie in one another.