Khaled - A Tale of Arabia -- F(rancis) Marion Crawford
Khaled, an afrit, becomes a living, breathing mortal man after he slays an Indian prince, and must, therefore, atone for the man's life. But the genii's reasons were pure. You see, he has fallen in love with the lovely Princess Zehowah. She the foul prince planned to wed only to spirit her away to his own country, whilst harvesting her home city of Riad by levying the people beneath a heavy yoke of taxation.
After facing Azrael, the Angel of Death, and Allah Himself, Khaled is faced with the ultimatum of having to cause the cold-hearted princess to be moved to love him - or to perish everlastingly when the trumpet calls the chosen to Heaven.
The tale is rife with treachery, war, jealousy, romance and beautifully turned phrases calling to mind the original Oriental tales of Scheherazade. May you never drink boiling brass or become fuel for Hell!
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