Every Rising Sun

Jamila Ahmed

Manuscript Historical Fiction

Represented by Stephanie Cabot

In twelfth century Persia, clever and dreamy Scheherazade bears witness to the infidelity of the Malik’s wife. When Scheherazade tells the Malik of what she has seen, she sets the Seljuk Empire on fire. Enraged at his wife’s betrayal, the once gentle Malik beheads her, and begins to wed, bed, and behead a new girl night after night. Furious at the murders, his province seethes on rebellion’s edge. To suppress her guilt, quell revolt—and perhaps to marry the man she has loved since childhood—Scheherazade persuades her father, the Malik’s vizier, to offer her as the Malik’s next wife. On her wedding night, Scheherazade starts a tale, but as the sun ascends, she cuts the story off.

Scheherazade and her father persuade the Malik to leave Persia—and the memories of his unfaithful wife—to join Saladin’s fight against the Crusaders in Palestine. With plots spun against Scheherazade and the Seljuks from all corners, Scheherazade must maneuver through intrigue in the age’s greatest courts to safeguard her people. All the while, Scheherazade must keep the Malik enticed with her otherworldly tales—because the slightest misstep could cost Scheherazade her head.