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UK - Andersen Press

Blood and Ink

By Stephen Davies

Published Jun 2015

Love. Hate. Belief. Defiance. What are you fighting for?

The town is Timbuktu.

The year is 2012.

Ali, 16, is a mujahid, a holy warrior. His battalion is massing in the Sahara Desert, preparing to invade Timbuktu.

Kadija, 15, is a daughter of Timbuktu and on the verge of becoming a Guardian, a keeper of the town’s mysterious ancient manuscripts.

The two of them are now set on a collision course. Ali hates Kadija’s spirit and her passion for music – which has been outlawed by the extremist jihadists. Kadija scorns Ali’s confident, ruthless fanaticism. So when they find themselves falling for each other, they try desperately – and hopelessly – to resist.

Blood and Ink is an unflinching glimpse into the heart of jihad.

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