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Daughters of Destiny

L. Frank Baum

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I will fight Death so long,” said he, gravely.

“And the sirdars?” asked the sick man, once more turning to his vizier.

“They can be assembled in five days,” answered Agahr, after a moment’s reflection. “Three are already here.”

“Good!” declared the Khan. “Let Dirrag ride within the hour.”

“For the sirdars?”

“For Ahmed.”{48}

He fell back again, and a man rose from the group behind Agahr and with an obeisance toward the divan glided swiftly from the courtyard.

The physician, noting the action, turned to the vizier.

“Dirrag?” he enquired.

“Dirrag,” responded the other, mechanically.

The Persian gave his patient a sharp scrutiny, and drawing a phial from his bosom placed it to the now colorless lips of the Khan.

“Clear the place,” he commanded Agahr. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Having enjoyed some of L. Frank Baum's children's books, I was intrigued to read one of his adult novels (which he wrote under various noms de plume - in this case Schuyler Staunton). The first time I read this however, I was not really sure what I thought of it so I decided to read it again. That s

This 1906 story of succession and conspiracy was originally written under the pseudonym Schuyler Staunton. It takes place in Baluchistan, a region made up of parts of Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan. Within Baum's fictional portrayal, it's a separate nation, albeit made up of many different tribes.

An excellent Sheik of Araby adventure. The odd spelling of a couple of words can be forgiven considering the time at which it was written.

At the time I read this, in a photocopy of the first edition obtained through Interlibrary loan, I thought it was the worst Baum novel I had read. It seemed very creaky an imperialist, like a silent adventure film.