Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing the opening book in the Orfeo Saga, The Sword of Telemon, which introduced Murray Lee Eiland Jr.'s distinctive signature of excellent prose, unique phraseology, and complex characters. The Slave Boy, the sixth book in the installment, did not disappoint. If anything, the author has simply stepped up the game, introducing a very complex plot with sophisticated characters. The Slave Boy tells the story of an ex-double agent, Cyrus, with his friend Balik, who set out on a trip to Elam where they intend to offer their services as spies for merchants, but end up getting sold into slavery. It is exciting to read about the intrigue, their adventures fraught with danger, the unusual plan including Arya, a gorgeous daughter of a general, and Cyrus’s plan to stop Cabul from falling into siege.
This is the kind of story for readers who love thrillers with characters who easily find themselves in tight situations. Cyrus is a character that readers will love to follow and although a lot of wrong things happen to him and around him, he always manages to stay ahead of his enemies. There is a lot of action in this thriller, a lot of fights, and the kind of intrigue that spices up the conflict in a plot. Murray Lee Eiland Jr. writes excellently and readers can’t resist falling for his elegant prose, the setting that recreates elements of the history of the Middle East and its general political climate, and a plot that is wholly unpredictable. The Slave Boy is a hard-to-put-down story, one that will have the reader’s heart racing until the end. Absorbing!