Edition: First printing.
London: Headline (Hodder), (1999) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The first fantasy novel by an author best known for her Victorian era historical mysteries. "In one bloody and brutal night her husband and son are murdered, and she, once Empress of Shinabar, becomes a hunted exile pursued through the desert. In an attempt to find meaning in her desolation, she embarks on an extraordinary journey of the spirit to find eternal truths. When she brings the truth to the world, written in the priceless Book, it inspires love and hate, and the birth of a new faith." While the religion in this book is fictional, it is presumably inspired by Perry's own Mormon faith. SIGNED on the title page. 378 pp. ISBN: 0-747222606.
Condition: Near fine in a fine dust jacket (appears unread, but with noticeable toning to the pages).