Set in Babylon during the reign of Nebuchadnezzar II, The Eunuch is a novel of imperial overreach and domestic decline. A perverse cross between The Game of Thrones and Lolita, the novel is told from the point of view of Nergal, a castrated scribe who keeps the secrets of the king’s harem. And there is one secret that no astrologer or reader of entrails knows about the king, and it threatens to bring down the entire empire.
Nergal’s story surfaced in the spring of 2003, when the US Army invaded Baghdad, and the National Museum of Iraq was sacked. In the post-invasion chaos, clay tablets containing fragments of The Eunuch were among the many antiquities sold on the black market. Later translated under mysterious circumstances, they tell the true story behind the madness of Nebuchadnezzar and his disastrous decision to invade Judah, raze Jerusalem, and initiate the Babylonian captivity.
“Absolutely masterful” — Ryan Boudinot, author of Blueprints of the Afterlife
"A fresh, and distinct voice" — Richard Farr, author of The Fire Seekers
“The saga, the characters, the historical context and setting, and the timeliness and timelessness of it are mind-boggling. Nergal is an extraordinary character and an unforgettable narrator.” — Robin Cruise, editor, formerly at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt