“Do we ever really fight over religion?
Or do we use religion to fight?”
In the city of Mayasin, Abdullah struggles to adhere to the rules of Islam. Every day he needs to choose what’s more important: faith or food. Years later, he finds himself at King Jalal’s court, and here he faces an even more difficult choice: God or king?
Hundreds of miles away, 9-year-old Khalid defies the desert to save his father, but ends up an accomplice to murder. Years later, the memory of the brutal killing still hunting him, he runs away from home to join King Jalal's army. Soon he learns that injustice is everywhere, and politics isn’t simply about right and wrong.
One God, One King, two young boys, and their meeting will forever change Beledar. In this thrilling novel, Wokke expertly and poignantly shows the roots of modern conflicts in the Middle East. For in a conservative, Islamic country, change doesn't come easy.
Critics are saying:
“One of the best books I read in a long time… Even when the book is set in a fictitious country called Beledar situated between Jordan and Iraq, the novel sheds light on many real things regarding the region while telling a captivating story in the meantime.” (Dutchy Book Reviews)
"[Revolution] is filled with discussions on politics, religion and war, but it is fuelled by the social, human interactions that these two characters experience. […] I felt like I was walking the streets with Abdullah, and within the army with Khalid. Wokke creates a very vivid world, and a very real one." (Reader in a Reverie)