Samak the Ayyar

Samak the Ayyar is available for pre-order in the store. It will be released in paperback and Kindle e-book on August 3, 2021.

Discover the enchanting world of Samak, a beloved trickster-warrior hero of ancient Persia.

Adapted by Prince of Persia creator Jordan Mechner from a new translation by Freydoon Rassouli, the timeless adventures of Samak the ayyar — Persia’s “Robin Hood” — can now be enjoyed by English-speaking audiences.

Samak, a rogue with the skills of a ninja and the ideals of a knight, leads his band in a thrilling, multi-layered saga of secret missions, battlefield heroics, and star-crossed romance between a noble Persian prince and princess. A masterpiece of Persia’s thousand-year-old oral storytelling tradition, Samak the Ayyar offers a rare, vivid glimpse into the enchanting world that inspired Prince of Persia.

"This medieval Persian romance which enjoys enormous popularity in the Persian-speaking world is translated in a very attractive way... Conveying the spirit of the original, Mechner and Rassouli are an exceptional match to carry out this difficult task. Samak the Ayyar will attract a broad readership with different cultural backgrounds."


— Asghar Seyed-Gohrab
Author of Courtly Riddles: Enigmatic Embellishments in Early Persian Poetry