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From Saladin Ahmed, finalist for the Nebula and Campbell Awards, comes one of the year's most anticipated fantasy debuts: THRONE OF THE CRESCENT MOON, a fantasy adventure with all the magic of The Arabian Nights.

The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, home to djenn and ghuls, holy warriors and heretics, are at the boiling point of a power struggle between the iron- fisted Khalif and the mysterious master thief known as the Falcon Prince. In the midst of this brewing rebellion a series of brutal supernatural murders strikes at the heart of the Kingdoms. It is up to a handful of heroes to learn the truth behind these killings.

Doctor Adoulla Makhslood, "the last real ghul hunter in the great city of Dhamsawaat," just wants a quiet cup of tea. Three score and more years old, he has grown weary of hunting monsters and saving lives, and is more than ready to retire from his dangerous and demanding vocation. But when an old flame's family is murdered, Adoulla is drawn back to the hunter's path.

Raseed bas Raseed, Adoulla's young assistant, is a hidebound holy warrior whose prowess is matched only by his piety. But even as Raseed's sword is tested by ghuls and manjackals, his soul is tested when he and Adoulla cross paths with the tribeswoman Zamia.

Zamia Badawi, Protector of the Band, has been gifted with the near- mythical power of the lion-shape, but shunned by her people for daring to take up a man's title. She lives only to avenge her father's death. Until she learns that Adoulla and his allies also hunt her father's killer. Until she meets Raseed.

When they learn that the murders and the Falcon Prince's brewing revolution are connected, the companions must race against time-and struggle against their own misgivings-to save the life of a vicious despot. In so doing they discover a plot for the Throne of the Crescent Moon that threatens to turn Dhamsawaat, and the world itself, into a blood-soaked ruin.

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Throne of the Crescent Moon
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An excellent tale..
July 31st, 2014
Suspense, wonder, and more. An excellent first novel by Saladin Ahmed. You can get a taste of his skill by reading his collection of short stories "Engraved on the Eye" Pick up this one because it's very good!
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Short and Sweet
December 20th, 2012
This book is actually a rare specimen: a short fantasy book. It does not feature a cast of hundreds, 35 sub-plots and heroes traipsing around the continents, lost in deep and meandering thoughts. Here, the heroes face a problem and deal with it. That is one of the book's strong points. The other strong point is the book's attaching characters, with the main character, the ageing ghoul hunter, being quite an original creation. The author's prose is witty and tongue-in-cheek , and convincing. What is a bit off is the pacing: the book starts strong, but the middle third is bogged down as the plot becomes very 'domestic', being more or less confined to the home of two of the characters. The resolution then is a tad too linear and easy. The book is meant as a good, fast adventure tale, and as that it works. It does not ask deep questions or ponder on the meaning of life, death etc. (grief and the loss of dear ones are touched upon, but only superficially so). It's not a great book but a good one - a fast, enjoyable read.
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