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From Saladin Ahmed, finalist for the Nebula and Campbell Awards, comes one of the year's most acclaimed 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. But these killings are only the earliest signs of a plot for the Throne of the Crescent Moon that threatens to turn the great city of Dhamsawaat, and the world itself, into a blood-soaked ruin.




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    An excellent tale..

    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

    This book is actually a rare specimen: a <i>short</i> 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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