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Throne of The Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed

Throne of The Crescent Moon (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Saladin Ahmed, Phil Gigante (Reader)

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Title:Throne of The Crescent Moon
Authors:Saladin Ahmed
Other authors:Phil Gigante (Reader)
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Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed (2012)

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I enjoyed the world; a sort of fantasy version of medieval Egypt, rather than the typical medieval Europe-inspired fantasy. A world where magic, alkhemy, God and the dead Kemeti gods, djenn and ghuls are all real. The world feels very real and fully developed, with a history, multiple cultures and countries, religious differences, etc.

I enjoyed the characters, particularly Raseed and Zamia, and their internal conflicts. (Although the resolution there wasn't particularly satisfying.) Having a different viewpoint character each chapter worked well, and helped develop the main characters, especially those other than Adoulla and Raseed.

Unfortunately, the plot, however, wasn't as satisfying. It felt relatively straight-forward; there weren't any surprising twists. Adoulla and his gang gradually uncover enough details to resolve who the ghul-raiser is and what his plans are (without any serious false leads), and then proceed to go and defeat him. Sure, the Falcon Prince acquires great power by drink the heir's blood like Orshando hoped to do but that was only a late surprise, and only in the details. (Although I'm sure it'll play a role in the sequels). ( )
  teknognome | Nov 14, 2016 |
Everything I like about fantasy and nothing I don't. Full review on my blog, as always. ( )
  KateSherrod | Aug 1, 2016 |

For my review of Throne of the Crescent Moon, please go to http://www.myshelf.com/scifi_fantasy/12/throneofthecrescentmoon.htm ( )
  CarmenFerreiro | Mar 28, 2016 |
A worthy Hugo nominee. Skillfully written with characters that one can like and care about. I do not generally read much fantasy, and it is pure fantasy, but I really liked it. A fine adventure with a satisfying, not all too perfect of an ending. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
Doctor Adoulla Makhslood is the last ghul hunter in Dhamsawaat. Constantly battling mystical monsters for little material award, his only assistant is the pious dervish Raseed bas Raseed. Although Adoulla is magically powerful and Raseed is prodigiously quick and strong, they nearly die fighting an unusually large group of ghuls. Luckily, a lion shifter enters the fray and saves their lives. The lion-girl Zamia (a Badawi whose entire clan was killed by ghuls) and Raseed find themselves drawn to each other despite their vows to dedicate themselves to fighting evil. All their skills are not enough, however, and so alkhemist Lady Litaz and her magician husband Dawoud are called in to help. And complicating matters is the Falcon Prince, Pharaad Az Hammaz, who steals from the rich to give to the poor and who may prove to be any ally or a deadly enemy.

It's all written in a very clunky, amauterish style. Despite the demons and thief-kings and unresolved sexual tension, I was so bored I almost couldn't get through it. Ahmed's short stories are wonderful; I'm not sure why he wrote a book so charmless. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
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Set in a quasi-Middle Eastern city and populated with the supernatural creatures of Arab folklore, this long-awaited debut by a finalist for the Nebula and Campbell awards brings The Arabian Nights to sensuous life. The maturity and wisdom of Ahmed's older protagonists are a delightful contrast to the brave impulsiveness of their younger companions. This trilogy launch will delight fantasy lovers who enjoy flawed but honorable protagonists and a touch of the exotic.
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To my parents, Ismael Ahmed, and the late Mary O'Leary, who introduced me to the fantastic world of books; to my wife, Hayley Thompson, who supported me in countless ways as I wrote this one; and to my children, Malcolm and Naima, who make this broken world beautiful enough to keep living and writing in, this is for you.
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Nine days. Beneficient God, I beg you, let this be the day I die!
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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, land of djenn and ghuls, holy warriors and heretics, Khalifs and killers, is 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, a hidebound holy warrior whose prowess is matched only by his piety, is eager to deliver God's justice. 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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Three superheroes in the Crescent Moon Kingdoms bound together by a series of magical murders must work together in a race against time to prevent a sorcerer's plot from destroying the world.

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