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Throne of the Crescent Moon

Written by Saladin Ahmed

Average Score: 79(8)

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.

Book Details

Hardcover, 288 Pages
Published by DAW Hardcover on February 07, 2012
First Published by Brilliance Audio on CD Unabridged in 2012
ISBN-10 0756407117
ISBN-13 978-0756407117


sffworld.com | Rob H. Bedford
Review Rating: 100
I give Throne of the Crescent Moon the highest recommendation -- a familiar framework with fresh ingredients mixed by a bold new voice makes for a most stand-out debut novel.
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SF Signal | Paul Weimer
Review Rating: 90
The expansion of the usual settings away from those inspired by medieval northwestern Europe is extremely welcome, and Throne of the Crescent Moon will be seen as an early landmark of this trend.
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Fantasy Book Critic | Mihir Wanchoo
Review Rating: 80
Throne of the Crescent Moon is definitely going to be in my year end list and will be remembered by many as a smashing, exciting debut.
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Library Journal | Jackie Cassada
Review Rating: 80
This trilogy launch will delight fantasy lovers who enjoy flawed but honorable protagonists and a touch of the exotic. (Starred Review)
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Neth Space | Neth
Review Rating: 80
It's good, it's fun, it's intelligent and it's relatively short for a fantasy novel.
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Strange Horizons | Liz Bourke
Review Rating: 80
This is a solid, engaging debut with distinct adventure sensibilities: an entertaining story, and one which is a pleasure to read.
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Pat`s Fantasy Hotlist | Patrick
Review Rating: 75
Saladin Ahmed's fantasy debut is a quick and entertaining read. Throne of the Crescent Moon works extremely well as a throwback novel...
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Fantasy Literature | Ryan Skardal
Review Rating: 50
[audio Version] Many readers will enjoy the monsters and ghul hunting that Ahmed describes. Unfortunately, the action tends to slow down when Ahmed devotes time connecting conventional dots.
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