Throne of the Crescent Moon

Throne of the Crescent Moon

Book - 2012
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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.

Publisher: New York : DAW Books, c2012.
ISBN: 9780756407117
Branch Call Number: SF
Characteristics: 274 p. ; 23 cm.


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Jun 06, 2017

A different spin on the genre, and the better for it.

May 01, 2015

Different and as another mentioned, fresh. Reminded me of Saturday morning flying carpet cartoons but with grown up character development. Enjoy

Apr 17, 2015

Fans of traditional Fantasy may find this to be a breath of fresh air, as the setting moves us away from our traditionally western based lands into a world inspired by the tales of the One Thousand and One nights collection (the Arabian Nights, as it is often known). The themes are familiar and while at times the story slows, cleaving in the direction of meaningful character interactions over action, it is through these interactions that the story also finds its true strength. Ahmed does well in giving us a genuine and flawed cast of heroes in Adoulla Makhslood, Raseed bas Raseed and Zamia Badawi, and their debates on morality, justice, and faith help to carry the story through to its exciting final act.

Fans of Brandon Sanderson may as well enjoy Saladin Ahmed's interesting take on magic and alchemy, and the interplay between science, faith and magic. As the introductory installment to a new series, it is a recommended read for those who would like to hear from a a new and creative voice in Fantasy.

Throne of the Crescent Moon was a finalist for both the Hugo Award for Best novel in 2013, and the Nebula Award in 2012.

Sep 05, 2014

Enjoyed this very much. It is standard fantasy - aging hero with a young apprentice - but it is put into an Eastern religion type setting. Good plot, good story, likeable characters and some moral ambiguity thrown in for good measure. Recommended.

May 12, 2014

very enjoyable book!

May 27, 2013

At first this seemed a fairly standard fantasy novel, but it got better and more nuanced as it went on. Ahmed does a good job of challenging his characters and the story was better for it

JCLGreggW Apr 27, 2013

Many modern fantasy novels still can't shake the shadow of Tolkien. Here, Ahmed stakes out new territory in fantasy and gives us a wonderful tale that owes more to the One Thousand and One Nights than the Fellowship of the Ring. This novel features an aging, slightly cranky, and lover of tea Adoulla Makhslood, his fierce but pious swordsman apprentice Raseed bas Raseed, and magical tribeswoman Zamia as they unravel a series of supernatural murders linked to a civil war between a ruthless despot and a underground lord of thieves. The plot is quick and engaging with memorable characters, and perfect for those who need a breath of fresh air in their fantasy as well as those who would like to dip their toes into the genre but are uneasy of magic swords and packs of marauding orcs. I'm looking forward to more of what Ahmed is offering here. Recommended.

Feb 22, 2013

Great story; interesting characters, an exciting plot and great atmosphere. Looking forward to the next book.

Aug 22, 2012

If Piers Anthony had written a segment of the Arabian Nights without the sex or the fun or the excitement. This unworthy tome is as exciting as a glass of warm milk before bed.

Aug 14, 2012

A very good, fast paced fantasy read. Characters were well developed considering the length of the book, and were unusual. The setting was fantastic as well. I can’t wait to read the next two installments.


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Dec 23, 2012

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Aug 14, 2012

Violence: The openings to each of the 3 books are very brutal. Not for kids.


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