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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 ...more
Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed is an Arabian night fantasy that is the best book set in this type of land since the uncommon science fiction book When Gravity Fails by George Alec Effinger. Besides the fast paced plot and interesting magical system, we have the Doctor Adoulla Makhstood, a 60 + year old hero, with a great belly and great white beard, who is the last great ghul hunter in the Crescent Moon Kingdom. Ahmed takes a risk making the hero an old man, but in his capable hand ...more
This was an enjoyable fantasy novel with a unique setting with a Middle Eastern flavor. The story is told from three primary viewpoints with a few more tossed in for good measure. I thought the aging demon hunter Adoulla -- the main character (or at least the one I considered to be the main character) -- was the best of the bunch. The other two main characters were less interesting, in that they were more standard: an orphaned female warrior and a young dervish who's got a lot of growing to do. ...more
Debut fantasy with a different kind of setting (Mid-Eastern), an older main character whose body may not be up to the job of saving his city, and a page count of under 300 pages proving that tightly written and plotted fantasy can be just as entertaining as 700 page door-stoppers. I also loved the cover art.
Jan 29, 2016 Deedee marked it as to-read
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