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Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed
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Mar 20, 12

Read from March 10 to 20, 2012

Gosh dang it if there's not a bevy of new, young authors putting out good fantasy books right now. While Saladin's debut novel isn't one of my favorite books of all time it's definitely one my favorite debuts and is currently on the list for favorite books of 2012.

It's (and don't take this the wrong way) a cliched story of good vs. evil. What makes the book good is how that story is told and more importantly where that story takes place.

It's a dusty world where magic can be learned, bought, and used for good or bad on a daily basis. Where ghuls can be built from sand, bones, and in the most dastardly of ways, living human flesh. The characters are just as lively as the world in which they take place.

Ahmed does a good job creating and fleshing out his characters, how they interact with each other in relation to their own motivations and desires, from the pragmatic to the devout religious.

The attempt working a "love story" is a little weak, but I'm sure that it's something that will get better with more writing, or it could just be hard to write the beginnings of love.

You should go out and support a new author and read this exciting debut novel!

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