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Throne of the Crescent Moon (Crescent Moon Kingdoms) Hardcover – February 7, 2012
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From a plot standpoint, Throne is about a power struggle between the iron-fisted Khalif and the subversive Falcon Prince. In the midst of a brewing rebellion, a series of brutal supernatural murders strikes at the heart of the Crescent Moon Kingdoms. The 60-year old Doctor Adoulla Makhslood, is the last real ghul hunter in the great city of Dhamsawaat and his young assistant Raseed bas Raseed, is a holy warrior whose swordsmanship is matched only by his devotion to God. When they learn that the murders and the Falcon Prince's brewing revolution are connected, they find themselves in a race to save the life of the tyrannical Khalif.
Told through a surprising number of points of view (I count six off the top of my head), Throne is a quintessential sword and sorcery novel. The characters are world weary, cynical, and fatally flawed. They're common by birth, possessing a strength of will that is decidedly not.Read more ›
Throne of the Crescent Moon is the debut novel from acclaimed short fiction author Saladin Ahmed and follows one of the larger adventures of Doctor Adoulla Makhslood, the last real ghul hunter in the great city of Dhamsawaat who was first introduced to readers in Ahmed's short fiction, including the wonderful Where Virtue Lives.Read more ›
The prose in Throne is very over-told. I found it laborious to read and really difficult to get into. Perhaps this was a deliberate stylistic choice - and certainly some people seem to just love it - but I prefer prose that melts away so that the reading experience becomes completely immersive. Throne does the opposite. The prose actually gets in the way of enjoying the story, and I really struggled to finish it.
Where Throne was a real disappointment was when it came to the plot. The first half is okay, if a bit slow to get started. Then about halfway through there's a point where a minor, off-screen character just HAPPENS to have the EXACT ITEM our intrepid heroes need to save the day. It was so utterly contrived I just couldn't take it seriously. From that point on the plot descends into a series of one convenient coincidence after another to the point where it became farcical. By the end I was rolling my eyes so much at the contrived plot twists - and the teenage drama llamas - that I gave myself a headache.
Leaving aside the book's plot-and-prose flaws, it's a disappointing read as a woman. There's only three female characters, and they never talk to each other (unless it's to discuss a man). The men drive the plot and make all the decisions, and the women just sort of tag along and make all the right noises. I felt that the female characters were never fleshed out and their relationships to each other were never explored.
Ultimately, I was disappointed with the book and wouldn't recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Plusses: Unconventional hero (aging, street-bred fighter of supernatural creatures (meaning not a teen-aged farmboy or young aristocrat or jaded soldier)), non-European... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Duodentes
Adoulla is a middle-aged ghul hunter ready to retire, but the problem is, he's the only ghul hunter.
Raseed is young holy man and Adoulla's sword-bearing assistant. Read more
I don’t usually read fantasy, but I thought this novel was extremely well done (and a refreshing change of pace, set in what is clearly meant to be the Middle East, with a system... Read morePublished 1 month ago by sandra g.
One of best fantasy novels I have read in the last couple of years! Looking forward to the sequel.Published 2 months ago by magikbeads
I'd like to see more from Saladin Ahmed, especially something else in this setting.
It was a fun book and an easy read.
A nice change of pace from your boring ye olde England hey nonny nonny fantasy fare. I would describe it as sword and sorcery but with a fresh take from a different culture. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Melissa Rodriguez
An excellent and thrilling fantasy!
The characters are multi dimensional and realistic. You understand their motivations. Read more
great book, sort of science fiction like, but i loved it. written well.
not sure what else to say, i don't read many books,
I throughly enjoyed this story. It was a bit outside my comfort zone, but I am happy I choose it. I love the diversity of the characters and how such an odd ball group is so... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Abby Holmes