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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; MP3 Una edition (31 Dec. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455878421
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455878420
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Isn't just an epic fantasy reskinned. Smartly written, with a cluster of likable characters. (SFX MAGAZINE) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A striking new voice in fantasy introduces us to a new world and an old mythology. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aleksander Cristea on 27 May 2014
Format: Paperback
I read Saladin Ahmed’s The Throne of the Crescent Moon on a bit of whim (and ages ago now, so excuse the shorter review) when my brother and I were looking for something different for me to read to him at night (we are each other’s audiobooks because we’re cool like that). We’d heard good things about it and my brother had—very briefly—started listening to the actual audiobook and liked the setting.

I find it one of the hardest books I have had to review: it is so very different from every other fantasy book I have read that I have nothing to compare it to. Not that comparison is necessary, but I have no basis on which to judge this book apart from how it touched me. The characters, the landscapes, even down to the writing style seemed to carry with them a touch of exoticness so very genuine that it made for a completely different, and wonderful, read.

Ahmed’s characters are a colourful lot, effortlessly deep and real, even those seen only for a couple of pages. There is something in the way that Ahmed writes that brings the characters to life, making them pop off the page in their colourfulness: it’s in the small gestures that tell us more than a page of description could, in the looks exchanged, in the most mundane of interactions that they become so very three dimensional.

I don’t think I found any of the characters dislikeable, and given that some are advanced in age and I sometimes struggle to get attached to older characters (I feel much too young to relate most of the time), there isn’t one member of the cast I wasn’t attached to by the end of the book. Adoulla, Raseed, Zamia, and the other important members of the cast are definitely characters that I would like to see more of.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE on 26 Aug. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Dr Abdoulla Makhslood is the last ghul hunter in the city of Dhamsawaat. Aided by the devout Raseed, an 18-year-old Dervish warrior whose faith is tested by the realities of city life, Abdoulla's strength is fading and he's worried about what will happen if he dies. When his former lover, Miri Almoussa seeks his help after her niece and nephew are killed by ghuls, his investigation leads him to the only survivor of a murdered desert tribe - 15 year old Zamia, a shapeshifter able to turn into a lion.

Their investigation reveals a sinister plot to destabilise Dhamsawaat, a city already caught in a battle between the cruel Khalif and self-style Falcon Prince for the soul of its people. Abdoulla and his friends will have to choose sides if they're to avoid seeing their world turned into a blood-soaked ruin ...

Saladin Ahmed's debut novel, the first in a trilogy, is an okay fantasy read but despite its refreshing use of Arabian themes and settings in its world building, its female characters are a depressing mix of wives, whores and virgins, the villains are underdeveloped ciphers and the plot turns on contrivance to propel it. Although I liked the cynical and world-weary Abdoulla enough to check out the remaining books, I won't be hurrying to do so.

Abdoulla is a great character - cynical and world weary, he's torn between his desire for a peaceful retirement and the knowledge that doing so will leave the world defenceless against evil. I enjoyed his teasing of the devout but naïve Raseed and his affection for the boy but wished that Raseed had been developed a little more beyond the stock religious ingénue who finds his worldview challenged.

By contrast the female characters are underdeveloped.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Kwok on 9 Jun. 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have been looking forward to reading Saladin Ahmed's "Throne of the Crescent Moon" since I heard him read from it at a New York Review of Science Fiction reading event back in February and trust me, I'm not disappointed, since it was well worth the wait. Ahmed's debut novel is one of the finest works of fantasy I have read in years, and, without question, one destined to be remembered as among the most notable novels of fantasy and science fiction published this year. With ample enthusiasm, I concur with N. K. Jemisin's observation that "Ahmed is a master storyteller in the grand epic tradition". Drawing extensively upon his cultural and religious heritage, Ahmed has written a swashbuckling tale of adventure, mystery, horror that transcends its "Arabian Nights" setting into one worthy of recognition as a potential contender for the Hugo, Nebula and John W. Campbell Awards. "The Throne of the Crescent Moon" is replete with richly drawn characters and the spectacular city of Dhamsawaat, a city that could be a fictional clone of Baghdad, when it was the greatest city in all of Eurasia back in the Eighth and Ninth Centuries A. D.; it is a compelling saga vividly in Ahmed's finely crafted, quite descriptive, prose. In Adoulla and Raseed, Ahmed has crafted a pair of protagonists worthy of comparison with Naomi Novik's Laurence and Temeraire; the former, an elderly realist who reluctantly embarks on one more quest as the last great demon hunter of his city; the latter, a dashing young swordsman whose enthusiasm for sword fighting is matched only by his fervent religious zeal.Read more ›
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