The Author: Saladin Ahmed
Saladin Ahmed was born in Detroit and raised in a working-class, Arab American enclave in Dearborn, MI.
He holds a BA in American Culture from the University of Michigan, an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College, and an MA in English from Rutgers. His poetry has received several fellowships, and he has taught writing at universities and colleges for over ten years.
His short stories have been nominated for the Nebula and Campbell awards, and have appeared in Year’s Best Fantasy and numerous other magazines, anthologies, and podcasts, as well as being translated into five foreign languages. He is represented by Jennifer Jackson of the Donald Maass Literary Agency. THRONE OF THE CRESCENT MOON is his first novel.
Saladin lives near Detroit with his wife and twin children.
The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, land of djenn and ghuls, holy warriors and heretics, Khalifs and killers, is at boiling point. A power struggle between the iron-fisted Khalif and the mysterious master thief known as the Falcon Prince is reaching its climax. In the midst of this brewing rebellion, a series of brutal supernatural murders strikes at the heart of the Kingdoms. Only a handful of reluctant heroes can learn the truth, and stop the killing.
Doctor Adoulla Makhslood 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, a hidebound holy warrior whose prowess is matched only by his piety, is eager to deliver God’s justice. Zamia Badawi 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 i first saw this book i was sceptical, its a new author and that often means it takes something exceptional to draw me in. The cover is nice, and the plot was very intriguing. But it took a recommendation from someone i trust to make me pick it up and read it.
So i hope those of you who trust my reviews will also now go and pick the book up.
Saladin Ahmed has written the 1002nd Arabian Nights story, a story full of characters that slowly grow from page one until they become as real as Aladdin or Sinbad.
The kingdom of Dhamsawaat so reminiscent of the films of my youth with magic, great Khalifs and evil as old as time the book just becomes totally immersive. You can feel the heat and the sand, hear the sounds of the street sellers and the stench of the Ghuls.
Saladin’s tale is beautifully woven together with great flowing prose, the words taking on a magic of their own. All with their own hint of the east, laced with all the moral tales of the Arabian Nights, ones that are as apt now as when they were written. Such a great original book.
I loved this book and look forward to the next