Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Throne of the Crescent Moon

I don't usually post twice in the same day, but I just got a reminder from Saladin Ahmed that his debut novel, Throne of the Crescent Moon, is out today! This is a very good thing for fantasy readers, especially ones that are looking for a fresh, innovative, distinctive new fantasy world, one that uses all the imaginative flare of fantasy, but does so in a different cultural landscape than the norm. That's exactly what Saladin has written.

I wouldn't want you to think I'm suggesting this book to you because cultural diversity is good for. It is, but that's not the point. Saladin's an effortlessly entertaining writer. He makes unusual choices every step of the way in terms of characterization and plot, and his Arabian Knights influenced alternative world provides a vivid backdrop for his story.

I read the novel in galley form a while back, and have been looking forward to its publication ever since. You'll be happy to know I'm not the only one that liked it. For example:

From his starred Publishers Weekly Review -

"Ahmed’s debut masterfully paints a world both bright and terrible."

From his starred Kirkus Review -

"An arresting, sumptuous and thoroughly satisfying debut."

Fantasy Book Critic has lengthy review up HERE.

The Ranting Dragon has one up HERE.

I've no doubt at all that this book marks a major step forward in what's sure to be a very impressive publishing life. Do check it out.

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Blogger dbp said...

I do like "Arabian Knights". It's a lovely mixed cultural metaphor, as presented :)

12:14 PM  

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