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Throne of the Crescent Moon, by Saladin Achmed July 2, 2012

Posted by stuffilikenet in Awesome, Books, Brilliant words.
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Nifty tale of a demon hunter in a medieval Arabian city, Throne of the Crescent Moon features horrors that we love to fear: the Sultan, the (powerful) undead, sorcerers with designs upon the throne, apocalyptic armies of demons and demanding lovers.  Countering these horrors are an old demon hunter who really should be retired, his Dervish swordsman assistant, a white magician and his apothecary wife, a Robin Hoodesque populist bandit and a shape-shifting Bedouin orphan girl.
Complicated? Hah.  You are in for a lovely ride read. Besides the nice use of the aforementioned medieval Muslim background the tone of the book is lyrically descriptive of simple lives of the people in the story.  The protagonists are all devout Muslims and the villains are pretty damn villainous, including the Sultan whose throne the heroes attempt to defend.  It’s a tragic tale in some respects, with (well-drawn, sympathetic) innocents dying as evil sacrifices. 

Damn sorcerers.

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