Throne of the Crescent Moon Pdf
About the book:
Throne of the Crescent Moon Book
Author: Saladin Ahmed
Publisher: DAW; Reprint edition
Publish date: February 4, 2014
Pages: 304 (eBook can have different pages)
The debut novel of Saladin Ahmed, Throne of the Crescent Moon, is something fresh and very conversant in the genre of fantasy. Moved as much by the fairytales of primitive Arabia and Persia as by the plot structures of great fantasy, the outcome is an appealing mixture. Featuring daring dervishes, leading alchemists, and a heavy ghost hunter looking for retirement as the main leading role, the book is the fast-paced and action-packed as one might think, and engaged me all night to finish it despite the present effects of a cold virus. To be certain, Ahmed is blatant about the use of typical fantasy tropes, although restructured into a loose symbol of the medieval Arab world. The multicolored characters are dynamic and attractive, although somewhat one-dimensional, and the writing attains a surprising degree of emotive seriousness for what is a fairly natural fantasy novel. This is assisted by the importance on the religious dimension of life in the world of the Crescent Moon Realms, something usually dismissed in action-oriented fantasy. The religion, of course, is a directly identifiable version of Islam.
All this is larded with a justly considerable degree of violence and an extremely pleasant use of cultural and religious details from the world of the Persian poets and Aladdin-type fairytales, skillfully managing to stay just this side of a request to Oriental ism that would become frustrating. The plot is well considered, although I personally expected a twist in the story but it didn’t actually happen, but to my mind would have provided a neater and vaguer ending. As it stands, the story suffers to some extent from the evenness of the characters and a straight split between good and bad guys, but not to a degree that affects the enjoyment. In any case, sequels are in the works, and maybe this will allow a greater development of the characters as well as the world-setting to occur, and I am definitely looking forward to reading those.
Overall, Throne of the Crescent Moon is somewhere between G.A. Effinger’s more gloomy and dark Budayeen Nights and the smart sex and violent novels of Richard Morgan, though Ahmed has been fairly virtuous. This is no faint compliment, and it justifies to win the Hugo Award for which it has been nominated. It is an engaging book, and one hopes the upshots will live up to the promise defined. If so, this may signal a promising trend to eliminate the genre of fantasy from its outdated romantic-feudal European jetties and placing it in any of the prodigious cultures and civilizations in other parts of the world – less explored, but no less worthy of the entertainment and handy treatment Saladin Ahmed has given this one.
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