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Ahmed???s debut is a welcome new voice in fantasy. Beginning with a short, dark prologue of torture which introduces us to a powerful, evil raiser of ghuls known as ???the gaunt man??? and his jackal-faced assistant, we are then introduced to our atypical hero, Dr. Adoulla, ghulhunter: set in a teahouse rather than an inn; set with cardamon tea and a book of poetry rather than stew and a tankard of ale; set with a 60-year old, portly, tired protagonist who longs for retirement rather a group of young adventurers longing for fame and treasure. Haunted by a lingering dream of his beloved city run through by a river of blood ??? a vision introduced in more sinister detail in the prologue ??? Adoulla nonetheless finds the strength to??? stand up from his tea and face the day. In terms of the narration, Gigante???s characterizations really are something here, from the voices of demonic jackal-ghuls to the somewhat pompous and sarcastic Adoulla, to a far-flung cast of characters from cross-eyed restaurateurs to the regal Falcon Prince, beggars, on and on. The principal narration is performed in a tone which fits both the dark and yet somehow also, in its way, playful content, as Ahmed???s abiding love for fantasy and D&D as source material are evident. I'm looking forward to more in this series.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
Throne of the Crescent Moon is a pretty good debut novel. I thought the characters were great, the plot fun, and the world a nice change from medieval Europe. The magic is the weakest part of the book, because it seems to be used too easy by the characters, with little or no cost involved. The plot is straight forward and predictable, but entertaining.
The gem in this book is the narrator. I've never listened to a Phil Gigante performance, but I can say he is among the top narrators available on Audible.
If you enjoy sword and sorcery fantasy Throne will be worth your credit. I only gave it 3 stars because I felt it was a bit empty when all was said and done. I like my fantasy with a little more meat to it, but I'll be listening to book 2 when it comes out.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Without giving much away, this story tells of the supposed last adventure of a old, ready-to-retire ghoul hunter, Adoulla in the company of his sanctimonious young apprentice, Raseed. In seeking out a terrible ghul backed by ancient dark magic, the duo uncover a political coup and a long forgotten legend relating to the history of the monarchy.
The narrator is brilliant in bringing to life a story rich with Arabic and/or Indian myths, culture and religious anecdotes and touched by tales of long lasting love, friendship and duty. It is this Arabian/Asian infusion that sets this sci-fi book apart from those I've read. I really did enjoy it, failing to put it down as while it may have been slightly predictable in issues of romance, much of the book leaves the reader in great suspense, even fear and arouses intellectual curiosity and intrigue throughout. I would gladly follow this kind/class of sci-fi.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I loved the balance of different characters in this, and the narrator is now probably my favourite. The setting was convincing and immersive, and the pace was just fast enough without being shallow. I loved the arrangement of some of the later multi location action scenes, and the humour throughout was quite chuckle worthy <3
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