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Author: Saladin Ahmed Narrator: Phil Gigante Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781455878260
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The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, home to djenn and ghuls, holy warriors and heretics, are at the boiling point of a power struggle between the iron-fisted Khalif and the mysterious master thief known as the Falcon Prince. In the midst of this brewing rebellion a series of brutal supernatural murders strikes at the heart of the Kingdoms. It is up to a handful of heroes to learn the truth behind these killings:

Doctor Adoulla Makhslood, “the last real ghul hunter in the great city of Dhamsawaat,” 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, is a hidebound holy warrior whose prowess is matched only by his piety. But even as Raseed’s sword is tested by ghuls and manjackals, his soul is tested when he and Adoulla cross paths with the tribeswoman Zamia.

Zamia Badawi, Protector of the Band, 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 they learn that the murders and the Falcon Prince’s brewing revolution are connected, the companions must race against time — and struggle against their own misgivings — to save the life of a vicious despot. In so doing they discover a plot for the Throne of the Crescent Moon that threatens to turn Dhamsawaat, and the world itself, into a blood-soaked ruin.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This trilogy launch will delight fantasy lovers who enjoy flawed but honorable protagonists and a touch of the exotic.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “An arresting, sumptuous, and thoroughly satisfying debut.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Ahmed’s debut masterfully paints a world both bright and terrible.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title”, February 2012
  • Finalist for the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel
  • Nominated for the 2012 Nebula Award for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 2013 Locus Award for Best First Novel

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 2/20/2014

    " I don't read that much fantasy anymore, all the series started to run together for me when I was younger. But this was sufficiently different, with the exotic (for me) setting and the aging protagonist, that I was interested. Plenty of action if you like the sword and sorcery stuff. And I thought the author did a sufficiently good job with the relationships between the characters. A lot of fantasy readers seem to consider this more of a 3 star read, but I really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 2/18/2014

    " I thought this was a great cultural take on the classic fantasy motifs of mass market trends from the 80-early90s. It brings in some more adult themes that those genre novels did not, but not to the extreme of Martin or Abercrombie. I really like it, and await the next installment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 2/4/2014

    " Fantastic read! Throne of the Crescent Moon reminds me of the best of Tales from the Arabian Knights in flavor and setting. A great story with good dialogue and three-dimensional characters, this is a must-read for any fan of fantasy novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 2/3/2014

    " An old ghul hunter and a dervish fight evil forces threatening their city. Somewhat of a refreshing change in the fantasy genre, as the setting is more "Arabian Nights" than "Lord of the Rings". The story was good, but there was something a bit off about the interaction of the various characters. It might have been my lack of knowledge about the culture. If the series continues, I'll definitely pick up the next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam | 1/26/2014

    " I liked the world and thought the story quite good, however the ending seemed a little too neat for the complexity that came before. The underlying theme of "everyone must be paired up to be truly happy" also annoyed me a bit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Galena | 1/19/2014

    " This book wasn't Euro- or Americentric fantasy! YAY! Seriously, authors' obsession with medieval-Europe-based magical conventions gets exhausting and boring. This was a wonderful example of the great storytelling that gets missed by ignoring other cultural histories/myths/etc. Also, this is a debut book, and I would never have known it from reading it. It garnered a lot of critical attention when it came out, with good reason. If you want to read a fantasy that's not just Euro-sword-and-sorcery, this should be at the top of your list. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lou | 1/16/2014

    " Fantastic sword and sorcery novel. Loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Virginia | 1/16/2014

    " Interesting story. Had a hard time finishing the last third but the first 2/3rds were compelling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carl | 11/25/2013

    " Ugh. Clunky. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chuk | 2/20/2013

    " Maybe only 4.5 stars but very good -- an epic fantasy in a novel setting, plenty of character, conflict, action and flavour. Can't imagine where the series would go from here -- it says "Book 1" but definitely doesn't leave the reader hanging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bullcityfats | 12/3/2012

    " A fantasy tale set in a pseudo-medieval Arabia, a ripping yarn without a lot in character depth or sophistication. Still a lot of fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Baniza | 7/21/2012

    " great book for fantasy fan ... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nate | 5/29/2012

    " An okay adventure, but the promise of a rich Muslim based setting was mostly unfulfilled. It felt like minor wording changes could make the setting Christian or some completely invented religion. None of the characters seemed particularly distinctive. The token action girl seemed contrived. "

About the Author

Saladin Ahmed was raised in a working-class, Arab American enclave in Dearborn, Michigan. His short stories have been nominated for the Nebula and Campbell Awards and have appeared in The Year’s Best Fantasy and numerous other magazines, anthologies, and podcasts. His first novel was nominated for a Hugo Award. He lives near Detroit with his wife and children.

About the Narrator

Phil Gigante has narrated more than two hundred audiobooks, earning ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and three of the prestigious Audie Awards for best narration. An actor, director, and producer with over twenty years of experience in theater, film, television, and radio, he is currently the artistic director of Gigantic Productions and Little Giant Children’s Theatre.