I have a review today of one of the nominees for this year’s Hugo Awards, with Throne of the Crescent Moon.
Title: Throne of the Crescent Moon
Author: Saladin Ahmed
Publication Year: 2012
Available from Amazon.com
Adoulla Makhsood is a gul hunter in the city of Dhamsauowat. He is an old man who has taken on an apprentice, the Dirvish Raseed bas Raseed. While hunting the killer of his old flame’s family, he discover a threat that could endanger all of the cities of the Crescent Moon Kingdoms.
The characters are incredibly interesting and well written, and the world is also very different from most other fantasy settings I’ve encountered in the past.
Now, I’m familiar with the whole idea of the Cassandra Truth. I recognize that it’s been around in fiction for millennia, and will exist for centuries more. Still, it’d be nice in a fantasy story where magic is a daily fact of life, for people not to go, “Oh, that’s just a fairy story and can be dismissed.” when someone brings news of an impending magical threat.
Originality: I can count the number of Arabian themed fantasy novels I’m aware of on the fingers of one hand. 5/6
Story: Aside from the low point, this story is great. 4/6
Imagery: Ahmed paints not only a vivid picture of the city of Dhamsawat but also the threats Adoulla Makhsood and his companions face, and what those threats are capable of. 5/6
Characterization: See the high point. 6/6
Emotional Response: I didn’t want this book to end. 5/6
Overall: If there is any justice in the world, this book will end up on the New York Times best-seller list. 6/6
In total, Throne of the Crescent Moon gets 37/42.
And here’s my video review of the work in question.