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Throne of the Crescent Moon

Throne of the Crescent Moon - Saladin Ahmed An old ghoul-hunter, most probably last of his kind, is asked to investigate a killings of his friend's grandnephew family. Little does he know he is about to face the most dangerous enemy he ever faced, and he is definitely past his prime physically. To add to his problems, a revolution is brewing in the city. The current Khalif managed to alienate almost all people except for the wealthiest of merchants with high taxes. A self-proclaimed seemingly impossible to catch the Prince of Thieves leads the rebellion.

There are a lot of good things to be said about the book. The main character is refreshingly not a young person destined to become greatest warrior/mage. In fact, three of the five major characters are pushing their sixties. The settings are not from Medieval Europe, much closer to Arabian Nights.

The reason this book did not get 5 stars: this is a typical sword-and-sorcery novel, which means characterization is minimal to non-existent. Still, this is a very fun debut book from a new author. Recommended.