If you love the Tales of 1,001 Nights (also known as The Arabian Nights), you must read the books of the Crescent Moons Kingdom, by Saladin Ahmed. So far, only the first book is out — but that means you don’t have to work hard to catch up. You just have to exercise patience waiting for the next one. This is epic fantasy with a medieval Middle East bent, rather than the medieval European bent that is so common — khalifs, ghuls, djenn, and the pleasures of cardamom tea.
The main character is the last real ghul hunter, more than ready to retire, called on “one last adventure.” His assistant is a holy warrior, who is often appalled at his teacher’s behavior and amazed that his prayers are listened to. Oh, there’s also a teenage girl who shape-shifts into a lion and who has been ostracized by her people. And a Robin Hood-esque character called the Falcon Prince.
Lots of fun, lots of excitement, and lots of danger!
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