In addition to his short fiction, Saladin Ahmed has published nonfiction in Fantasy Magazine, Salon, The Escapist, and Tor.com. His first novel, Throne of the Crescent Moon, which Kirkus Reviews called “An arresting, sumptuous and thoroughly satisfying debut,” was recently published to wide acclaim. Saladin lives near Detroit with his wife and twin children.
on April 25, 2013 :
Fresh heroic fantasy stories without the heavy reliance on Westernised tropes. Some of the tales are very slight, but most are very good indeed, and none are too long or too heavy to support themselves. I would have loved to see Doctor Diablo's short story extended and further explored, for example. The Conan-esque Zok is also an interesting creation, but it is the first story, that introduces the ghul-hunting protagonist of Saladin's full-length debut novel, that will probably draw most readers to this collection. Nicely done, and consistently told, with a good ear for the intricacies of honour and faith that many fantasies lack.
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(reviewed within a month of purchase)