Review: Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed

Throne of the Crescent Moon is the debut novel by American writer Saladin Ahmed, and the first book in The Crescent Moon Kingdoms series. I’ve had this one on my TBR pile for a while now, and it’s been staring at me, all that time, from my bookshelves, telling me to read it.

Plot:

Doctor Adoulla Makhslood is a ghul hunter, but he’s getting up there in age and his body isn’t what it used to be. He’s looking forward to retire in his beloved city of Dhamsawaat and spend the rest of his days drinking delicious teas and enjoying the company of friends. But he knows a peaceful life isn’t for those in his profession: he’ll be fighting ghuls until he’s dead. Adoulla and his devout assistant Raseed go ghul hunting after they find out a village of marsh dwellers has been slaughtered, but they aren’t prepared for what they end up getting entangled in. Something worse than regular ghuls is threatening Dhamsawaat. He recruits his old friends, Litaz the alkhemist and husband Dawoud whose magic is fuelled by his own life force. They are also joined by Badawi tribeswoman Zamia, whose band has been murdered by the same seemingly unstoppable force. Together they must navigate the magical, and the political, for there’s civil war brewing in Dhamsawaat.

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Review: Master of Whitestorm by Janny Wurts

I initially bought Master of Whitestorm because I’m trying to read more female fantasy authors, and on r/fantasy Janny Wurts came highly recommended. Rather than jump into a series, I decided to try one of her standalones first. Coincidentally, this book also qualifies for the r/fantasy Underrated square, so that’s two birds caught with one stone!

Plot:

Korendir, Master of Whitestorm, is no ordinary man. Enslaved by the Murghai as a boy, now grown into a man he frees himself and Haldeth, his partner on the oars of the slave ship. But if Haldeth thinks Korendir will live out his days in relative safety, peace and freedom, he is sorely mistaken. For Korendir has other plans.

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Review: Spiderlight by Adrian Tchaikovsky

A friend of mine had already recommended Adrian Tchaikovsky‘s Shadows of the Apt series to me, but even though I bought the first novel in the series, I jumped at the opportunity to read a stand-alone of his first. To give me a taste of his writing style. That opportunity was Spiderlight.

Plot:

Nth is a spider, a creature of Dark, and completely content to do spidery things, when a group of Man enters the woods he lives in. They burn a path through his many brethren, right up to his mother. He fears for his mother’s live then, and would gladly have given his life to defend hers. But his mother makes a deal with these humans, and one of those conditions is having one of her brood guide them towards the Dark Lord the humans mean to defeat. That guide is be Nth.

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Review: The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch

The Hanging Tree is the sixth novel in the PC Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch. I thought it was the last in the series, but luckily I was wrong.

Plot:

Peter is back in London and finds himself assigned to a case of accidental overdose. There doesn’t seem to be anything ‘Folly’ related about the case, until it becomes clear one of the witnesses is the daughter of Lady Ty. Goddess of River Tyburn. Sister of his girlfriend Beverly Brook. And she’s going to cash in that favour he owes her for saving his life when he was buried alive.
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Review: the Gormenghast trilogy by Mervyn Peake

Ah, Gormenghast. Hailed as one of the classics of Fantasy, I just had to read this trilogy. The Gormenghast trilogy by Mervyn Peake consists of:

  • Titus Groan
  • Gormenghast
  • Titus Alone

Plot:

The Gormenghast trilogy deals with the lives and deaths of the people of the great castle of Gormenghast. The first book starts with the birth of Titus Groan, the seventy-seventh Earl of Groan, son of Lord Sepulchrave, the seventy-sixth Earl of Groan and the Countess Gertrude, younger brother of Fuchsia. This event shakes the foundation of Gormenghast, and none of the lives of those who live within – and outside – those walls will ever be the same.

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Review: The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks

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The Blood Mirror is the fourth and penultimate book in Brent WeeksThe Lightbringer series. I preordered this one and when I received it, I read it from cover to cover in two and a half days. I would’ve probably finished it sooner if I didn’t have to work one of those days.

Plot:

The Colour Prince has now declared himself the White King, and the Chromeria is slowly losing the war. Karris, as the new White, is trying all she can to keep the strands that keep their society together from unravelling, but is still hurt by the kidnapping of Gavin, right after she saved him, and from right under her nose. Andross Guile is now promachos, and Zymun is the Prism Elect; he can’t become the true Prism until a certain knife has been found. Kip and the Mighty are fighting the White King’s army, contesting his advance every step of the way. Teia finds out the world she lives in is no longer black and white. Gavin is held captive in a prison of his own design, and finds out some horrible truths about the world, and himself.

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