Throne of the Crescent Moon af Saladin Ahmed

Den femte februar 2012 udkommer en ny fantasy bog med titlen Throne of the Crescent Moon. Forfatteren, Saladin Ahmed, er debutant inden for fantasygenren, men har flere udgivelser bag sig i form af både fiktion og fakta. Saladin Ahmed er muslim i modsætning til de fleste andre fantasy forfattere, hvilket er interessant, da den verden, han har skabt i Throne of the Crescent Moon er muslimsk inspireret. Det burde give ham en edge over de ellers normalt kristne fantasy forfattere, når det kommer til at afbillede en muslimsk inspirereret verden (i den forbindelse kommer jeg i øvrigt til at tænke på Korset og halvmånen af Judith Tarr, som jeg læste som helt ung).

Ifølge en anmeldelse af Throne of the Crescent Moon (anmeldt før udgivelsen), som jeg fandt inde på Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist, er der tale om en tilbagevenden til 80′ernes sword and sorcery, hvor heltene er ukomplicerede, og plottet i mindre grad drejer sig om hele verdens undergang end om heltens personlige kamp for hæder og ære – eller måske bare om heltens kamp for ikke at kede sig ihjel i fredstid. Der er altid lidt diskussion om genredefinitionerne, og sword and sorcery er nok den genre, jeg normalt plejer at kalde heroisk fantasy (måske dog med lidt mere romance indover). Under alle omstændigheder har jeg valgt at rubricere Throne of the Crescent Moon under heroisk fantasy her på bloggen. Jeg er ikke sikker på, at jeg selv skal læse bogen, idet jeg personligt foretrækker high fantasy-genrens mere udfoldede og nuancerede verden og karakterer. Men hvis I som jeg er børn af firsernes fantasy eller bare godt kan lide en godt fortalt actionhistorie, så kunne det jo være, at det var noget for jer. Her er beskrivelsen fra inde fra Amazon:

From Saladin Ahmed, finalist for the Nebula and Campbell Awards, comes one of the year’s most anticipated fantasy debuts, THRONE OF THE CRESCENT MOON, a fantasy adventure with all the magic of The Arabian Nights.

The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, land of djenn and ghuls, holy warriors and heretics, Khalifs and killers, is at the boiling point of a power struggle between the iron-fisted Khalif and the mysterious master thief known as the Falcon Prince. In the midst of this brewing rebellion a series of brutal supernatural murders strikes at the heart of the Kingdoms. It is up to a handful of heroes to learn the truth behind these killings:

Doctor Adoulla Makhslood, “The last real ghul hunter in the great city of Dhamsawaat,” just wants a quiet cup of tea. Three score and more years old, he has grown weary of hunting monsters and saving lives, and is more than ready to retire from his dangerous and demanding vocation. But when an old flame’s family is murdered, Adoulla is drawn back to the hunter’s path.

Raseed bas Raseed, Adoulla’s young assistant, a hidebound holy warrior whose prowess is matched only by his piety, is eager to deliver God’s justice. But even as Raseed’s sword is tested by ghuls and manjackals, his soul is tested when he and Adoulla cross paths with the tribeswoman Zamia.

Zamia Badawi, Protector of the Band, has been gifted with the near-mythical power of the Lion-Shape, but shunned by her people for daring to take up a man’s title. She lives only to avenge her father’s death. Until she learns that Adoulla and his allies also hunt her father’s killer. Until she meets Raseed.

When they learn that the murders and the Falcon Prince’s brewing revolution are connected, the companions must race against time–and struggle against their own misgivings–to save the life of a vicious despot. In so doing they discover a plot for the Throne of the Crescent Moon that threatens to turn Dhamsawaat, and the world itself, into a blood-soaked ruin.

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