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shantal

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  • Throne of the Crescent Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Saladin Ahmed
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (172)

    The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, home to djenn and ghuls, holy warriors and heretics, are 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, Raseed bas Raseed, Adoulla’s young assistant, and Zamia Badawi, Protector of the Band.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "A welcome new voice in fantasy, read with aplomb"
    "Strong first act, awesome setting, doesn't deliver"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Saladin Ahmed and/or Phil Gigante?

    I think I would try because the book had good ideas.


    What could Saladin Ahmed have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Focus on the main characters he introduced from the beginning, shorten the first act, and strengthen the second and third act.


    Did Phil Gigante do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Kind of, unfortunately, I always think it's weird when there's one voice for all of the characters but that can't always be helped.


    Did Throne of the Crescent Moon inspire you to do anything?

    I love fantasy and I will always read fantasy novels, and the Throne of the Crescent Moon did inspire me to continue to look for novels set in a middle eastern fantasy world.


    Any additional comments?

    While the book started out strong- awesome ideas, cool characters, and a great setting, the story failed to deliver. The new characters introduced were boring and some of them were cliche. The second act slowed to a screeching halt. The third act quickened a little, but over all, I didn't enjoy the second half of the novel. Honestly, I don't think I would recommend this audiobook. If people are interested in trying the book out for themselves because it does start out pretty great, I would suggest just buying the book or the ebook because it's cheaper. Otherwise, save your credits.

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