Thursday, April 4, 2013
Throne of the Crescent Moon, by Saladin Ahmed
Throne of the Crescent Moon is a Nebula nominee for 2012. It's also a YA novel. It is not billed as such at my public library, but it's definitely written as YA. And not particularly old YA, probably pitched 10-12 except for the especially gory interludes where the villain is preparing his ploy. As other reviewers on Amazon and Goodreads have said, it is a Dungeons & Dragons campaign set into a novel. We have a cleric, a dervish (specialized fighter) and a kind of lycanthrope. They pursue an evil cleric and a lycanthrope. All emotions and plot drivers are stated plainly and explained, educational for a young reader. This is not a bad book, but it isn't a good one either. I was definitely expecting more from a Nebula nominee, but they can't all be hits. I'm not too sorry I read it, but definitely glad to have gotten it from the library. 2 stars unless you are 11 and have a strong stomach. Not more violent than Harry Potter, though, so most would be fine.