A fantasy series by Saladin Ahmed that takes place in an Islamic-inspired fantasyland, rather than the typical Medieval European Fantasy
. Dr. Adoulla Makhslood is a ghul-hunter in the city of Dhamsawaat, accompanied by his trusty sword-wielding assistant, Raseed bas Raseed.
While still retaining spirit of High Fantasy
, this series plays with character and setting tropes for a unique look on a traditional quest.
The first book, Throne of the Crescent Moon
was released in 2012, with at least two sequels forthcoming.
- Action Girl: Zamia Banu Laith Badawi
- Badass Grandpa: Adoulla might count as one of these
- Big Bad: Mouw Awa and Orshado
- Big Beautiful Woman: Miri Almoussa
- Big Eater: Adoulla again.
- Bittersweet Ending: On the one hand, Dhamsawaat is saved for the time being, but the young and idealistic prince is dead and the Falcon Prince has taken on the powers of the Cobra Throne. Adoulla and Miri finally reach an understanding, but marrying Miri means that Adoulla, last of the ghul hunters, must retire.
- Black and Gray Morality: While Mouw Awa has to be stopped to save the city, both the current Khalif and the Falcon Prince are equally unappealing candidates to rule.
- Cast from Hit Points: Dawoud and Adoulla both are drained by their magics. But the former literally spends the days of his life to power his magic, and acknowledges the events of the book take months off his life.
- Celibate Hero: Adoulla unwillingly, Raseed because of his oaths.
- Crapsack World: Between poverty, violence, ghuls, and political unrest, Dhamsawaat is looking pretty grim.
- Death of the Old Gods: Literally, the Kemeti Dead Gods.
- Death Seeker: Zamia.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: To Middle Eastern and Islamic cultures.
- Freudian Trio
- Full-Name Basis: Adoulla manages to recall Zamia's full name, which impresses her.
- Gray and Gray Morality: The Khalif is a cruel ruler, the Falcon Prince a reckless outlaw. Who would you rather see on the throne?
- Half-Human Hybrid: The jackal-headed Mouw Awa.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Miri
- The Hunter: Adoulla, "the last real ghul hunter in the great city of Dhamsawaat"
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Raseed tries.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Raseed with a sword.
- Just Like Robin Hood: The Falcon Prince.
- Last of His Kind: Adoulla is the last ghul-hunter; Zamia is the last of Banu Laith Badawi.
- Love at First Sight: Raseed and Zamia, though it takes most of the book for either of them to admit it.
- Mad Lib Fantasy Title
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Mouw Awa.
- No Periods, Period: Averted. Zamia says that she can't change shape "when women's business is upon me."
- Oddly Shaped Sword: Raseed's forked blade. Also counts as a Cool Sword.
- Older Than They Look: Dawoud. See Cast from Hit Points above.
- Our Ghouls Are Creepier: More like golems or zombies, depending on the situation
- Our Werebeasts Are Different: Zamia is considered "Angel-touched" for her shapeshifting ability. Adoulla also comments that he didn't know girls could be shapeshifters.
- Our Zombies Are Different: Skin-ghuls
- Pedophile Priest: Why they decide to send the orphan boy to his aunt the brothel madam, rather than put give him to a religious charity house.
- Phantasy Spelling: It might just be alternate transliterations of Arabic terms; still, the book is riddled with "alkhemy," "faroes," and of course, "ghuls."
- Proud Barbarian Race Girl: Zamia.
- Religion Is Magic: Adoulla destroys ghuls by quoting Scripture at them.
- Shoot the Dog: Assuming that he's telling the truth, the Falcon Prince drinks the Prince's blood with his permission, only to discover there are no "good" powers granted by the Cobra Throne.
- Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Adoulla doesn't care who hears him making seditious remarks about the Khalif.
- Title Drop: When they finally translate the ancient text, guess what it mentions?
- The Stoic: Raseed
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Zamia turns into a lioness.
- Warrior Monk: Adoulla, to some extent.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Prince Sammari, the Heir. Then again, he is nine.
- The X of Y: Throne of the Crescent Moon