“The Desert of Souls” by Howard Andrew Jones REVIEW

Summary

An evil magian is on a mission to bring a lost city destroyed by Allah back out of the desert, and master it’s secrets to become all powerful. Asim and Dabir, servants of Jaffar the Bromacide, go on a quest to stop  him.

This work is not epic fantasy.  It is far from it.  It is swords against sorcery with historical fiction thrown in.  Think of Robert E. Howard and Harold Lamb kind of writing, thrown in with the Arabian Night’s.   8th century Baghdad is just teeming with life! Its like watching those old school sword and sandals movies.

This book is not just a no brain’s hack and slash romp.  The characters are not grunting Barbarians, they are fully fleshed out, and realistic.  No big babies here.  And the plot is like a roller coaster, going from one turn to another.  The writing is like a love child between Robert Ludlum and Michael Moorcock.  Very exceptional.  If this is the only fantasy book you read this year, read this one.

I was also surprised to see that the book had heavy moral fiber and themes. I didn’t expect it. It was a pleasant break from kill, kill, and more kill.   True heroism, true love, and many others themes are exposed.  There is violence yes, but the book was not just about violence.

I can’t say much because I don’t want to spoil it!

Overall, I give this book 5 out of 5 stars!

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