4.8.13

THE DESERT OF SOULS, by Howard Andrew Jones

Hooray for 8th century thousand-and-one-night type fantasy! This first novel from an excellent writer gets my vote if only for the great cover art: an arabic warrior leaping across space, scimitar flashing. And the story line, beautifully told in the first person, takes us from Baghdad to Mosul to long-buried cities with sleeping djinns. An evil priest abandons nice-nice and decides to create havoc and ruin with the undead. Our hero, Captain Asim, recounts his adventures with the scholar Dabir, the impetuous princess Sabirah, and a host of icky undeads. This is GREAT! Read it! You'll love it even if you don't like fantasy. A 4+....I'm not giving 5s out any more unless I am breathless.