BOOK REVIEW: The Desert of Souls (The Chronicles of Sword & Sand 1)

The Desert of Souls
Head of Zeus bring us this new author. Will Desert of Souls stand up to their previous brilliant books The Grim Company, The Rook and The Twyning, or is this going to be their first disappointment?

Baghdad, AD 790. Caliph Harun al-Rashid presides over the greatest metropolis on Earth, ruler of an empire stretches from China to Byzantium. His exploits will be recorded in Alf Layla or, as we know it, The Book of One Thousand and One Nights.

But The Thousand and One Nights are silent on the deeds and adventures that befell two of the Caliph’s subjects: the renowned scholar Dabir ibn Kahlil, and his shield and right hand, Asim el Abbas. For their story, we must turn to the Chronicle of Sand and Sword…

Amid the trackless sands of ancient Arabia, two companions – a swordsman and a scholar – search for the ruins of the lost city of Ubar. Before their quest is over, they will battle necromancers and animated corpses, they will confront a creature that has traded wisdom for the souls of men since the dawn of time and they will fight to save a city’s soul.

The Desert of Souls follows friends Asim el Abbas and Dabir ibn Kahil, who embark on a crusade to stop a dangerous sorcerer from using dark magic to turn their city to ruins.

This is the first in the Chronicles of Sword and Sand series, with the second book The Bones of the Old Ones due out on eBook now, or the paper and hardback are published December 5th 2013.

I really enjoyed this book and it felt like a mix of Arabian Nights and Sherlock Holmes. The characters were well-defined and you are deeply drawn into their story. You actually feel almost like you are in all of the wonderful places described as the scenes are beautifully described. The plot is original and very well paced – never feeling too rushed or too slow. I was deeply absorbed into the story and was very disappointed when I reached the end as I enjoyed it too much. Also much to my relief the story was finished off properly with no cliff-hangers leading onto the next book.

A wonderfully written book, and I look forward to reading more of Dabir and Asim’s adventures.

AUTHOR: Howard Andrew Jones
PUBLISHER: Head of Zeus
H/BACK: 400 pages
RRP: £14.99
ISBN: 978-1781854631

Rating: 5/5
Reporter: Darkphoenix1701

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