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The Desert of Souls

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    An absolutely enjoyable read. Jones richly renders his world an

    An absolutely enjoyable read. Jones richly renders his world and creates very likable, memorable characters to inhabit it. I'm looking forward to reading more from him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2011

    A good adventure story that is a lot of fun

    The characters feel like real people. A lot happens but it never gets overwhelming. It's just an all around good book. I'll be looking for more of this author in the future.

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

    A magical story

    Very enjoyable; had a hard time putting it down, even for dinner. It's told from the viewpoint of the faithful warrior, which is an interesting take in fantasy--lots of bards, scholars and loveable scoundrels narrating, but not many warriors. It's an interesting viewpoint, because often his interpretations and solutions are very straightforward and honest. He tends to think strategically only when it comes to protecting his young master or in a fight. He pairs with a scholar, Dabir, and they end up on a quest, hoping to thwart an evil magician and his henchmen. Sounds like the stuff bedtime stories are made of, and it works. I enjoyed the level of detail; while the author used 8th century Arabia in describing people, setting and customs, he took enough liberties to make the area his own. A magical tale, and I look forward to his next.
    Didn't rate 5 stars just because I save that for my 'best' books, or 'need to own.'

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  • Posted March 9, 2011

    Escape to the Arabian Nights with The Desert of Souls

    I received an advance reader's copy of the novel, The Desert of Souls (Thomas Dunne Books, February, 2011), by Howard Andrew Jones for review. In addition to being a novelist, Howard Jones is also the Managing Editor of Black Gate magazine.

    Soldier Asim el Abbas and scholar Dabir ibn Khalil make an unlikely buddy match-up in this thrilling novel set in an 8th century Middle East filled to the brim with legend, buried cities, blades, and wizardry leavened with just the right touch of romance. The book has an amusing, if slightly slow start, but don't let that tempt you into setting it aside before you reach the challenge awaiting Asim and Dabir in the "desert of souls" that lies, physically and metaphorically, at the heart of the story. Howard Jones, through Asim, his heroic narrator, displays a consummate gift for storytelling that immerses you fully into the world of the Arabian nights while leaving you stunned by the frequent awesome beauty of his prose style. In spite of reading through the night, when Asim announced "this tale is done," all I wanted to do was open the book at the beginning and read it again.

    In one word? Splendid!

    [Posted here under my pen name, Louise Herring-Jones.]

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