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The Desert of Souls

In Book Review on April 18, 2014 at 11:16 pm

book cover for The Desert of Souls by Howard Andrew Jones

The Desert of Souls

This book is set in 8th century Baghdad. A dead parrot leads to a complex and deadly adventure. The main characters, captain of the guard Asim and tutor Dabir, prove to be brave and honorable men in the face of evil wizards, djinn, and a unearthly serpent.

I enjoyed this book and am willing to read the sequels to find out what other adventures they have. The female character, Sabirah, is strong, although she makes an immature choice to follow our heroes, but it was necessary for her involvement. Had she not, she would have been sitting safely back in a Baghdad palace. She is intelligent and loves learning. She shows great courage. However, you should not expect a Western style ending for her, I’m afraid.

It is difficult to find novels with Muslim characters who are portrayed positively.  The main characters certainly fit this bill, but some of the minor characters drink alcohol and there are vague mentions of sexual exploits. I may put this into my library collection despite this, just because it is a good read.

Jones, Howard A. The Desert of Souls. New York: Thomas Dunne /St. Martin’s Griffin, 2012. Print.