059306125X
Hardback:The lion Of Cairo / Scott Oden.:2010 Hardback The lion Of Cairo / Scott Oden.
The lion Of Cairo / Scott Oden.
Author: Oden, Scott.
Publication year: 2010
Format: Hardback
Publisher: London : Bantam,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9780593061251 (hbk.) : 059306125X (hbk.) :
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Cairo, 1167 AD. On the banks of the River Nile, from a palace of gold & lapis lazuli, the Fatimid Caliph Rashid al-Hasan rules over a crumbling empire. His city is awash with intrigue & in the shadow of the Grey Mosque, generals & emirs jockey for position under the scheming eyes of the powerful grand vizier, Jalal.
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I don’t often use the word ‘excellent’ when talking about books; there’s often some niggling little thing that detracts from the performance that an author has crammed into the space between the front and back covers. However, in this instance, I think the word ‘excellent’ is justified. I found this one through following up on The Desert of Souls by Howard Jones (another cracking read). I’ve become less enamoured of modern fantasy, finding the rush towards the Edge of Grit a bit off-putting; perhaps as I’ve got older, I’ve started to hanker for the more heroic lustre of the fiction I used to read. In Oden’s book, I think I’ve found it. The Lion of Cairo is set in the Middle East of the mid 12th century, a time when caliphs and viziers, Mamelukes and eunuchs vied for power in the greatest city of Egypt. Add to that the presence of the Crusaders, their military hardmen the Templars and a generous sprinkling of sinister sorcerous shenanigans and you’ve got a recipe for intrigue, skuldug
20/09/13
david murray

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