Throne of the Crescent Moon, by Saladin AhmedRead about another entry on the list.
Oh, I love this so hard. It’s an Arabic-flavoured world, where people practice a monotheism (although is it literally Islam? There’s no mention of the Prophet, for example. This is something I’d love to hear Ahmed’s thoughts upon, if I ever have the chance). There are ancient, dead gods, perhaps corresponding to the Egyptian gods. What I appreciate most, however, is the glorious variety in how the characters approach their faith. Pragmatic, mystical, rigid, flexible—this book comes at belief from all angles. Even a monotheistic faith is not a monolith.
The Page 69 Test: Throne of the Crescent Moon.
My Book, The Movie: Throne of The Crescent Moon.