Friday, November 17, 2017

Five of the best books to take you on a trip to the medieval Middle East

S. A. Chakraborty's new novel is The City of Brass. At she tagged five books "to take you beyond One Thousand and One Nights and on a trip to the medieval Middle East," including:
The Desert of Souls by Howard Andrew Jones

A historical fantasy set in eighth-century Baghdad, The Desert of Souls is a delightful adventure in the spirit of Sherlock Holmes; pairing a military captain and scholar with the very real Caliph Harun al-Rashid and his wazir, Jafar al-Barmaki—the same Abbasid-era figures who made their way into 1001 Nights. As someone rather immersed (alright, obsessed) with the history and folklore of this era, I loved the way Jones brought this world alive and got a kick out of all the “Easter eggs” within—Jafar’s future downfall, in particular!
Read about another book on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue