Thursday, April 21, 2011

TBR Thursday: The Thin Executioner

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Post about the books you've purchased, received, borrowed or otherwise acquired this past week!


The Thin Executioner by Darren Shan

Genre: Fantasy; Horror; Young Adult

Book Blurb: In a kingdom of merciless tyrants, Jebel Rum's family is honored as royalty because his father is the executioner. But Rashed Rum is near retirement. And when he goes, there will be a contest to determine his successor. It is a contest that thin, puny Jebel has no chance of winning.

Humiliated and ashamed, Jebel sets out on a quest to the faraway home of a legendary fire god to beg for inhuman powers so that he can become the most lethal of men. He must take with him a slave, named Tel Hesani, to be sacrificed to the god. It will be a dark and brutal journey filled with lynch mobs, suicide cults, terrible monsters, and worse, monstrous men. But to Jebel, the risk is worth it. To retrieve his honor . . . To wield unimaginable power . . . To become . . . The thin executioner.

Inspired by the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, international bestselling master of horror Darren Shan takes readers on a thrilling, fast-paced journey into a nightmarish world where compassion and kindness are the greatest crimes of all.

Why I purchased this book: Horror's not my usual read, but I wanted to see how the author would pull off this this world in which executioners are held in such high esteem. Besides, as soon as I read the blurb, I wanted to know if Jebel would go through with his quest, or if he would let go of his brutal goal and release Tel. Or perhaps Tel will escape? I can't wait to find out . . .

Available on Kindle: Yes. You can find it on Amazon here.

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