Have a hankering for old style sword and sorcery, but bored of plots set in Medieval England and Europe. My suggestion, try Howard Andrew Jones http://www.amazon.com/Howard-Andrew-Jones/e/B001H6OE94.
Following up on the terrific “The Desert of Souls” http://www.amazon.com/Desert-Souls-Howard-Andrew-Jones/dp/B007K4IA10/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1, Jones’ new Captain Asim and Dabir adventure, “The Bones of the Old Ones” http://www.amazon.com/Bones-Ones-Howard-Andrew-Jones/dp/0312646755/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359389606&sr=8-1&keywords=the+bones+of+the+old+ones is a surefire way to have fun reading old style fantasy once again. While paying homage to old masters, Jones breaks new ground by setting his magical tale in an Arabian Nights world replete with necromancers, immortals, malicious spirits, magical weapons and fearsome monsters. Its also a magical detective tale. He successfully integrates old style sword and sorcery with fully realized characters and the Islamic world.
Captain Asim, the soldier, and Dabir, his learned colleague, have settled in Mosul after the affairs in “The Desert of Souls” were rapped up. One of the servants brings word that a Persian woman Najya is seeking their help. It seems that certain immortal wizards have placed a vengeful frost spirit in her in order to help them find magical artifacts, which contain awesome power. They immediately come under attack from the wizards, who want to use Najya to find the artifacts. They are able to escape the wizards this time, but Dabir quickly recognizes the wizards as fearsome immortals and is also concerned that the spirit in Najya will take over her body. He, Asim and Najya join a caravan and venture into the desert to seek Dabir’s old friend Jabir.Najya is the daughter of a famous general and Asim quickly falls for her and the feeling seems to be mutual. Piling on, the frost spirit is manipulating the weather and the world is shrouded in snow and ice.
Time and again they face off against the wizards, barely surviving. When they reach Jabir, he tries to force the spirit from her body, but fails. The friends decide to seek out the artifacts and put them to use against the wizards and to free Najya.
Later, after another vicious attack, and the loss of their friend, Asim and Dabir are joined by Lydia, a sorceress who plotted with the wizards, but left them when it became apparent they were going to kill her. Lydia is another great character. Asim and Dabir track down and find a club — one of the artifacts in the tomb of a legendary greek hero.
Asim, who is more than just a big guy with a sword, figures out how to use the club, but by this time, the vengeful spirit has taken over Najya. She may still have a soft spot for Asim, but the spirit is untrusting, and cares little for Lydia and Dabir. Plus the immortal wizards are also attacking. The spirit wants to use the artifacts to bolster its magic and open a door into another world to bring in more monsterous spirits. It plans to kill many of Mosul’s citizens to feed its blood magic.
Can Dabir, Lydia and Asim’s plan to use golems and magic to defeat the spirit and free Najya work?
Filled with a keen eye for adventure and a magical mix of sword and sorcery, Islam, fiendish wizards, duplicitous allies and interesting and fully realized characters, the “Bones of the Old Ones” is a terrific read.