Monday, January 10, 2011

"The Thin Executioner" by Darren Shan

To start this post, I don't think I could use anything better then the words from the back of the book;
"The executioner swung his axe- THWACK! -And another head went rolling into the dust."
Jebel's family has him, his two older brothers (both strong and admired) and his father. Jebel's father, Rashed Rum, "...the greatest executioner Wadi had ever seen.", the executioner, who was valued as Royalty in Wadi, plans to retire. The competition that will take place to decide who will be the town executioner is probably going to be won by one of his sons; even he thinks so. He doesn't think that it will be the thinner, younger son, Jebel, and doesn't even bother to mention Jebel in the speech where he'll announce his retirement. The simplicity of him not mentioning Jebel will cause Jebel to embark on a dangerous quest, one that he'll probably die from the journey of, to prove that he is strong, and ask for invincibility from the god at the end of the quest.

Jebel starts his quest- and starts the story- as a very immature, completely shallow, character that anyone who is at all civilized is probably going to hate. However, during the book he grows up a lot, and gains a conscience. He grows a lot as a person during the novel. That, is why I like it. By the end of the book he's a lot different then from the beginning, in a very good way. The emotional journey filled with battles and danger is an interesting read. I'd give it 4 stars! It was a deep book, dealing with issues like violence, slavery, and really whether it's right to murder anyone for whatever reason.  

This book is also by the author who wrote the famed "Saga of Darren Shan", or more commonly called, "Cirque Du Freak" series, which I have yet to read (it's on my bookshelf right now though so there.). I've read reviews though that say it's nothing like his other books, and fans of "Cirque Du Freak" will not automatically enjoy this book. It's still good though- pick it up!


Shiku said...

Damn it! I'm reading positive reviews again and again and again ... and still my "The Thin Executioner" waits for me on the shelf. I really have to change this!

I hope you'll enjoy the Darren Shan saga :D I've read it many years ago, but still can't get enough. I guess they're right when they say it's quite different from this book here. But still it's great.

Cat said...

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Yes, you should definitely read it! I'll be reading the Saga of Darren Shan after I finish the book I'm reading now- I'm looking forward to it!

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