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The Thin Executioner by Darren Shan
Review by Mel Jacob
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780316078658
Date: 01 August 2010 List Price $17.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

An Arabian Nights coming-of-age novel, Darren Shan's The Thin Executioner details the adventures of Jebel Rum on his journey to recover his honor and win the woman of his dream, Debbat, the high lord's daughter. Born into the quasi-aristocracy, Jebel has a slim build that makes becoming an executioner like his father or a warrior doubtful. He won't accept lesser positions as a teacher, judge, or trader. Then, when his father announces his retirement so one of his older sons can enter the mukharyet and claim the title, he omits Jebel and thus shames him. Jebel decides he must undertake a quest to become invincible so he can win the competition for his father's position to reclaim his honor and marry Debbat.

From official release/information:

Product Description: 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.

(Source: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

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