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BookPage Reviews The Desert of Souls

Sunday, February 13th, 2011 | Posted by John ONeill

desert-of-souls2Howard Andrew Jones’ novel The Desert of Souls will be released Tuesday, Feb 15.

But the early reviews have begun to appear, and it’s obvious the excitement surrounding the book is already starting to build.  Here’s an excerpt from the review at BookPage:

In the space of the first two sentences… Howard Andrew Jones has captured the reader. By the end of the first page — and in my case, the first paragraph — the crisp, evocative imagery has gripped one’s attention… that grip only tightens in the pages that follow.

The Desert of Souls has been described as Sherlock Holmes meets the Arabian Nights meets Robert E. Howard. The comparisons are apt, and in the case of Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous duo, overt. The martially adept Captain Asim partners with the erudite Dabir, a scholar whose principle weapons are his piercing intelligence and keen observations… Fantastic adventure ensues. Though this is only the first book, the tandem of Asim and Dabir shows great promise to be worthy of the “great fictional duos” mantle worn by the likes of Lieber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, Bilbo and Gandalf, and even Kirk and Spock.

The rich tapestry of 8th-century Baghdad recalls some of Scheherazade’s most engaging tales, and the supernatural horrors faced by Asim and Dabir during the course of their adventures could just as easily have menaced the likes of Conan, Solomon Kane or Bran Mak Morn…. At its heart, Jones’ work is a great read — a page-turner in its purest form. As such, The Desert of Souls is a powerful place — it can wreck sleeping schedules, cause chores to be neglected and, best of all, make one yearn for the next installment.

The complete review by Michael Burgin is available here. You can pre-order The Desert of Souls at and other fine bookshops.


  1. Heck, I was totally hooked by the end of the last paragraph myself. I can’t WAIT to read the rest of it!!! Bravo, Howard!!!

    Comment by C.S.E. Cooney - February 14, 2011 1:27 pm

  2. I just read over on Paizo that Howard is a ‘swords and sorcery icon’… Hey Howard, when did that happen and how did I miss it? :)

    Comment by Scott Taylor - February 14, 2011 7:24 pm

  3. A sword-and-sorcery icon, eh? It must have happened while I was sleeping last night. I though I just had a crick in my neck, but perhaps it was an after effect of some kind of iconic transformation.

    Claire, glad to hear that you’re enjoying it so far.

    Comment by Managing Editor Howard Andrew Jones - February 14, 2011 9:09 pm

  4. I am SOOOO stoked to read this bad boy…

    Comment by John R. Fultz - February 15, 2011 12:59 am

  5. […] review joins the recent rave coverage from BookPage, Bush League Critic, and SF […]

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