Here's the next-to-final cover with titles. We'll likely tweak the fonts a bit and stick a quote on the bottom there, but this is pretty close...
The back cover copy will resemble the following, but some of it's likely to change:
One of the year's most anticipated fantasy debuts, from a finalist for the Nebula and Campbell Awards.
The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, land of djenn and ghuls, holy warriors and heretics, Khalifs and killers, is at the boiling point of a power struggle between the iron-fisted Khalif and the mysterious master thief known as the Falcon Prince. In the midst of this brewing rebellion a series of brutal supernatural murders strikes at the heart of the Kingdoms.
Doctor Adoulla Makhslood, the last real ghul hunter in the great city of Dhamsawaat, just wants a quiet cup of tea. A fat old man who has grown weary of hunting monsters and saving lives, he's more than ready to retire from his dangerous vocation. But when an old flame's family is murdered, Adoulla is drawn back to the hunter's path.
Adoulla's young assistant Raseed, a hidebound holy warrior whose prowess is matched only by his piety, is eager to deliver God's justice. But even as Raseed's sword is tested by ghuls and manjackals, his soul is tested when he and Adoulla cross paths with the tribeswoman Zamia.
Zamia Badawi, Protector of the Band, has been gifted with the power of the Lion-Shape, but shunned by her people for daring to take up a man's title. She lives only to avenge her father's death. Until she learns that Adoulla and his allies also hunt her father's killer. Until she meets Raseed.
When they learn that the murders and the Falcon Prince's brewing revolution are connected, the companions must race against time - and struggle against their own misgivings - to save the life of a vicious despot.In so doing they discover a plot for the Throne of the Crescent Moon that threatens to turn Dhamsawaat, and the world itself, into a blood-soaked ruin. Aaaand the very first round of blurbish quotes, likely to appear on front or back cover:
"THRONE OF THE CRESCENT MOON is colorful, magical, exciting, and moving. Saladin Ahmed delivers a beautiful story of a demon hunter in an Arabian Nights setting. An excellent first novel!" --Kevin J. Anderson
"This promising debut offers a glimpse of a dusty and wonderful fantasy city through the eyes of three engaging, unconventional protagonists." --Elizabeth Bear
"Readers yearning for the adventures of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser will delight in the arrival of Adoulla and Raseed." --Walter Jon Williams
"Introduces a promising series in telling of a ghul hunter and a young dervish who becomes his apprentice...the main characters' interaction is enjoyable and bodes well for further pieces." --Locus (for a short story set in this world)
it's exciting! i'm thrilled for you. there is no putting up with it. be excited. it's fun to snoopy dance -- in particular, it's fun to snoopy dance with others. besides, i don't think i'd want to know you if you were bored by something like this, anyway. ;-)
Far from bored. I don't have a pub date yet, but my first book comes out next year. Watching yet another debut come together gives me a little vicarious thrill. Kind of a coming attractions, only starring someone else. *g*
PLEASE! Does one ever get bored of such things?! You could show every iteration of the cover and it would not get boring. ;)
This sounds great. I love that the hero is an, um, old dude. Altho at my advanced age, I'm not sure how "old" old is in this case. I hate to congratulate you on having an old dude hero if it turns out he's about my age!