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BSFA Review: The Judas Blossom by Stephen Aryan

08/07/2024 16:33 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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The Judas Blossom by Stephen Aryan

(Angry Robot Books, 2023)

Reviewed by Ksenia Shcherbino

Even without any embellishments thirteenth century Mongol conquest of Persia is as close to fantasy as history can be. Not only this period (and this region) is conspicuously absent from Europocentric historiography and thus allows for certain fantasies and liberties (think Marco Polo), the deeply embedded fear of nomadic invasion seems to run deep in our blood centuries after Genghis Khan’s empire came to end, and Baghdad and Damask are the source of fairy tale ever since A Thousand and One Nights, or the Arabian Nights found its way into European imagination. So, Stephen Aryan has very interesting sources for his historical fantasy, and he uses them well.

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