Saladin Ahmed’s “Engraved on the Eye” offers a nice sampling of Ahmed’s short fiction. Collected in this volume are three short stories set in the same world as his first novel, The Crescent Throne, as well as a western, sci-fi, bunnies with swords, and an urban fantasy. Readers unfamiliar with the Crescent Throne will find the stories a good starting point, while fans of Saladin Adhmed’s will enjoy the additional background on a certain ghul hunter and his blue clothed dhervish.
Tying the eight stories of this volume are two themes existing fans will find familiar: the fantastical, told with a heavy Middle Eastern influence. If Bradbury had been Arabic and living in middle America, this is what his first story collection might have looked like, ghul’s, djenn, and demons included.