In this ambitious one-off departure for New York Times bestselling author Darren Shan, a teen's quest for invincibility leads him to tolerance and charity. Now available in paperback.
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 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.
Darren Shan is the No.1 bestselling author of the young adult series Cirque du Freak, The Demonata, The Saga of Larten Crepsley and Zom-B, as well as the standalone books THE THIN EXECUTIONER and KOYASAN. For adults he has written PROCESSION OF THE DEAD, HELL'S HORIZON and CITY OF THE SNAKES, collectively known as The City Trilogy.Shan's books are sold in every continent, in 31 languages, and have been bestsellers in countries including America, Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and the UAE. His books have also topped the adult bestseller charts in Hungary, Japan and Taiwan. In total, Shan's books have sold over 25 million copies worldwide. He lives with his girlfriend in Limerick and London.www.darrenshan.com