The Thin Executioner by Darren Shan takes place in a world full of treachery and evil. Jebel Rum, the protagonist, is the son of the most famous executioners in Wadi. When Rashed Rum announces he will be retiring in a year, all of the land goes into shock. Rashed tells the people everything will be fine, that either of his two sons would be his successor, J’an or J’al, never mentioning anything about Jebel. Shamed, Jebel sets off on a journey to petition the fire god; Sabbah Eid, for inhuman strength, but he has to bring a slave, Tel Hesani, to sacrifice. Over the course of his journey, he develops a bond with the slave. Would he sacrifice his new friend for power? Would he betray his village in helping the slave? To become the thin executioner, he would do anything.
This book is great for any fans of Darren Shan. It is a great adventure with an important moral, and a twist of romance. I recommend it to any teen, as long as they have a strong stomach! I give this book four stars.