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One of F. Marion Crawford's two masterworks of full-length fantasy fiction. The other is "The Witch of Prague." In the introduction to this edition, Lin Carter proclaims that work tiresome. I disagree, but I understand. "The Witch of Prague" is Gothic and weird in a particularly Gothic way. There's sort of a philosophical purpose that must confuse some readers, a heaviness of tone that will repel many. Nothing like that will be found in "Khaled: A Tale of Arabia." This is a tale as if Sheherazade herself spun it, with magic, and religion, and mystery, and romance, and derring-do in equal measure. And one great, unforgettable character, a murderous Christian woman. The eponymous djinn, Khaled, becomes mortal to earn the love of a princess. As one of the genie he had saved this beautiful princess, and thus gained attention of the Asrael, angel of Death. And with the boon of humanity he gets a shot at immortality. It sounds more complicated than it is. The tale is a delight, and one of the author's own favorites.