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Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite
The Town of Mohaba (Volume 1: Death) by Nazanin Marzban is a children’s science fiction fantasy novel that would appeal to a mixed audience of tweens and teens who enjoy magical and supernatural stories. Mohaba was once a magical town, but now it is known for its gloomy weather and the danger of the evil souls known as the Devols that grip the residents with fear. Those that live in Mohaba cower in their homes and only survive due to the brave few that leave their homes to provide groceries to the residents. Yet, there is hope as Death and his allies seek to find the secret to destroying the evil creatures. Will Death succeed in freeing the people from their everlasting torment or will Death fail and leave the people without life after death.
The Town of Mohaba (Volume 1: Death) by Nazanin Marzban has a well-chosen cover that showcases some of the book’s plot elements without giving away any spoilers. I found the beginning of the book to be rather slow, but after a few chapters the pace picked up quickly. The idea of having Death not as an abstract concept, but instead as a character was intriguing to me and I was unsure if I would like it or not. However, as the author did a wonderful job in writing Death, I found that I came to really like Death as a character; Death in this book reminded me a bit of Death in the Tale of Three Brothers in the Harry Potter series. Overall, I have to say that I enjoyed reading this book and I would have truly loved it as a teenager!