By Alwyn Hamilton
Publisher: Faber and Faber Limited Pages: 358
Rated: 4 stars
When I started this book, I wasn’t in the right place to read it, and I was gutted that I had to put it down. I knew that once in the right mood, I would thoroughly enjoy it. Well guess what? I was finally good to re-pick up this book, and I loved it – I couldn’t put it down!
This book is very diverse. It gives you an insight to other ways in which people live in the world, especially in the East. Also there’s the mysterious magic which I really hope we get to explore further in the second book Traitor to the Throne.
Amani Al’Hiza, our heroine in this story is a strong woman. In her religion and culture women aren’t respected and do not have many rights, but she wants more and her freedom. So, when a foreigner, Jin, comes into her life and gives her a chance to see the world (and get away from her current future as one of the wives to her Uncle), she takes it.
I find the Amani is a strong willed young woman, who knows how to look after herself – and get herself into trouble! She is 3D, with issues (not playing by the rules or doing as she is told, even if it will keep her safe), as well as a heart which, if it let people in could do a lot of damage as well as good.
Jin, well, he is a mystery from the beginning and I still can’t quite fathom where he will fit into the BIG picture of this fast paced, heart thundering story. All I can say is that I think he is adorable, and who doesn’t want that in a book?
The world that Alwyn has created is large (with hope of seeing more in book two), with magic, war, family rivalry and, of course, love.
I can’t wait to pick up the next book and see where Alwyn is taking us in this journey.
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