Clashing empires, forbidden romance, and a long-forgotten queen destined to save her people—Tahereh Mafi’s first in an epic, romantic trilogy inspired by Persian mythology.
To all the world, Alizeh is a disposable servant, not the long-lost heir to an ancient Jinn kingdom forced to hide in plain sight.
The crown prince, Kamran, has heard the prophecies foretelling the death of his king. But he could never have imagined that the servant girl with the strange eyes, the girl he can’t put out of his mind, would one day soon uproot his kingdom—and the world.
Perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Tomi Adeyemi, and Sabaa Tahir, this is the explosive first book in a new fantasy trilogy from the New York Times bestselling and National Book Award-nominated author Tahereh Mafi.
This won’t be a long review. Not because the book is not worth mentioning, on the contrary, but because I am so engrossed in this series that I am already listening to These Infinite Threads, the sequel, and just want to read and not write my impressions. LOL
When you are flying through a story, you know that’s a very good one!
I had this one on my TBR for more than one year and it’s my daughter who convinced me to give it a chance.
I ended up adoring that very romantic story as it has so many of my favorite elements in books!
-a lost heir to a famous empire: check
-a powerful heroine forced to live miserably to survive, all while doing it with grace and compassion: check;
-a handsome and hotheaded prince acting rashly in his will to prove his worth to his king: check;
-an adorable firefly who becomes best friend with the heroine, Disney Cinderella style: check;
-Arabian style setting with clay people (humans) and Jinns: check;
-a star-crossed lovers vibe: check;
-he falls first and go to romantic extremes: check;
-a prophecy to fulfil: check;
-a maybe rebellion brewing on the horizon: check;
-a young king weaving dark magic and who has sold his soul to the devil: check;
-a poor orphan boy saved from the street by the prince: check;
-action, twists and turns filled with magic tricks: check;
-a cliffhanger… well check, even if I don’t like these;
Now I am wondering if Tahereh will pull a “Shatter Me” on us and will change the love interest, same as Sarah J Maas does so often…
Aaaand I am sharing some favorite quotes with you here below:
“Was it worrisome that he felt nothing but pleasure to be held at her mercy?”
“Though if you mean to take me captive, you need only ask. I would come willingly.”
“You have consumed my thoughts since the moment I met you,” he said to her. “I feel now, in your presence, entirely strange. I think I might fetch you the moon if only to spare your tears again.”
“What is your name?”
“Of all the non sequiturs. Why do you need to know my name?”
“So that I may hate you more informally.”
“Ah. Well, in that case, you may call me Cyrus.”
“Cyrus,” she said. “You insufferable monster. Where on earth are we going?”
“There exists no bridge between our lives; no path that connects our worlds.”
“How can that matter? Is this not one day to be my empire, to rule as I see fit? I will build a bridge. I can clear a path.”
Thanks for reading.