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I was attracted to this audio book by the Middle Eastern theme. Djinns and magic in eighteenth century Egypt. Shades of Scheharezade. However the dialogue was written and narrated in almost modern American. The story felt that it could have been anywhere. I am sorry to say that the reader also spoke in modern American English with no trace of accents to give colour to the characters.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Needs a glossary because new and invented terms are hard to follow when spoken. However, story and characters are interesting. Exciting to have a fantasy novel from this perspective and look forward to future books in the series
Set in 18th century Cairo and the magical lands beyond, this novel is based in folklore, myth, and history of the Middle East. That said, with it's political tensions over wars past and present, conversations surrounding &quot;purity&quot; within the races, and religious underpinnings, one can easily relate this story about a con artist with magical healing powers and the world of the djinn to much of what's going on in the world to this day.
The characters are diverse from their socioeconomic statuses and &quot;bloodlines&quot; to their religious convictions and sexual preferences. The romance will make your heart ache and leave you wanting more. The pace is quick with beautiful writing and characters both developed and developing that give the story a great deal of depth. I listed to this on audio, and it was a great listen on a long flight!
It is a trilogy, so keep in mind that you'll likely have to wait until late 2018 before you get a next installment. The ending was pretty predictable even in the cliffhanger. That said, it doesn't make you want to read the next installment any less! If you enjoy Leigh Bardugo, Sarah J Maas, or Sabaa Tahir you'll really enjoy this novel.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
This book is amazing. The world built by the author is entrancing, the romance is realistic and filled a slow burn that burns deep. Best of all the female protagonist is strong and brave despite fear. She’s not perfect, she’s not blank...Nahri is her own person from page 1 to end.
My unexpected favorite feature about this book is the weaving of the city/court politics and realistic flaws for every character. You will get frustrated with your heroine and sympathize with antagonists....and that is what makes this book great. The payoff is filled with emotion and opens wide open for the next book.
I cannot wait for more.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful