by Somaiya Daud.
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Review Tagline: Deception and intrigue meet in a vivid story of romance and rebellion.
Blurb: In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, sixteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation, she dreams of writing poetry like the old world poetry she loves to hear read, she dreams of one day receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon.
But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects. When she is kidnapped by the government and taken in secret to the royal palace, she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place. As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty-and her time with the princess’ fiance, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear, and one wrong move could lead to her death.
Length: 320 pages.
Series: ‘Mirage’ Book 1.
Read as an: eBook.
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book, it was incredibly refreshing seeing such a rich and conflicting perspective in a character and location. The world that Somaiya Daud has created is intricate and beautiful, there is intrigue and aggression around every corner but there is also family, love, and faith. Continue reading “Mirage by Somaiya Daud”