This was a work which I savoured from beginning to end. A tale of djinns which paints them as complex and a blend of mythology which I’m enthralled by.
I love Nahri, from the beginning regarding her self preservation. A sensible protagonist who did all she could to survive, and to allow her own survival. And her wit, those were moments which made me laugh. Her interactions with Dara was anything but boring and I enjoyed their conversations.
As well as Ali, who was interesting in the beginning. But by the end, I’m attached to him. And even surprised as to where his ending was leading me. And that despite the fact that he is a good prince, he doesn’t just
throw everything away. He has a family and he treasures them.
As for Ghassan, he is a villain. But he isn’t plain evil, he has moments of humanity. The way he treats his sons, which also serves as his flaws. As much as he is someone who is ruthless and cruel, but he is a product of his times. And I am interested in the things that shaped him to be who he is today.
And Dara, I liked the man. For all his past, he is someone who has seen so much. And those are what that shapes him, and he respects Nahri. I liked the way that he is someone who has gone back from the dead to here but does all he can to help Nahri. And their romance was even something that I felt natural, it doesn’t come in words such as “I love you.” But they care for each other and when they lose the other, it leaves a hole that cannot be fulfilled.
The plot is very full of twists. It moves fast, in a way that I never expected it to be at all. Or even guess that it was going to happen. I was surprised at how original it was, that not all of it was something I could predict. The lore was something that intrigued me endlessly, and so well explored, that by the end of it a brand new world was created. And one that I will enjoy returning to.
So, you can say that this are all reasons why I love this book. From the middle eastern themes, to the djinns and the plot and the characters who appealed to me. By all means it is something worth checking out.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5