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    An instant New York Times best seller!

    The first in a gripping fantasy duology inspired by West African folklore in which a grieving crown princess and a desperate refugee find themselves on a collision course to murder each other despite their growing attraction - from debut author Roseanne A. Brown. This New York Times best seller is perfect for fans of Tomi Adeyemi, Renée Ahdieh, and Sabaa Tahir.

    For Malik, the Solstasia festival is a chance to escape his war-stricken home and start a new life with his sisters in the prosperous desert city of Ziran. But when a vengeful spirit abducts his younger sister, Nadia, as payment to enter the city, Malik strikes a fatal deal - kill Karina, Crown Princess of Ziran, for Nadia’s freedom.

    But Karina has deadly aspirations of her own. Her mother, the Sultana, has been assassinated; her court threatens mutiny; and Solstasia looms like a knife over her neck. Grief-stricken, Karina decides to resurrect her mother through ancient magic...requiring the beating heart of a king. And she knows just how to obtain one: by offering her hand in marriage to the victor of the Solstasia competition.

    When Malik rigs his way into the contest, they are set on a heart-pounding course to destroy each other. But as attraction flares between them and ancient evils stir, will they be able to see their tasks to the death?

    "Magic creates a centuries-long divide between peoples in this stunning debut novel inspired by North African and West African folklore. An action-packed tale of injustice, magic, and romance, this novel immerses readers in a thrilling world and narrative reminiscent of Children of Blood and Bone." (Publishers Weekly, "An Anti-Racist Children's and YA Reading List") 

    ©2020 Roseanne A. Brown (P)2020 HarperAudio

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    • Anonymous User
    • 18/08/2020

    A truly unique and beautiful tale....

    A whirlwind adventure tale about love, loss, anger and magic. I loved every moment of this unexpected, beautiful story Rosanne weaved for us.

    Karina is already soaring to the top of my favorite characters list. I love her anger, I love her moral compass and I absolutely admire her strength. I truly cannot wait to see where the next book takes her. I can't wait to see her take back her kingdom. A true queen.

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    • Wrtiersbloc
    • 13/08/2020

    Slow

    The story was kind of drawn out and I listened to the end of it on fast forward just wanting to be done.

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    • S. Geib
    • 27/09/2020

    No words

    It's impossible to find the right words without spoiling some aspect of the story. It's just so good! The world building and the depths of the characters are fantastic, and the themes are refreshingly different than what've become tropes within the fantasy genre.

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    • Cassandra B
    • 02/07/2020

    Kinda slow in the beginning

    Overall the story was good.
    a little slow in the beginning though. I had to start it over and over again just to fully understand everything.

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    • Anonymous User
    • 13/10/2020

    Great story, beautiful performance!

    This book was absolutely lovely! Especially 3 dimensional characters for a YA fantasy, world building that draws you in, and a story with twists and turns you always feel like you should have expected (the best kind). No fantasy world holds up to infinite scrutiny, but this is the kind that makes you feel like you don’t have to poke at it. In short, it’s beautifully crafted.

    The performance is well suited to the story, with two different narrators (one for each limited omniscient viewpoint). The narrators carry the story well, and stay understated enough to leave room for the listener’s thoughts and interpretations. There are some distinctive voices, but none that feel out of place and no drastic tonal shifts that take the listener out of the story. They both were fantastic.

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    • Michaelle
    • 08/08/2020

    Great

    My mother and I both enjoyed the book. I can’t wait for book 2. Thank you!

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    • Lucretia T.
    • 27/10/2020

    Beautifully written and Amazingly told!

    amazing and original characters and powers. and the main characters arc wasn't corny like some in this genre can be.

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    • Daniel C.
    • 02/09/2020

    I’ve been waiting for a book like this!

    I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed listening to this book. The story is fast paced and every chapter Is exciting. I usually do not enjoy audiobooks with multiple narrators but it really worked here. Karina was the perfect heroine, strong headed and willful but not to the point of stupidity. I wanted to shake Malik a couple of times but that’s a testament to how well written and engaging the characters were. I CAN’T WAIT for Book 2.

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    • TaSonia Hendrix
    • 29/03/2021

    Missing stories

    I was hoping that Malik’s big sister would have had her own chapters there was so much to learn about her.

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    • Desiree
    • 26/03/2021

    amazing

    I love the struggle between the two characters and their growth as people and story