This Woven Kingdom

Tahereh Mafi

This Woven Kingdom
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This Woven Kingdom

Tahereh Mafi

Clashing empires, forbidden romance, and a long-forgotten queen destined to save her people-New York Times bestselling author Tahereh Mafi’s first novel in this epic, romantic fantasy series 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.   

‘Gut-wrenchingly beautiful.’ - Kirkus Reviews    

In a tale as exquisitely crafted as one of Alizeh’s own garments, Mafi weaves a spell of destiny and danger, forbidden love and courtly intrigue, magic and revolution. -Cassandra Clare, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Last Hours   

‘This story is so magical and transportive that I fully expected the book would know the moment I’d finished - within hours, no less - and promptly unravel into a pile of jewels and silks in my hands. Mafi’s diamond-bright lyrical voice weaves a tale that is gilded in magic, laced with subterfuge, adorned with the brocade of a tortuous romance, and richly embroidered with Persian mythology. I cannot wait for more.’ - Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Gilded Wolves

Review

Tahereh Mafi has written an enchanting new book for readers to escape into with her latest YA fantasy, This Woven Kingdom. With elegant, alluring prose reminiscent of old fairytales and legends, Mafi draws on Persian mythology to create a world brimming with monsters and magic, courtly intrigue and forbidden romance.

Alizeh, a servant girl with royal blood of the ancient Jinn in her veins, and Kamran, the prince of Ardunia, must work together to combat the enmity between the Jinn and the humans, and to heal the prejudice and wrongful hatred between their two races. Against their growing alliance lies the backdrop of an impending war, and a neighbouring kingdom that threatens to tear them all down.

In Alizeh and Kamran, Mafi conjures two characters who feel so unique despite the roles they play. Although she’s been mistreated her whole life, and is destined to rebuild the fallen Jinn empire, Alizeh treats those around her with incredible kindness and a quiet strength. Kamran, whose gilded lens of the world from his privileged upbringing begins to crumble upon meeting Alizeh, grows into a man of compassion and integrity, with a genuine desire to change for the good of his people. But there are spies as numerous as the desert sands and traitors as unforgiving as the hot sun.

Beneath the glittering mirage of shifting allegiances, Alizeh and Kamran will discover whether our destinies are chosen for us, or if we have the power to change our fate and forge our own paths – for better or for worse.

For ages 13+.

Aurelia Orr is from Readings Kids

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