In a world of humans and jinni (also known as genies) a war between the two races is raging.
In a world of humans and jinni (also known as genies) a war between the two races is raging. So when soon-to-be-wed Zayele captures jinni Najwa and wishes on her, their lives are turned upside down. Zayele is consumed in a whirlwind of fire and ash while Najwa is left behind. Zayele’s wish: “I wish for you take my place and send me home.” But instead of returning to her small village, Zayele is transported to the underground cavern that the jinni inhabit. In a world of hostility and mistrust the two girls must masquerade as each other, and during that time they begin to realize that the rift between their races may not be as wide as it seems.
I really enjoyed this book. Its plot and storyline were engaging and often surprising. The barrier between the narrators’ voices was crisp and well-defined. Many things you learned along with the protagonists, immersing you ever deeper into the book. I would have liked if more things had been explained in greater detail and if the two girls had encountered more bumps along their journey that truly tested their characters.
Although the Author’s way of writing did make the story more engaging, it was slightly disconcerting when you were thrust directly into the middle of a story that has been simmering on its own for years. But the tale underneath was worth the work, and the wait. I would recommend this book to kids ages twelve to thirteen. Thanks for the entertaining read Amber Lough, I look forward to a sequel!