Somaiya Daud: Mirage: A Novel (Mirage Series, 1)

Ho have invaded and subjugated the peaceful world in which Amani and her Andalaan tribe live and Idris the hostage Andalaan prince bridegroom who must marry Maram in order to forge a peace between the invaders and the subjugated As the novel opens Amani is about to undergo a coming of age ceremony Rather than being able to celebrate this embrace of her cultural history Vathek roids invade the venue and Amani is forcibly removed Shortly thereafter she finds herself in training to become the body The Beckoning Lady (Albert Campion double for Maram providing security against assassination at public events And why is Amani so similar in appearance Maram s mother was Andalaan Amani is rigidly trained to take Maram s place and while she initially finds Maram cruel and cold as months pass the girlsraw closer to each other putting Amani in a Will in the World difficult position She grows to care for Maram as she begins to see how isolated and secretly vulnerable Maram is and yet protecting Maram could potentially mean turning against her own people Attending events and going on visits to family that Maram might find arduous means that Amani also spends time with Idris Amani and Idris uite predictably become attracted to one another They share a culture and heritage that is being systematically wiped away by the Vatheks It includes a love of games stories and especially of poetry The story of these three people is set against a backdrop of growing rebellion and political intrigueThere are a number of aspects of the novel that are uite refreshing not least of which is the importance of language and poetry to Amani and Idris story I love this aspect of Arabic flavor to the novel This is the first book in a trilogy and it manages to move beyond the usual there s a princess and a girl that isn t the princess and the prince who is promised to the princess but loves the girl that isn t a princess trope Whichon t get me wrong I m uite content to see this trope adapted to MoroccanArabic traditions Daud manages to give the reader the flavor of what colonialism imperialism and erosion of culture in the name of unity is like Amani is shocked to find that Idris cannot even read what should have been his native language Kushaila He knows stories games but all have been reinterpreted through a Vathekaar filter He is unable even to interpret his June Fourth Elegies daan a tribal tattoo withesigns relating to a person s history family faith and ancestry There is poignancy too in the fact that Maram resembles a member of a tribe and culture that she knows nothing about and has been told is inferior and Baby and Child Vegetarian Recipes dangerous She knows little really of her mother s heritage and her mother s people mourn heristance from her maternal family and culture Amani bridges a cultural gap for both Maram and Idris all while struggling to maintain her integrityThere was much to love in this book and I m looking forward to the next entry in the trilogyI received a paperback ARC in exchange for an honest review. The cruel half Vathek Princess Maram The princess is so hated by her conuered people that she reuires a body The Confabulist double someone to appear in public as Maram ready toie in her placeAs Amani is forced into her new role she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty―and her time with the princess’ fiancé Idris But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear If Amani ever wishes to see her family again she must play the princess to perfectionbecause one wrong move could lead to her ea.

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Especially if you on t read a lot or if you are getting back into reading after a long absence Mirage is an easy book to read which Enticing (PI Men to the Rescue doesn temand too much of you as a reader The premise and world building are amazing and it is easily one of my favourite books that I ve read this yearHowever it s easiness is also why I Spring Comes to Sanctuary (Welcome to Sanctuary, don t give it 5 stars Mirage has the potential to be a very good political intrigue book but our POV character simply knows too much about what is going on for that meaning that you get spoon fed information that it would have been satisfying to have to work out for yourself This makes the story hard to engage with on anyeeper level than casual light reading which is a shame because the premise holds so much potential for this book to be than it ended up being Either way it s still a good book I could want until I was Ask the Past dead and nothing would come to pass Wanting never solved anything Sometimes I look around at my bookshelves and mentally berate myself about the number of titles I have nestled along them that I still have not read yet Mirage was until recently one of those books I had bought it on a whim when it was on a good sale tucked it away on a shelf and there it sat for a year Then something nagged at me to pick it up to give it a chance Who am I to say no to the nagging voice in the back of my headThat nagging voiceid not steer me wrong as Mirage was exactly the book I neededThis title comes in at 320 pages US hardcover e I loved this book It was intriguing to see how cultures Riding Class (Saddle Club, deal with an empire trying to wipe out everything they are It was meant to be based on other planets and half the time I forgot that you could go to another planet which is a bit of a shame Ever since I heard about Mirage I knew I had to read it and that I would love it And it s safe to say itid not Silver Stirrups (Saddle Club, disappoint Ievoured this book in two evenings and I was up late into the night because I had to read just one chapter I am already Different Class dying in anticipation of book twoMirage is aiverse sci fi fantasy story which is inspired by Moroccan culture I found this world so original and fresh and I loved the worldbuilding so much It was so nice to the Moroccan heritage and culture incorporated into the story The worldbuilding is so intricate and Short Stories by Roald Dahl done so well It was so nice to see a world which is original especially in a sci fi setting the cultures of both the Vathek oppressors and Kushaila oppressed and their powerynamics are so intriguing and well writtenThe characters are also so well written and fleshed out They are complex and interesting to read about and have great character Goldilocks the Three Bears development Amani is smart and sassy but she learns to beiplomatic and manage tense political alliances She is brave but also shows vulnerability and admits she is afraid I loved that we are shown that she is afraid but still persists in her goalMaram is initially shown as cold abrasive and arrogant but we soon learn that “A refreshing and uniue coming of age storya beautiful and necessary meditation on finding strength in one’s culture” ― Entertainment Weekly Top Pick of the Month“A YA marvel that will shock breath into your lungs If you loved The Wrath and the Dawn and Children of Blood and Bone Mirage will captivate you” ― The Christian Science Monitor “This ebut fantasy has what it takes to be the next big thing in sci fifantasy” ― SLJ starred review “Immersive captivating” ―ALA Booklist starred

Here is than meets the eye I loved how she evelops and we get a Socialist Realism deeper look at what she is truly like and we see that she has grown up in aifficult situation and she is vulnerable than she allows to be seenIdris is my new book boyfriend I adore him even though we I Look Up To... Michelle Obama don t get to see a lot of him what weo see is a young man who Doctor Extraño despite having to live among those who murdered his family is still kind and compassionate He is veryiplomatic and smart and knows how to play the long He is also fun and charming and shows a ifferent side to him when he learns who Amani isI loved seeing the relationships evelop between Amani and Idris and Amani and Maram They were complex and realistic and I am looking forward to seeing of them and how their relationships Never Tell develop in the next book The side characters who we see for short periods are also well written and are all interesting to read aboutI also loved the Arabic poetry incorporated into the story and that it was not only an important part of Amani s and Idris culture but also important to the story It also gave us a glimpse of how the Kushaila culture was before the Vathek came andestroyed most of it in the warOne of the aspects of the story that I found really interesting was how prejudice against a group of people can lead to the oppression of them But also that by actually learning about the culture and way of life can help to overcome the prejudice This was something I saw as Amani s and Maram s relationship Feminism is for Everybody developed and they started to become friendsThe story itself was well rounded and had a full arc as well as setting up a larger plot to continue in the next book I really liked this as normally we are left on a cliffhanger just as the plot starts toevelop in the first bookI highly recommend reading this book It was wonderfully written and left me wanting It was also so wonderful to see Deterring Democracy diverse cultures and the Moroccan heritage as it s not something we usually see in books I am really looking forward to continuing the story sci fi that reads like fantasy with the blood and bones of a culture i love with women who are strong genuinely strong not male gaze assassin slts you knowthis is beautifully written the characters are genuine and real like i feel like i should text Maram spoilers so she cano stuff and aaaargh i had to stop part way through because i loved it so much and was scared of it endingDe Bodard Harte Daud the Comet in Moominland (The Moomins, divine threeeities of scifianyway i say how much you need to buy and read this but i have a seuel to read so take the hyperbole and understand that it is nothing but factthis book is amazing it will make your life better Somaiya Daud s Mirage a YA novel gives us the story of three vibrant characters in a Moroccan Space Opera that reads a bit like fantasy than sci fi We have Amani a classic heroine who is clever goodhearted and brave Maram an antiheroine princess and heir apparent to a violent invading Vethek people EviewIn a world ominated by the brutal Vathek empire eighteen year old Amani is a Menneskefluene (K2 dreamer Shereams of what life was like before the occupation; she reams of writing poetry like the old world poems she adores; she reams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one Mr Majeika and the School Inspector day she too will have adventure and travel beyond her isolated homeBut when adventure comes for Amani it is not what she expects she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace where sheiscovers that she is nearly identical to.

Somaiya Daud was born in a Midwestern city and spent a large part of her childhood and adolescence moving around Like most writers she started when she was young and never really stopped Her love of all things books propelled her to get a degree in English literature specializing in the medieval and early modern and while she worked on her Masters degree she doubled as a bookseller at Politics and Prose in their childrens department Determined to remain in school for as long as possible she packed her bags in 2014 and moved to the west coast to pursue a doctoral degree in English literature Now shes writing a dissertation on Victorians rocks race and the environment