- Page Count: 416
- Release Date: April 26, 2016
- My Rating: 5 stars
In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.
While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.
“The best way to go about flying is to cut the strings tying you down.”
This sequel was everything I wanted and more! Shahrzad is one of my favorite YA heroines and she was just as strong as ever here. But while the first book felt like it centered mostly on her, this one branches out with some incredible character development for Khalid, Irsa, Tariq, Rahim, and even Despina. I just love them all. The scenes with Khalid and Irsa (Shahrzad’s sister) were SO well done… and basically all of Khalid’s interactions with anyone. I mean, I liked him in the last book, but got such a strong sense of his character here.
Also, I like how there was some magic in these books, but the story really didn’t depend on it. The plot revolved around the strong characters and relationships instead. And I love how it managed to create a solid YA romance that is in no way forced, cheesy, unhealthy, annoying, dramatic, possessive, unrealistic, or codependent in any way. Like it actually works and the whole story is beautifully executed with a great ending!
But oh my goodness that last 25% just went crazy. Plot twists galore and then everything wrapped up PERFECTLY. Every loose end was fully addressed and the epilogue was beyond adorable. Aahhhh everything is wonderful and I just want to hug this book.
And pretty sure that flying carpet made everything 100x better.