Thursday 24 March 2022

This Woven Kingdom

This Woven Kingdom by Tahereh Mafi (Electric Monkey part of Farshore an imprint of Harper Collins) RRP $17.99 ISBN 9780755500093

Reviewed by Wendy Haynes

This Young Adult 12+ romance fantasy novel inspired by Persian mythology is the first book in this epic series. It’s rich with beautiful language, sensory description, and a sense of urgency for the main character Alizeh. This is a must-read story that will surprise you at every turn, filled with loneliness, hope for the future, disappear, and a cleverly craft story, and of sorts a retelling of Cinderella. It is gripped with tension and anticipation sprinkled throughout the narrative.

The story follows Alizeh as she strives to survive as a simple servant hiding in plain sight. She is the long-lost heir to an ancient Jinn Kingdom, and if discovered by her many enemies her very life could be lost. She hides under the veil of a snoda, a mask that the lowliness of servant’s wear: this serves to aid in protecting her identity until one day she makes a mistake.

A forbidden romance starts to unfold between Alizeh and the crown prince of Ardunia, Kamran who meet only on a few occasions but are drawn to each other with much force. Kamran, usually level-headed and disciplined, seems to lose all his faculties in Alizeh’s presence.

The prince is very aware of where his loyalty must lie and though reluctant to take the throne his will honours his duty, his grandfather, and his people.

A gem from this National Book-award nominated author.

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