This Woven Kingdom by Tahereh Mafi

Book Synopsis

Book Details

Pages: 512

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Publisher: Harper Collins

Format: Hardback

Clashing empires, forbidden romance, and a long-forgotten queen destined to save her people—bestselling author Tahereh Mafi’s first in an epic, romantic trilogy 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.

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* Non-Spoiler Review*

I received this book through my illumicrate book box subscription, Mafi was a new author to me, so this was a blind impression of their writing style and world building – which I have to say was a great discovery. I had come across the shatter me series and I confess the cover put off ever trying out Mafi’s work (shameful I know!)

The world building in this story was amazing, I really felt immersed in this Persian influenced world. It was easy to imagine what it was like for Alizeh as a servant and how over the top the castle was where Kamaran lived. This is a slower burner on the romance front which I wasn’t mad about, I found myself being really engaged with the people that both the MCs interacted with.

While the ages did bother me a little (if you know me by now I do struggle with YA age bracket). I believe they are both 18? Alizeh had a very likeable personality, she is persistent, compassionate and also can read a room quite well. What I like best about Alizeh is that Mafi left room for her to grow as a character. Kamran is an out of touch prince who is drawn to Alizeh thinking she is a spy from another Kingdom, I love his development through the book and Mafi found a way to infuse growth without making it feel rushed.

The magical elements are very subtle in this book, which helps bring forward the characters and plot easily. I feel that there will be more magic involved in the next book (well hopefully, as I am really intrigued!)

Overall this is a strong start to an amazing trilogy, I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!

Spice Rating: 1/6 – See my rating system here

Book Rating: 4/5

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