Genre (s): fantasy, young adult
Publication: June 2nd, 2020
Length: 480 pages (hb)
The first in an fantasy duology inspired by West African folklore in which a grieving crown princess and a desperate refugee find themselves on a collision course to murder each other despite their growing attraction.
For Malik, the Solstasia festival is a chance to escape his war-stricken home and start a new life with his sisters in the prosperous desert city of Ziran. But when a vengeful spirit abducts Malik’s younger sister, Nadia, as payment into the city, Malik strikes a fatal deal—kill Karina, Crown Princess of Ziran, for Nadia’s freedom.
But Karina has deadly aspirations of her own. Her mother, the Sultana, has been assassinated; her court threatens mutiny; and Solstasia looms like a knife over her neck. Grief-stricken, Karina decides to resurrect her mother through ancient magic . . . requiring the beating heart of a king. And she knows just how to obtain one: by offering her hand in marriage to the victor of the Solstasia competition.
When Malik rigs his way into the contest, they are set on a course to destroy each other. But as attraction flares between them and ancient evils stir, will they be able to see their tasks to the death? (Goodreads)
I’ve seen this book floating around the blookish blog, book tube, social media sphere for a few months now and every time I see it I feel more and more drawn to it. I love me a good YA fantasy and this one feels like it won’t be another cookie cutter that we’ve all read a hundred times. Not to mention, that cover is gorgeous. I can’t wait to pick this one up and find out what that ancient evil hinted at in the description is!
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