Mirage | Sticky Note Reviews

#currentlyreading Mirage by Somaiya Daud.

T and I are sometimes find it challenging to find an audiobook that we’ll both enjoy. I’m not sure which of the two of us found Mirage by Sonaiya Daud, but I’m happy we did.

In a world dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated home.

But 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 she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.

As 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 perfection…because one wrong move could lead to her death.

from Goodreads

#bookaday Mirage by Somaiya Daud. #SNRtbs This is a heck of a debut novel -- a fantasy world built in such a way that I'm just as interested in the politics of the world as I am in the interactions between these beautifully crafted characters. Daud hits s
This is a heck of a debut novel — a fantasy world built in such a way that I’m just as interested in the politics of the world as I am in the interactions between these beautifully crafted characters. Daud hits social notes — conquest, appropriation, and assimilation — in the deftest of ways. The only thing I could have done without was the romance, but that’s just me, and not a real criticism. Let me just say this: if this is what we’re going to get out of the gate, I can’t wait to see what’s to come.


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