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Action, adventure, romance & Alizeh being a strong lead!
Commenté aux États-Unis 🇺🇸 le 25 mars 2022
This was my first time reading a book by the amazing Tarehi Mafi, her style of writing was unique, interesting, and has me wanting to read more about the wonderful world she created in, “This Woven Kingdom”.
Before reading this book, I had heard bits and pieces that went along the lines of “Romeo and Juliet” vibes, royals, adventure, and perhaps dagger to the throat moment. I was fascinated with Alizeh and Kamran, both characters were unlike characters I had read before. Alizeh was a strong character, she possessed such admirable determination that despite dealing with a lot, she was able to persevere through it all. Especially considering the strength and power that Alizeh had within her, she could have easily resorted to it, but instead she was careful and mindful of her circumstances. Alizeh was capable and intelligent, and often times relied on her own skills in order to survive in the world of Ardunia.
While Alizeh was trying to survive and had her own obstacles to overcome, there was also Kamran. Kamran was the definition of, serious, grumpy(to me at least), reserved, strong, and intelligent. For the longest time, Kamran was always focused on being a solider, being a leader among the armies that he led, so for him coming back home to Ardunia was an adjustment for him. Kamran wasn’t someone who could easily brush off things, he always listened to his instincts, and they were never wrong until… he crossed paths with Alizeh. If you think about it, if Kamran hadn’t been around the time that Alizeh managed to protect herself from being attacked, he would have never known about her, but that single moment changed both Alizeh and Kamran’s lives forever.
I found it really intriguing to read how Kamran was so curious and fascinated by Alizeh like, the grumpy guy who usually threatened to horsewhip his minister a.k.a. his friend, Hazan was suddenly soft spoken, gentle, and mindful of his behavior around Alizeh. You could tell that Kamran was conflicted about his feelings regarding Alizeh because while he was awed by her beauty and skills, he also had to consider the prophecy his grandfather spoke of. Likewise, Alizeh was not sure about Kamran, the mere sight of him triggered memories of what the Devil showed her (the vision of Kamran). Alizeh was careful around Kamran due to her fear of getting caught, arrested by the magistrates, but she also couldn’t help feeling some type of way around him.
I will say, I found the beginning to be a little slow, but only because there was certain information that needed to be explained which, would later prove vitals to the plot. I feel like once I read that there would be a ball, I got really excited and was looking forward to that part of the book. Let’s just say, the scene with the ball was both eye opening and had lots of big reveals I didn’t see coming. Normally, you would think a ball would involve a romantic dance between the main characters and some witty banter, but no, in Alizeh and Kamran’s case, there was murder, deception, plot twist, and big revelations.
Towards the very end, I was surprised and intrigued by what ended up happening. The way the book ended was very much a cliffhanger, and a part of me was like, “Noooooo I NEED TO KNOW MORE!” But it’s ok… for now… I guess. I enjoyed the ending and with all the drama that occurred, I was loving it. Although now I’m curious to see what will happen to Alizeh in terms of her fate, and with that truth bomb Cyrus dropped on her at the very ending, Alizeh wasn’t the only one who was shocked.
Overall, I enjoyed the story, the world building was fascinating. Alizeh was such a unique character that kept me intrigued and I admired her resilience and determination, as well as her strength. I kinda liked Kamran’s serious attitude, but also how he was utterly captivated by Alizeh, came off kind of insta-love but I thought it was sweet that way Kamran was so affected by Alizeh’s presence *me swooning. If you love fantasy, unique world building, action, adventure, and romance, this is a great book to read.
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