Two identical girls, one a princess, the other a rebel. Who will rule the empire?
After being swept up into the brutal Vathek court, Amani, the ordinary girl forced to serve as the half-Vathek princess’s body double, has been forced into complete isolation. The cruel but complex princess, Maram, with whom Amani had cultivated a tenuous friendship, discovered Amani’s connection to the rebellion and has forced her into silence, and if Amani crosses Maram once more, her identity – and her betrayal – will be revealed to everyone in the court.
Amani is desperate to continue helping the rebellion, to fight for her people’s freedom. But she must make a devastating decision: will she step aside, and watch her people suffer, or continue to aid them, and put herself and her family in mortal danger? And whatever she chooses, can she bear to remain separated, forever, from Maram’s fiancé, Idris?
Court of Lions, Somaiya Daud
August 6th, 2020
I’ve been waiting for this book for years and it did not disappoint.
Court of Lions is a fabulous sequel and so amazingly written. I love Somaiya’s writing style and Mirage became an instant favorite. Court of Lions was the same.
I really loved Maram’s point of view throughout the book. Getting into her head was so much fun, and a nice glimpse into what she does when Amani is out pretending to be her.
I was thrown off by the switch in POV style but soon it didn’t matter. I was thoroughly enthralled and I didn’t want to put Court of Lions down. This was one of the best books I’d read all year.
I have a singular gripe and that is that I felt the ending was a little rushed. Honestly, I just wanted to spend more time with them. With Maram and Amani and everyone. I love them all to bits and I wish there was a third book, or at maybe that Court of Lions was longer, just so I could read it more.
I loved Maram’s relationship with Aghraas. Honestly. WLW in a science fantasy setting is just *heart eyes*. Getting to explore Maram’s feelings about her heritage and her mother was a delight too.
Get Court of Lions. Read Mirage too. Add Somaiya to your Auto Buy list (she’s already on mine). And listen to us geek out with her on the Booked All Night podcast!
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