Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa over at Wishful Endings and was based on Waiting on Wednesday’s, which is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. She created it to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released, but that’s not always the case. I happen to have pile upon piles of books I am excited to read, so thought this would be a fun meme in which to partake!
I AM SO HERE FOR ALL THE DIVERSITY WE’RE SEEING THIS YEAR AND I AM LOVING IT ALL!!
First of all, that cover is utterly stunning and intriguing. Even if I didn’t read the synopsis, I’d want it purely on #CoverCrush reasons. It’s so colourful and eye-catching! Secondly, I read the following blurb – “Ground breaking and immersive paranormal YA that evokes all the beauty, richness, and diversity of the ancient cultures, faiths, and languages of the Silk Road. There’s an effortless beauty in the kaleidoscopic descriptions of food, fashion, practices, and faiths; Azad’s language is so evocative, you can almost taste and smell the riches of the night bazaar. A fiercely feminist take on Islamic culture, it’s an assured and outside-the-box debut that deals with larger themes — such as tolerance and women’s rights — while functioning as a thrilling action adventure with touches of heart-stirring romance. Prepare to be swept up.” — Rebecca Lim, bestselling author of Mercy and The Astrologer’s Daughter – so the question really becomes, why wouldn’t I want to pick this up? It literally ticks all of my boxes! Fantasy? Tick. Feminist? Tick. Diversity? Tick. And so much more! Obviously, I haven’t read this yet, but I’m dying to get it and am sure will have a raving review for you all very shortly after it releases!
Have you read this yet or is it on your TBR? What do you think of the description?
Fatima lives in the city of Noor, a thriving stop along the Silk Road. There the music of myriad languages fills the air, and people of all faiths weave their lives together. However, the city bears scars of its recent past, when the chaotic tribe of Shayateen djinn slaughtered its entire population — except for Fatima and two other humans. Now ruled by a new maharajah, Noor is protected from the Shayateen by the Ifrit, djinn of order and reason, and by their commander, Zulfikar.
But when one of the most potent of the Ifrit dies, Fatima is changed in ways she cannot fathom, ways that scare even those who love her. Oud in hand, Fatima is drawn into the intrigues of the maharajah and his sister, the affairs of Zulfikar and the djinn, and the dangers of a magical battlefield.
Nafiza Azad weaves an immersive tale of magic and the importance of names; fiercely independent women; and, perhaps most importantly, the work for harmony within a city of a thousand cultures and cadences.