Author: Somaiya Daud
Genre: Fantasy, Space, Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Amani is a commoner and when her coming-of-age ceremony is rudely interrupted by the empire’s forces, her whole life gets turned upside down. She discovers that she is an exact twin of the princess and must become her body double. This entails learning not only an entirely different culture, but a whole new persona as well. This was a grand novel but know that it is the first in a series.
I know that one of biggest pet peeves for book lovers in Insta-love. And unfortunately, we have another case of that here. After only a few encounters, they begin to fall for each other. I did not mind it as much because I really did enjoy their relationship blossoming but I know it will bug others.
The politics were very confusing at first. Although, after a while, I simply thought of there being two different main types of people and that the Vathek were conquerors of them all. I also loved the map. I just wish it depicted more of what was described in the book thus making these peoples more easier to pinpoint.
The book does not have a true ending. I felt there was no way to truly end this book with how deep Amani was in all of this. I really hope there is a sequel some day soon because I am quite invested in this novel at this point.
I loved Massinia and the religion aspect. She was deemed a sort of god for the people and I love that we weren’t bogged down with a bunch of gods., I twas just this one and I love how much of an influence she had on Amani’s actions. It was a very unique novel.
I really enjoyed the story and the character development in this novel. Of course, everything gets thrown off balance in the end so now I have to read the sequel and wait abatedly for its release.
I really enjoyed this novel. I loved the banter between the princess and Amani as well as their character development. I do recommend giving this novel a read as it was very quick and entertaining.
This novel is very similar to The Diabolic. So much so I had to message Owlcrate to make sure it wasn’t. I would also recommend An Ember in the Ashes.
“Massinia was the prophetess of our religion and though we all loved her, I loved her above all other things in our faith. Just as we had songs in her name, so too had an entire tradition of poetry sprung up venerating her life and accomplishments. I loved such poetry above all else, and hungered for it despite the risk of being caught with it.”