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The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi

By Shannon Chakraborty
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Publisher Description

"A thrilling, transportative adventure that is everything promised–Chakraborty's storytelling is fantasy at its best." -- R.F. Kuang, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Babel and The Poppy War

"An exhilarating, propulsive adventure, stitched from the threads of real history, Amina’s adventures are the reason to read fantasy." -- Ava Reid, internationally bestselling author of Juniper & Thorn

Shannon Chakraborty, the bestselling author of The City of Brass, spins a new trilogy of magic and mayhem on the high seas in this tale of pirates and sorcerers, forbidden artifacts and ancient mysteries, in one woman’s determined quest to seize a final chance at glory—and write her own legend.

Amina al-Sirafi should be content. After a storied and scandalous career as one of the Indian Ocean’s most notorious pirates, she’s survived backstabbing rogues, vengeful merchant princes, several husbands, and one actual demon to retire peacefully with her family to a life of piety, motherhood, and absolutely nothing that hints of the supernatural.

But when she’s tracked down by the obscenely wealthy mother of a former crewman, she’s offered a job no bandit could refuse: retrieve her comrade’s kidnapped daughter for a kingly sum. The chance to have one last adventure with her crew, do right by an old friend, and win a fortune that will secure her family’s future forever? It seems like such an obvious choice that it must be God’s will.

Yet the deeper Amina dives, the more it becomes alarmingly clear there’s more to this job, and the girl’s disappearance, than she was led to believe. For there’s always risk in wanting to become a legend, to seize one last chance at glory, to savor just a bit more power…and the price might be your very soul.

361 Reviews

Beaming Face with Smiling Eyes“Definitely one of my faves for this year!”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growDiverse charactersLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenEasy to readFunny writing
Slightly Smiling Face“This has everything I want; pirates, strong female leads, great race & gender representation, etc. But, the plot let it down. The 1st half is slow, with a 'get the band back together' vibe. When the adventure finally kicks in, it gets v. surreal and supernatural, distracting from the magic; the mooing beach cow lost me. But, the characters & dialogue are written well, I loved the narrator twist, and lots of research has gone into it. Overall, I enjoyed it & will read more by Chakraborty.”
Diverse charactersLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingOriginal writingBeautiful settingMagical setting
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“Wow. Just wow. This is the best written book I have read in a while. I was engaged from the start and all the characters were so well written. The story was well paced and had its moments of seriousness and humor. Chakraborty is making it onto the short list of my favorite authors, without a doubt. I can’t wait to read more!”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingAddictiveFast-pacedImmersive setting
Beaming Face with Smiling Eyes“This was a fun and engaging read. The characters are unique and complex, pulling your heartstrings one second and making you laugh the next. The struggles Amina faces, both internally as she's torn between motherhood and her love of adventures at sea, or externally against a multitude of enemies and circumstances, made the story both relatable and thoroughly enjoyable. I see this series only getting better from here.”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingFunny writingSuspensefulUnpredictableBeautiful settingComicalThought-provoking

About Shannon Chakraborty

Shannon Chakraborty is the author of the critically acclaimed and internationally bestselling Daevabad Trilogy. Her work has been translated into over a dozen languages and nominated for the Hugo, Locus, World Fantasy, Crawford, and Astounding awards. You can find her online at sachakraborty.com or on Instagram and Twitter as @SAChakrabooks.

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