This is the world of Arawiya, five kingdoms each autonomous but ruled from Sultan’s Keep. Once they were full of magic, but no more. The kingdoms are dying as the Arz, the Empty Forest that devours those who dare enter it, spreads over the land and the Sultan is no longer the overseer but rather the overlord, taking over the kingdoms one by one.. Zafira is the Hunter, a girl disguised as a boy in order to help her people; Nasir, the Prince of Death, a crown prince trained as an assassin – and tasked with killing the Hunter. Their common quest – to find the mysterious Jawarat, an artefact that will restore magic and balance. Can they overcome their distrust of each other to save their world?
Here is a richly imagined world that draws its inspiration from the deserts and legends of ancient Arabia – the author’s use of a colourful vocabulary from her own heritage adds strength and depth to the overall atmosphere. The prose is lush – overwhelming, as descriptive phrases, adjectives, adverbs are employed at every moment to heighten emotion and tension. This is romantic fantasy. The style of writing reflects the requirements of the genre – as do the plot, (there are some nice twists offering moments of surprise) and characters; the expectations of its readers will be well satisfied.