Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios

Nalia is a Jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she's now hiding on the Dark Caravan, the lucrative Jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where Jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human master's every command. Nalia would give anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her cruel human captor and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle. Raif is the leader of Arjinna's revolution and Nalia's sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from Malek so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother, all for a price. Nalia isn't sure she can trust him, but Raif is her only chance at escape. With dangerous enemies on the hunt for the last surviving Jinn of royal blood, Earth has become more perilous than ever. Battling a dark past and harbouring terrible secrets, Nalia soon realises that her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay. 

The world building of this book is beautifully seductive and powerful in it's wonder. Even though we don't get to see much of the Jinn's homeland Arjinna, it still feels like I have lived there thanks to varoius flashbacks from Nalia's horrifying past and the way in which the characters communicate and interact on Earth. Arjinna is a land of caste, power, revolutions and magic, and because of the several different POV's throughout the novel, you get to see and understand how each caste of Jinn survived their world while is was pillaged of hope for some, and filled with glory for others. I immensely enjoyed this book because the characters were all so uniquely different in every aspect-race, gender, equality and freedom, they made me loathe and love in different spades and needless to say, I was disappointed when the book finished.  This is a heart-wrenching story of love, freedom, destiny and the hope and journey to redemption. 

Rating: 4/5 Titans

"Freedom is power."

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