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Two sisters. A war. And the wish to end regret. . . . The magical, evocative follow-up to The Fire Wish.The war: The lies that started the conflict are in the open now, but the war between the humans and the jinn is as bitter as ever—and becoming far more treacherous.The sisters: Najwa and Zayele have just learned they’re half-jinni, half-human twins. Najwa is now the jinnTwo sisters. A war. And the wish to end regret. . . . The magical, evocative follow-up to The Fire Wish.The war: The lies that started the conflict are in the open now, but the war between the humans and the jinn is as bitter as ever—and becoming far more treacherous.The sisters: Najwa and Zayele have just learned they’re half-jinni, half-human twins. Najwa is now the jinni representative at the human palace, working to bring peace. But her new role comes at a price—she’s no longer allowed alone with her cherished Prince Kamal. And as Zayele adjusts to life among the jinn, she discovers that she’s a magus, one of the most powerful jinn in the Cavern. Suddenly, she’s thrown into special training, and the strongest young men in the army are competing to be paired up with her.The wish: Once again, Zayele makes a wish. A wish that she doesn’t think can possibly go wrong. A wish that neither sister could imagine would change the outcome of the war.Praise for Jinni Wars I: The Fire Wish:“War, magic, and romance kept me reading nonstop!” —Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author of the Beka Cooper trilogy“A fantastically compelling and romantic read from a shining new voice in YA.” —Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of Daughter of Smoke and Bone...

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The Blind Wish Reviews

  • Alyssa
    2019-05-01 14:19

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***The Blind Wish by Amber LoughBook Two of the Jinni Wars seriesPublisher: Random House Books for Young ReadersPublication Date: July 14, 2015Rating: 3 starsSource: ARC sent by the publisherSummary (from Goodreads):Two sisters. A war. And the wish to end regret. . . . The magical, evocative follow-up to The Fire Wish.The war: The lies that started the conflict are in the open now, but the war between the humans and the jinn is as bitter as ever—and becoming far more treacherous.The sisters: Najwa and Zayele have just learned they’re half-jinni, half-human twins. Najwa is now the jinni representative at the human palace, working to bring peace. But her new role comes at a price—she’s no longer allowed alone with her cherished Prince Kamal. And as Zayele adjusts to life among the jinn, she discovers that she’s a magus, one of the most powerful jinn in the Cavern. Suddenly, she’s thrown into special training, and the strongest young men in the army are competing to be paired up with her.The wish: Once again, Zayele makes a wish. A wish that she doesn’t think can possibly go wrong. A wish that neither sister could imagine would change the outcome of the war.What I Liked:Ah! I just realized that this book is a July 14th release, not July 28th. When did that change?! I'm kind of meticulous when it comes to my review schedule, so this review is totally out of place (it's with the July 28th reviews, not the July 14th reviews, ugh)! Anyway, I guess in the long run, that's a good thing. This book is heading your way even faster!In this novel, Zayele attempts to wish her half-brother Yashar into good health - she wants to cure his blindness, which was brought on in the desert (so it was kind of her fault, which is why she is desperate to heal him). But Zayele is no healer, and the wish goes poorly. Yashar is brought to the Cavern, and Zayele is now training like she should have been - as a magus. Meanwhile, Najwa is forced to avoid Prince Kamal, as he has accepted the position of vizier. With the war looming, Najwa must discover who is the third player in the war, the third side that is sabotaging the jinn efforts for peace. Neither sister can prepare for - or stop - the impending force of war that crashes upon the jinn - and the humans.While I'm giving this book three stars, I actually really enjoyed the book. The story was great, if not a little slow. Lough digs deep into the story, and pushes along the series. Now that everyone knows about Najwa and Zayele, the sisters can each do their part and helping the jinn find peace with the humans - and stopping the war. Each sister has a distinct role to play.I usually don't like books split in two, with dual perspective, especially when it's not a guy/girl romantic pairing (or some sort of romantic pairing). In this case, it's third-person sister/sister dual perspective, which I didn't mind in The Fire Wish. But I didn't really like the dual perspective in this book, and you'll see why in the next section. It wasn't bad, but I didn't like Zayele in this book.I really like Najwa. She is depressed throughout this book, missing Faisal (her mentor), her mother that she never knew, and of course, Kamal. It's like everything has been taken away from her, and she has no one - not even her new sister, who forgets about her for most of the book (one of the reasons why I didn't like Zayele in this book). Najwa has lost so much, and is still fighting for her people. She is a million times stronger than her sister, through physically/magically, one wouldn't think so.There is romance, though the romance between Atish and Zayele is more prominent than the one between Kamal and Najwa. Kamal and Najwa's romance is bittersweet, and it's constantly there, but neither of them can act on their feelings while Kamal is vizier, so physically, their romance is stoppered. Atish and Zayele are training to be a Dyad (kind of like parabatai in The Mortal Instruments). A Dyad is a member of the Shaitan (warrior - Atish) and a magus (powerful jinn in terms of magic - Zayele).The plot is a bit slow, but things take off like a rocket in the last one hundred pages or so. The climax creeps up quickly and the story is over before you know it. High stakes, high action, towards the end! Make it to the end and you'll see that it's worth reading this one, despite the slow pacing of the first half of the book.What I Did Not Like:Zayele. I did NOT like her in this book, for so many reasons. One, she's selfish. She selfishly assumed that she could "fix" her blind half-brother, that he would want to be "fixed". She couldn't "fix" him AND he didn't want her to try. She tried anyway - selfish! And failed miserably.And then she had the nerve to get angry with everyone else when Yashar is brought to the Cavern to be treated (she made his blindness worse). She acts like it's everyone else's fault but her own. Zayele does not ever take responsibility to her actions.And then there's the fact that she's practically rewarded for being a stupid and powerful magus. Yes, she needs training, but she is so impulsive and ruins things time and time again. She deserves to till soil or something! She is SUCH a spoiled, conceited person! She's also very entitled. Being the more powerful of the two sisters, she just assumes that she's powerful enough to do this or that, or that she can do this or that without needing permission. She is only concerned about using her jinn magic and indirectly showing off.Poor Najwa! She has little magic, yet being a jinn is all she's ever known. And then her sister takes over her life, and is now a much more powerful jinn than Najwa could ever be. So heartbreaking for Najwa. Throw in the fact that Zayele is the WORST SISTER EVER, never remembering her sister throughout the book. Najwa is suffering from jinn depression and all Zayele thinks about is her powers and her upcoming Dyad bonding and basically everything that doesn't have to do with Najwa, or even the war. Najwa serves the jinn over and over, but Zayele is in this for the fun and romance. Her Dyad is going to be the boy she is falling for. Good for her.It's obvious that I liked Najwa a lot more than Zayele. I just didn't like Zayele in this book. I struggled with her in The Fire Wish too. She's just a terrible person, forcing wishes on people that don't want them. Stop being selfish!So, yes, this book loses two stars (it might have gotten five - at least four!) because of Zayele.Would I Recommend It:Despite my severe dislike of Zayele, I'd still recommend this book. I LOVED The Fire Wish, and I definitely enjoyed this book... minus Zayele. Too bad her perspective covered half the book (alternating chapters with Najwa). Najwa's story was more fleshed out, real, raw, developed. Zayele seemed like a toddler flailing around from start to finish. But hey, you might like her more than I did, who knows!Rating:3.5 stars -> rounded down to 3 stars. I hope there is another book in this series? Though I can see this series ending as it does, because the ending of this book was quite satisfactory.

  • Sara (Freadom Library)
    2019-05-09 12:11

    Actual rating 3.5 starsCheck out my series review here: – 3 out of 5 starsGosh, I’m so disappointed in this sequel. The plot in this book was not as exciting as I expected it to be. It was slow and some parts of it were really boring. It felt like there were two separate plot lines, again both driven by the two different main characters but even that didn’t make it entertaining. I did like that it delved deeper into jinni life, death, grief and the different wishes. My favorite part of this series has always been the world building and it’s still top notch. But the end was really convenient and I didn’t get lost in this book like I did the first.Writing Style – 4 out of 5 starsPretty simple but incredibly descriptive, It’s very short and the sentences are tight so it makes it easy to read quickly. However, it became really redundant after awhile. The reader knows things before the character and things are constantly being explained again and again. There’s a lot of telling and not showing which didn’t bother me in the first book but did in this one because the plot isn’t as exciting. The great thing though is that the world is really creative and imaginative and I loved it.Characters – 3 out of 5 starsThis is the worst part and the source of my biggest disappointment in this book. I hope that the main characters would improve and develop in this second book but that didn’t happen, at all. Najwa is still just as anxious and just as insecure in the beginning of this book. She feels very vulnerable after the events of the first book and is very withdrawn. She’s still obedient and loyal and brave and smart but it just doesn’t really matter to me. It was like meh. I didn’t care for her point of view but it was not as bad as Zayele. You’d think this girl would’ve learned something after the catastrophe she created in the first book but nope. She’s still stubborn and reckless and again she makes a wish without thinking the consequences through and causes so much mayhem and pain to other people. She means well but she’s too impulsive and ends up screwing things up instead of fixing them like she wants. By the halfway point I had no more patience for her and her tantrums so the bit of growth she did have went practically unnoticed. The biggest problem for me is that they remain two seperate entities. The relationship between the two main characters is practically nonexistent and that feels like such a wasted opportunity. Also, the romances are super weak and the insta love continues. And the ending definitely did not do justice to the amazing world and it’s history.Emotionally(view spoiler)[These are definitely the greatest books literature has ever seen but I really loved the first one and it was very disappointing that the second one didn’t live up to par with it.The second book was incredibly disappointing specially after how much I loved the first book but this one offered nothing new to the world that I love.The plot is slow. We follow half-jinni sisters (twins) Najwa and Zayele as they try to end the war between the jinnis and humans. I thought this was going to be full of excitement and action but it really disappointed me. I loved the first book because the world was so vivid and it was exciting to read and this book just brought the entire series down. It was really long and drawn out, some parts were really really boring and felt completely pointless. Since these books are dual point of view, I understand getting to see different parts of the plot from each character but this book just felt like two separate plots that tried to connect but don’t manage to do it well at all. The lack of excitement and energy only managed to make the problems, that I could ignore in the first book, stand out times a million in this book. The writing style was really repetitive and juvenile in a way. Besides the descriptions and imaginative world, it doesn’t give anything new and didn’t help drive the book at all. There is practically no character development from the first to the second book and the ending was really rushed and way too convenient after what’s supposed to be years of struggle and the history within this world. Nawja spends the entire book grieving because of the loss she faces in the first book and while I understood her, there was a point when I just wanted to shake her because there were more important things going on! She follows orders to the letter even the ones she doesn’t agree with and I just got tired of her playing the good, obedient one all the time. Zayele on the other hand keeps screwing shit up but worst of all, now she gets a reward for it! That’s right, she gets a really really awesome thing after you know doing a bunch of petulant, selfish and self-centered things. One thing I was hoping would happen in this book is that the sisters would spend time together and create a connection but nope, that didn’t happen either. They’re still the same strangers they were in the first book and they live together! It was such a wasted opportunity to show some great development and ugh. What did get attention were the romances which were feeble at best. The insta love is still strong in this one and it just got tiring. These kids don’t spend enough time together to care about each other let alone love and now they’re stopping wars and bonding magically together, puh-lease. I was just completely and totally disappointed and I wish I hadn’t read this sequel.Overall, I wish this series could’ve turned into favorites for me but the second book ruined it all. While the first had it’s problem, the world building and mythology were spectacular and I hoped the technical things would improve and develop in the second book. Unfortunately that didn’t happen and I finished this duology with a bad taste in my mouth because the sequel lacked all the charm the first one had and it just made all the problems stand out even more. I’m not sure if I’ll be trying out more books by this author or not. (hide spoiler)]

  • Bruna Bellini
    2019-05-13 16:21

    I loved this sequel! Once again, this story is full of magic, romance, friendship, wishes and evil villains! I liked how not everything had a "happy ending". I mean, like some things will never change, like Zayele and Melchior, would never get along, no matter what; or Yashar would never be accepted into his family, because their stupid believes! Because, unfortunately, that's how things are! But, the characters, all found their way in their lives. Anyway, both sisters, half-jinni /half-human, got more stronger, more mature.We also have some actions and a good resolution, in the end. So, yes! It was a very nice reading!

  • Elevetha
    2019-05-13 14:29

    2.5 stars.Even though each chapter starts with the name of the girl whose POV it is, I would find myself having to go back and read the chapter heading again and again because I couldn't tell them apart. Their internal voice and personalities are virtually the same, and I even kept forgetting which girl belonged to which name. I said I thought Najwa and Kamal were cute in the first book? Not so here - they had zero chemistry and I pretty much wanted Najwa to dump him for that mind reader guy by the end of the book.Atish and Zayele had some sort of chemistry, I guess, but I didn't really care if they actually ended up with one another or not.The best part of the book, in my opinion, and the biggest thing which kept me reading, was Yashmer. I wanted to see more of him and the girls interacting with him. There wasn't as much as I was hoping of them in the book, but I appreciated that he was in there at all and what little we did get. Though you'd have thought we'd have gotten more, considering that the title kinda revolves around him. But whatever. Oh, and Taja and Saam were my faves. :'(The ending is extremely open for a sequel, (view spoiler)[what with the Mongols attacking and the exiled Jinn teaming up with them to attack both the Jinn and the humans in Baghdad,(hide spoiler)]but there is no third book forthcoming, which is a real shame, because apparently it would have centered on Rahela and Shirin and their magical flying carpet, and I would have stuck around this series for that.Even for all its faults and my general lack of investment, I did enjoy this well enough.

  • Kress
    2019-04-24 14:29

    Amber Lough doesn’t disappoint with her incredible sequel to the wonderful The Fire Wish.In The Blind Wish, Lough transports us back to the land and lore she so adeptly brought to life with TFW. Remember, the jinni and humans are at war, we’re in medieval Baghdad, and wishes are both more powerful and dangerous than we’d ever imagined. Lough’s writing is so gorgeous that I often found myself rereading a phrase several times over just to savor the deliciousness of her words. Her poetic descriptions paired with her fantastical imagination make both the human caliphate and the jinn cavern come alive in a way that makes me ache to see it for myself. She demonstrated her original imagination with The Fire Wish, but here, she seizes the freedom of a sequel to weave even more mythology, mystery, and magic into the incredible world she’s built. I adore both Najwa and Zayele, the two girls who narrate the book. I loved spending equal time with both girls. Lough doesn’t shy away from the hard work of creating authentic and flawed characters and I love her all the more for it. These girls are smart and interesting and…have a lot to learn. It’s a treat to have a front-row seat while they grow. Since it still holds true, I thought I’d include a paragraph from my Fire Wish review: This book has war, love, betrayal, espionage, history, magic, and beauty. If you love historical fiction, you'll love it. If you love books about other cultures, you'll love it. If you love fantasy, you'll love it. If you love paranormal romance, you'll love it. If you love spy books, you'll love it. If you love action books, you'll love it. If you love poetry, you'll love it. Yeah. It's that good.Best of all, it’s in your local bookstore RIGHT NOW. So, what are you waiting for?

  • Aleya
    2019-05-10 14:33

    Pretty great follow up! I really enjoyed it!

  • Julie Carpenter
    2019-05-10 16:33

    Between reading the fire wish and waiting for my library to carry the blind wish, I couldn't quite remember all the details of the first book. But I dove in and it all came back to me.(Ok again I had my review all written and when I save it and post all but the first paragraph is deleted. Ugh!!! So here goes again trying to hurry and type my thoughts again, it probably won't be as detailed as I have less time now). I really enjoyed the two sisters in the fire wish but found myself loving the changes and growth brought into their characters in the blind wish. The supporting characters were wonderful too. I enjoyed Abdas and Firuz, even though they are pretty minor characters, they were just great! Zayele has to learn to control her emotions and impatience when making her wishes because her impulsiveness is causing good intended wishes to backfire. Although in the long run her haste is a blessing. Najwa is forced from the palace and her friendship with Prince Kamal but still steps up steady and loyal trying to help heal the wounds of war to the humans and Jinn. She struggles to deal with the lose of loved ones and trying to figure out where she fits in. The two sisters are so different but are a strength to each other. The story alternates every other chapter between each sister's POV. There is not a lot of interacting between the sisters as they are both being trained and asked to accomplish different tasks. I'm excited with how it ended because it leaves the possibility of another book in the series???? Please? I know the blind wish was just released but I will be super happy to read it when it does. The way the story ended setting up the next possible conflict/struggle/bad guy will be fun to read. If you haven't read the fire wish then hurry and do so, finish it and grab the blind wish. Amber Lough weaves magic into her stories and has the readers sucked into the mystical world of Jinni and human. I'm definitely watching for many more great things to come from Amber Lough. Happy Reading!!!

  • Meredith
    2019-04-21 14:27

    This book was just as fun as the first, with lots of friendship and romance and adventure, as well as some really original lore and world building. I liked watching both girls grow into their new roles and figure out their place in the world. The romance here was minimal, but that was okay, because I'd rather watch the girls grow into themselves than swooning over the guys, even if it did leave a lot of their relationship questions unanswered.If I had to complain about anything, it would probably be that it was too short - a lot was packed into under 300 pages, culminating in a massive battle, and I could have done with a bit more - more shaitan training for Zayele, more insight into their grief and confusion. Everything moved really quickly, which was great for the pace, but left me feeling a bit unsatisfied.I really liked this second book, and while I think it could probably stop there, I'm definitely interested to see if there will be a third.

  • Laura Rueckert
    2019-04-22 13:19

    Great non-Western YA Fantasy4.5/5 stars! I really enjoyed the The Blind Wish right from the beginning. As with The Fire Wish, the worldbuilding was breathtaking. I especially loved the Breaking and the Haunted – they really were perfect. The ending could have been a touch stronger, but still, I highly recommend this series!

  • Louise
    2019-05-04 13:08

    I absolutely love this series. I cannot wait for the next. It is so original and beautifully crafted. After so many disappointments I am finally happy picking up another book again. I would recommend it for anyone who is tired if Mary Sue stereotypes and he'll yes I want to read whatever this author conjure up next.

  • Kelly Sierra
    2019-04-26 11:32

    I forgot how much fun I had with the first book. I really liked the way things were moving for both twins, and also for the plot... because it has kind of thickened. There are mysteries that are solved, alliances that are made, and a new enemy that resembles an old one. 3.5 out of 5 stars. Thanks Edelweiss.

  • Viola
    2019-05-09 14:34

    I had a difficult time giving a rating to this book. On one hand, once I read it to the end and once I had actually finished it, I was more than ready to give it four stars. But then I started to think about it...and although I enjoyed the ebook itself immensely, for the first 3/4ths of left me wanting more. It left me wanting some sort of excitement! So I'll give it four stars, but the actual rating may be closer to three. that I think about it, I think three is more fitting. I really did enjoy The Blind Wish, although I'm not quite sure the title fit this portion of the story. Sure, "the blind wish" had a great deal to deal with the outcome of this section of the story...but it wasn't really the focus. And honestly, I don't think there really was any focus to this particular book. It was lacking in more than just excitement. I also think it suffered from a lack of true direction. Sure, I could read what was going on and I could read what was happening with each of the sisters. And don't get me wrong; what was going on with each of them was pretty darned important. I get and understand that. I just don't think the book itself had enough "meat" to it to convey the real story that I feel the author was attempting to get across. There wasn't a real focus. Things just kind of fell together. Maybe that doesn't make any sense, and I'm sorry about that. It's truly unfortunate that I can't write what I'm feeling exactly. I really did enjoy the characters and the little bits of the story. And everything did have a flow to it, but the story itself was missing huge chunks. I feel as though the was this story was written, it just touched on the highlights of the actual story and missed everything in between. (view spoiler)[We kind of jumped right into Zayale being a mangus, which is fine and I understand where the little breadcrumbs were laid in the last book - but I felt like things went to quickly. We didn't get to see her actually develop or think through the tasks she was given. She didn't have a real place in the story. It was kind of just like: "Well do this. And oh look, you made it. Nice job. Now let's go throw you into a fight because the story is nearing its end and something has to happen."(hide spoiler)] I mean, that's basically what happened with her and nothing in between. There wasn't any character development and there wasn't any depth. It was frustrating.This is also true for Najwa. Absolutely no character development whatsoever. And the whole book just had the skeleton of the whole thing. It was missing everything else that makes a story a fully interesting story! And that always worries me when I see a super short book (relatively speaking). The author needed to add more and needed to be more in depth. She needed to create an actual story...not just the outline of one. And maybe the author is setting down little puzzle pieces for the next book with Yashar and Zayale's friend from Zab. Maybe what they've accomplished and their roles WILL develop in time...but I just don't know. The book suffered from a lack of a lot of things, including feeling. Since the whole thing was basically an outline, you lost that character connection you want to feel. The only true emotion I felt was (view spoiler)[ when Taja died. Then I felt slightly like I MAY have wanted to cry...and the last chapter with Najwa made me smile and feel happy for her.(hide spoiler)] And if I remember correctly, it was the same way in the last book. You didn't feel any real emotion or attachment or WANT until the last couple of chapters. And that's where the author tries to draw you in. She tries to make you forget about everything else and just remember the conclusion. And I know good authors can do this. If I can make it through a book, some of the worst authors I have encountered can do this. It's their special gift...and I'll admit that at times it leaves me biased when thinking back on the story. Overall, I really did like the story. I loved what we were given and I loved the calming effect I had while reading it. It was an overview of what could have actually happened, but it was still nice. It would just be better if there was more meat to the story. And more character development. I would say that I could hope for this to happen in the final book (if this is a trilogy...I haven't actually checked), but chances are if the author wrote more, she would just try to shove more story into a smaller timeframe and make things seem even more jumbled than usual. It was worth the read I guess, but it still needs to be fleshed out. And It was nice to attempt to see what's going on in Najwa's world. I just wish I weren't left wanting MORE. And not in a good way. EDIT:I just found out that there aren't any plans for a third book? This makes me wonder if the author was just in a rush to be done with the story and just toss it all out the window...because the ending was definitely rushed, but this seems a little...I don't know what the word is right now, but she left the story open to clearly having a third book. There were clearly controversies and problems that had appeared and now she's not finishing it? Or if she is, she's just going to be talking about the (view spoiler)[ magic carpet? (Which was supremely out of place as it was in the story if nothing is going to happen with it.(hide spoiler)]There were a lot of loose ends in this book...and they need to be tied up. I'm hoping that the author decides to finish the series, but if she doesn't - you can definitely tell her attitude and decision when thinking back on how rushed everything was. And I understand authors lose enthusiasm (I mean, I have multiple times), but that doens't mean I'm happy about it. *Sigh* Oh well I suppose.

  • Lisa Dickson
    2019-05-17 08:17

    A great book about to races forced into war and then United in common enemy great book

  • Michelle
    2019-04-25 16:28

    A fun story, but a little more jumbled than the first. It almost seems that a 3rd is planned

  • Emily
    2019-05-21 08:25

    This book gives us more of a view into the Jinni and their world. They way everything works in their society. We also see more of the Caliphate however I was much more interested in the Jinni culture

  • Angel
    2019-05-08 16:17

    1. Book Overview: this whole book represents that the war between human and Jinn- a magic species. furthermore, these two parts are separated by a couple of sisters. one sister is the head of human, another sister is the head of Jinn. 2. Personal response to book: this book is fit with people who likes magic or who has creatively imagination. i learned something from this novel, for example i learned about the family love. even relatives have some argues, they still forgive each other in the end. i think the characters and plot strike me as legitimate sometimes, but sometimes strike me confused. Because i am kind of reality. 4. respond to a professional review: Two sisters. A war. And the wish to end regret. The sisters: Najwa and Zayele have just learned they’re half-jinni, half-human twins. Najwa chooses life in the human palace, working for peace . . . and hoping for more time alone with the prince. Zayele discovers she’s one of the most powerful jinn of all—a magus. Suddenly, the strongest young men in the army are competing to be paired up with her. The war: The lies that started it all are out in the open now, but the war between the humans and the jinn is as bitter as before—and becoming more treacherous every day. The wish: Once again, Zayele makes a wish. A wish that neither sister could imagine would change the outcome of the war—or their lives. Here is the link below: is my own thoughts: i think the whole book's plot is around these two sisters and a wish. these two sisters are Najwa and Zayele. Najwa stays in the good side while Zayele turns bad when she found that she has the most powerful magic. so she made a wish that neither she or her sister can change the war or their lives. this wish is fatal to both of them. however the war still going on...

  • Fareeha
    2019-05-07 16:20

    Rating: 2.5 Finally finished it. After the Red Queen's trilogy, I'm been unfortunate to select books which I'm finding extremely hard to finish as they're either too slow or too tedious or simply not good enough. This is one of the 4 andI finally managed to get it done. Coming to the book, as a sequel it's much better than part 1 as both girls have improved in the character development department though Nawja and Kamal are still weak and too childish but somewhat make up near the end. The 'grandfather' is plain creepy btw! It's more action oriented and has a wider storyline as compared to part 1 but still it wasn't interesting and I drifted off several times reading it. Overall, it's more suited to a younger teenage audience who'll enjoy the clean reading with a light adventure 'somewhat' set in an 'exotic' environment. I'll give it a 2.5 rating for the effort and final action-y chapters. I won't be reading book 3 (which seems evident from the ending).

  • Shirleon
    2019-04-28 15:30

    This was a fantastic series. I'm hoping that the author writes a third because I'm interested in seeing how the jinn and the humans work together against a common enemy. Off the top of my head I can't say that there was anything wrong with the story. I didn't struggle with putting it down; it took me a while to really get through it, but I didn't hate it. The authors writing style is fluid and engaging. I was each of the characters without getting confused with the back and forth chapters. I don't feel as though many authors can do that successfully. If you're a fan of jinn stories or retellings of A Thousand and One Nights, then you will enjoy this series. I love the world the author created for the jinn. It was vibrant and bright while the human world was more stoic and precise. I do hope we haven't seen the last of them!

  • Patti
    2019-05-05 11:23

    I enjoyed being in this world again. It is so full of smells and shafts of light. Made me almost taste the desert.This book is filled with some beautiful writing. Some of the sentences made me pause with their intensity or insightfulness. Although I found the alternating pov between the sisters a bit of a distraction, I really enjoyed how the story played out and was unable to put the book down the last quarter. I look forward to what Ms. Lough comes up with next.

  • Jo Oehrlein
    2019-05-16 11:15

    Left possibilities open for a sequel, but nicely completed this story arc.I liked the alternating view points of the girls. The romance with the prince is much less in this book, but the sister's romance with the guy who becomes her dyad partner intensifies.Very much a story of how small things through big systems off course and then how others took advantage.The mage powers were cool. Mage training was pretty minimal and quick -- it seemed to short to be real.

  • Amanda
    2019-04-27 12:28

    Najwa and Zayele are adjusting to their new lives but as the war kicks up and everything they know is put on the line. They both have to do what they think is right but than a simple wish changed everything including the outcome of the war.I really didn't care for this one as much. I was disappointed that the hype left me bored and the characters didn't get as much development.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-05-06 09:36

    I'm a bit let down...This book was not nearly as interesting as the first one. Sad day :/It's good! Just not as good as the first novel in the series.

  • Laura
    2019-04-21 10:17

    Great book! Nail biting till the end. Love the characters & flow of the story.

  • Chuck Ledger
    2019-05-10 13:11

    Very well done.

  • Louissha Murel
    2019-05-03 08:32

    I still like Zayele's parts better

  • Michelle Stuart
    2019-04-29 09:23

    It didn't seem fleshed out, as if it weren't done being written.

  • Jen Malone
    2019-04-20 09:38

    I loved diving back into this world- it sucked me in just as much as The Fire Wish! Can't wait for the next!!!!

  • Nancy
    2019-04-28 16:14

    I liked the first book of this series and was so disappointed in this one. I felt like it was written quickly making the story feel disjointed. it was difficult for me to finish.

  • Michelle Ganter
    2019-05-02 12:29

    What a wonderful escape!

  • Leni Kadali
    2019-05-10 13:18

    A neat, well organized follow-up to the previous book. Satisfying generally.