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A girl of the desert and a jinni born long ago by the sea, both enslaved to the Salt King-but with this capricious magic, only one can be set free.

As a daughter of the Salt King, Emel ought to be among the most powerful women in the desert. Instead, she and her sisters have less freedom than even her father's slaves...for the Salt King uses his own daughters to seduce visiting noblemen into becoming powerful allies by marriage.

Escape from her father's court seems impossible, and Emel dreams of a life where she can choose her fate. When members of a secret rebellion attack, Emel stumbles upon an alluring escape route: her father's best-kept secret-a wish-granting jinni, Saalim.

But in the land of the Salt King, wishes are never what they seem. Saalim's magic is volatile. Emel could lose everything with a wish for her freedom as the rebellion intensifies around her. She soon finds herself playing a dangerous game that pits dreams against responsibility and love against the promise of freedom. As she finds herself drawn to the jinni for more than his magic, captivated by both him and the world he shows her outside her desert village, she has to decide if freedom is worth the loss of her family, her home and Saalim, the only man she's ever loved.

©2021 A. S. Thornton (P)2021 A. S. Thornton

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A beautifully woven story

I was immediately captured by the world the Author has created. The development of the characters and the storyline was so thorough that by the end I was sad to see it was finished. I am hoping there is another book to follow!!!

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Such a good story

THIS is such a wonderful take on middle eastern myth and legend. I really enjoyed the authors insights to how the main character thought and felt. It was kind of interesting to learn the rules and parameters that ruled over their world. I would recommend this. I wish there was a sequel to listen to.

The only reason why I knocked off one star for the performance was because I noticed the narrator would occasionally lose her accent while she was speaking for one of the characters, who had used a particular way of pronouncing certain word structures in the same sentence, would change. Other than that it was an enjoyable listen.

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Book club read

This was an excellent and engaging book- well done!
I was truly transported into a mystical world of delightful fantasy and typically avoid these type of reads.

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chapter 7

I was very bored until chapter 7. Then I got very bored again, later interest was raised again. Then I got extremely bored again. Then the end of the book peaked my interest and left off on a cliffhanger. I found this book more annoying than good.