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  • ISBN: 9780062891495
  • ISBN: 0062891499
  • Physical Description: 466 pages : map ; 22 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2020]

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For Malik, the Solstasia festival is a chance to escape his war-stricken home and start a new life with his sisters in the prosperous desert city of Ziran. But when a vengeful spirit abducts his younger sister, Nadia, as payment to enter the city, Malik strikes a fatal deal--kill Karina, Crown Princess of Ziran, for Nadia's freedom. But Karina has deadly aspirations of her own. Her mother, the Sultana, has been assassinated; her court threatens mutiny; and Solstasia looms like a knife over her neck. Grief-stricken, Karina decides to resurrect her mother through ancient magic...requiring the beating heart of a king. And she knows just how to obtain one: by offering her hand in marriage to the victor of the Solstasia competition. When Malik rigs his way into the contest, they are set on a heart-pounding course to destroy each other. But as attraction flares between them and ancient evils stir, will they be able to see their tasks to the death?
Target Audience Note:
Ages 13+

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 April #2
    *Starred Review* Brown delivers an explosive, stunning fantasy debut with her story of Malik, a refugee fleeing the horrors of war along with his sisters. The siblings are seeking a new, peaceful life; however, entry into the city of Ziran comes with a heinous price. Malik's sister is claimed by a demon as payment, and to get her back, Malik must strike a bargain that demands he kill the princess of Ziran. The princess in question is Karina, whose mother, the Sultana, has been recently murdered. Grieving, Karina seeks to resurrect her mother, but the magic requires the beating heart of a king as sacrifice—only Ziran has no king. Karina hatches a plot to marry so she can obtain the heart she needs from her future husband. When Malik enters the competition she arranges for potential suitors, the two are set on a collision course. Familial relationships, duty, and love are among the themes this novel richly explores, and its heroic main characters still feel unique, authentic, and flawed. Brown's world building is diverse and brimming with political intrigue, magic, and a burgeoning romance in the best of ways. Notably, Brown uses a lush fantasy backdrop to poignantly discuss real-world issues involving war-torn countries, refugees, and the struggle, hard decisions, and sacrifices people are forced to make for peace and safety. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Magic > Fiction.
Festivals > Competitions > Fiction.
Courts and courtiers > Fiction.
Kings and rulers > Fiction.
Imaginary places > Fiction.
Magic > Juvenile fiction.
Kings and rulers > Juvenile fiction.
Competition > Juvenile fiction.
Brothers and sisters > Fiction.
Kings, queens, rulers, etc. > Fiction.
Princesses > Fiction.
Festivals > Fiction.
Contests > Fiction.
Magic > Fiction.
Kings and rulers.
Genre: Young adult fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Juvenile works.
Young adult works.
Fantasy fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Action and adventure fiction.
Romance fiction.

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