EXQUISITE CAPTIVE by Heather Demetrios
Kirkus Star


From the "Dark Caravan Cycle" series, volume 1
Age Range: 15 & up
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Nalia lives in a mansion in the Hollywood Hills, a glittering world of parties and fast cars. She can have anything she wants—except her freedom.

Nalia is “just another jinni on the dark caravan” of the slave trade, forced to spend her days granting wishes on behalf of her human master, Malek, in order to advance his wealth and power. Nalia was trafficked in a bottle from her home realm of Arjinna to Earth after a coup wiped out her entire caste. She is the only surviving Ghan Aisouri, a royal knight and the heir to the Arjinnan throne. Arjinna is now under the martial law of the ruthless Ifrit, the lowest and most despised caste, and all that matters to Nalia is returning home to rescue her 8-year-old brother from the brutal Ifrit work camps—but Nalia can only be free when Malek makes his third and final wish. Enter Raif, sexy leader of the revolution in Arjinna, who makes her an offer; Nalia must decide whether she’ll break her most sacred vow to save the person she loves most, but she’ll pay any price to be her own mistress. The story unfolds at a swift, even pace, and the worldbuilding is superb; the jinn inhabit an intoxicating, richly realized realm of magic, politics, spirituality and history.

Readers will wish they had a jinni to grant them the next book in the series. (Fantasy. 15 & up)

Pub Date: Oct. 7th, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-06-231856-5
Page count: 480pp
Publisher: Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2014


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