Court of Lions
After being swept up into the brutal Vathek court, Amani, the ordinary girl forced to serve as the half-Vathek princess's body double, has been forced into complete isolation. The cruel but complex princess, Maram, with whom Amani had cultivated a tenuous friendship, discovered Amani's connect ...more
Court of Lions begins with Amani having recently attempted a failed action with the rebellion, and the rel ...more
CW: physical assault, violence, murder of a child (off- page), grief, trauma, colonization.
After reading Mirage and loving that book with my whole entire heart, I had extremely high expectations for the sequel. I was unsure of where the story was headed but I hoped that wherever that was, wouldn’t be a let down. But now I’m realizing that was a silly fear. The moment I started reading Court of Lions I was overwhelm ...more
Court of Lions: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5
After loving and reading Mirage twice, getting to Court of Lions was something I had looked forward to do for a long while.
I have thoughts on how the climax was done... Certain crucial elements were too rushed for me, but the prose remains as graceful as it was in the first book. I usually love reading long and lush descriptions of clothing and architecture. Somaiya Daud's writing is still as beautiful as ever though. Amani was still a good ch ...more
rep: ownvoices Moroccan-inspired world and characters; lesbian main character and love interest
**I received an ARC from Netgalley. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**
Sacred fire only ever came to the brave and courageous. Hope was given to a person who might reshape the world.
This was the long-awaited sequel to Mirage, which I hadn’t read in a while so I reread in preparation for this book. I liked it even more the second time aroun ...more
There was a lot of strategy and politics, and it wa ...more
I was so excited to be a part of this tour! I read Mirage very recently and I devoured it in about a day and a half because I just couldn’t put it down. I’m here to tell you that it wasn’t any different with Court of Lions. I felt like I couldn’t read fast enough. I wanted to take my time with it but I was also looking forward to what the next page wou ...more
Literally everything about the way Somaiya Daud wrote Maram and Amani was freaking perfect. As I write this review and think of them, it’s a bit of a struggle to not start crying to be honest.
Let’s start with Amani. We already know she’s a brave, determined girl who is unwilling to let go of her dream of freedom for her people, and that she’s capable of incredible loyalty to those people who prove themselves wo ...more
Weakness or treason – they were the same, weren’t they? There was no room for grief. There never had been.
On my blog.
Rep: Moroccan inspired characters and setting, lesbian mc & li
Galley provided by publisher
I have been waiting so long for Court of Lions that I almost can’t believe now that it’s here. But it is here, and it was so definitely worth the wait.
The book picks up pretty much immediately following the end of Mirage. Which was sort of good because I couldn’t remember a whole lot ...more
I read Mirage just a couple of months ago and I was hooked from the first chapter. The introduction to this world, a well-lived and complex world set in space inspired by Moroccan culture, kept me reading. But it was Amani who settled this book as a favorite. From th ...more
For starters, the romances BOTH OF THEM were insta love and awkward. Maram being queer was a cute addition to her character because without it, she’s pretty basic. A stuck up princess whose who entire personality is that they’re mixed. But her romance with Aghraas was weird and random. Sis came out of nowhere, and finessed her way into MARAMS heart 😂. We don’t know where she really comes from, we don’t know about her family or why she ends ...more
It's not about the teller," I said. "But the fortune. Good or ill, true or false, it haunts the listener."
And another super enjoyable 2020 read that brought a smile to my face! I read Mirage in February and really liked it, so I was immensely excited for the sequel and finale to the duology, curious to see where the plot would go and how the characters would evolve. Thankfully, not only did this reach up to what the first book represents, but it was even better, and I found myself ...more
I want to start off with some good things first, because like I pointed out, the beginning was very p ...more
I'm gonna need a spinoff book about them or I will never shut up about it. ...more
Court of Lions picks up from the end of Amani's arc in Mirage, and adds in Maram's POV. We alternate between the two and some flashbacks on Maram's side. While it was a bit confusing at first, the story quickly finds it flow and we see Amani and Maram have much more entangled than they realized and they'll need to rely on each others strengths to get ahead.
A big focus of this book is the friendship between Amani and Maram. How they must gain back t ...more
Based on the ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
I love what Somaiya was trying to achieve with this story, but I had technical issues with the pacing and placement and execution of character moments. I'm glad Maram finally proved herself and her arc in concept is amazing. Amani and Maram's relationship is the heart of this series (view spoiler)[ and they really are cousins in the end (hide spoiler)]. However ...more
I fell back in love with Maram and Amani from the beginning of Court of Lions. This stunning sequel to Mirage has fabulous, heartfelt, and emotional characters paired with a story of rebellion and bravery. There's yearning which could fill an ocean with tears and a sapphic romance that had my heart in both knots and contagious grinning. I loved how Court of Lions was both character d ...more
Because those who are unfit to rule do not worry about the sins committed by their masters. And they make no effort to repair the harm done by them.
Court of Lions is the follow up to Mirage (2018) and is the closing to the saga. It begins only a few weeks after the end of the previous book, and the rift that opened up between Amani and Maram at the end of Mirage is still fresh and terrible. What’s different from the previous book is that this is no longer just a solo ...more
In all seriousness, I am thoroughly in awe of this book. I did give Mirage 5 stars as well, but I read it more than two years ago, and I think I had forgotten just how powerful Somaiy ...more
Sacred fire only ever came to the brave and courageous. Hope was given to a person who might reshape the world... For We have sent unto you a Sign. See it and take heed.4.5 stars
This book was such a pleasant surprise. Surpasses its predecessor and offers a lush, beautifully written and engrossing conclusion to the 'Mirage' duology. It's a pity that 'Court of Lions' isn't getting nearly as much buzz as 'Mirage' did...not sure why though!
Daud's prose is absolutely lovely - I have so many highl...more
I was seriously pleased by the character development in this book. Even characters that is made my mind up about in book one, changed my mind in this book!
Amani and Idris and their “will they-won’t they” had me a bit nervous but their scenes together made my heart swell.
And OMG Aghraas? Her and Maram was something I definitely didn’t see coming and I’m glad it happened..
The plot was amazing, and ke ...more
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