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Court of Lions

(Mirage #2)

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Two identical girls, one a princess, the other a rebel. Who will rule the empire?

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
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ebook, 336 pages
Published August 6th 2020 by Hodder (first published August 4th 2020)
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Elle (ellexamines)
Dynamic and complex female characters? Yes. Compelling arc around colonialism? Yes. Focus on a friendship between two women? Yes. The concept of love under colonialism played out with two romances, one in which they’re both girls? Yes. Villain-to-hero arc for secondary female protagonist? Yes. Ending that made me start crying? Yes. Best ya series I’ve read in at least two years? Absolutely.

Court of Lions begins with Amani having recently attempted a failed action with the rebellion, and the rel
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Fadwa (Word Wonders)
I received an earc of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review

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
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Benjamin
Dec 03, 2018 marked it as to-read

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Ways you can make my life less miserable:

1. Give me this book.
2. Go back to way #1.

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Salma19 (High Lady of the Dawn Court)
FINALLY!

Mirage: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
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
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Umairah | Sereadipity
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Court of Lions was a stunning sequel to Mirage that concluded the duology perfectly. I loved how much more Moroccan culture was incorporated into it. More delicious food descriptions (this book made me crave sfenj so badly), clothes, language references, henna, haggling in the souk, small cultural details that made my heart swell with joy and even Moroccan marriage traditions (including the all important wardrobe changes!) which made me wish someone would invite me to a Moroccan wedding (althoug ...more
michelle (magical reads)
read on my blog

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
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Grace A
Aug 12, 2020 rated it liked it
In this book, the tyrant king played a secondary role. The plot was centred around the women, pushing boundaries, forging alliances and battling evil. One of the cruelest person, was also a woman, a servant living vicariously through the princess. Eventually, the princess, instead of letting herself get pushed around, grew a backbone and stood up for herself and for her people. All with the help of Amani, the brave and courageous main character.
There was a lot of strategy and politics, and it wa
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Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
A huge thank you to Caffeine Book Tours for including me in the Court of Lions blog tour and to the publishers for providing a gifted review copy!

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
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Kate
I LOVE MARAM AND AMANI AND WOULD WILLINGLY AND GLADLY LAY MY LIFE DOWN TO DEFEND THEM.

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
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Rebecca
Mar 12, 2020 marked it as to-read
Mid-series cover changes are the bane of my existence. And no, I do not like the new cover style.
Vicky Again
Definitely not a book to be rushed. Subtle and far from the flashy action you'd expect, yet equally piercing. Do not read if you are not willing to give it the time it is worth. Let Court of Lions settle around you, swirl in your mind, sink in to truly experience it. ...more
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
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
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Cande
Following the events of Mirage, Court of Lions follows two identical girls with very different lives. Maram is a princess, the heir to a powerful empire. Amani is a rebel, the daughter of farmers, kidnapped to be Maram’s body double.

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
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SincerelyTahiry
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
This literally hurts my heart. I expected so much 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
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Bethany
Aug 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: black-authors, lgbtq
Concluding the Mirage duology, Court of Lions emphasizes court intrigue, lavish outfits, and lush settings- all inspired by Morroccan history, mythology, and culture. We continue to follow Amani (the common body double of the princess) and Maram (princess and heir to the planet). Thematically this deals with colonization and the complications of a biracial identity. It does a good job of tying up loose ends and we get love stories including one that is f/f, though they are decidedly not steamy w ...more
Maha
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is....everything i wanted in the sequel 🥺🥺🥺 how do i form coherent words and express my love for it
Mary ♥
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 stars

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
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Allie (alliewithbooks)
I went into this book very excited about the prospect of finding out how Maram and Amani fix their friendship, and how Amani's romance with Idris plays out. Both of these questions were definitely answered and the beginning chapters felt promising. Crazy things were happening and there were so many twists and turns just in the first 10% of the book. But then, things swiftly started to look bleak.

I want to start off with some good things first, because like I pointed out, the beginning was very p
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✧ jules ✧
MARAM AND AGHRAAS. THAT'S IT, THAT'S EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW.
I'm gonna need a spinoff book about them or I will never shut up about it.
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Romie
the way I'd give my life for Maram:))) (4.25) ...more
Andy
Phenomenal conclusion to this amazing duology!!

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
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Alice
3-3.5 stars

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). However
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Katrin D
Mar 01, 2020 marked it as to-read
And yet again a cover change which makes zero sense.
I WANT TO KNOW WHY PUBLISHERS DO THIS???
WHY???

PS. I like the new cover, but that's really beside the point.
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Zohla
Mar 12, 2020 marked it as to-read
I mean look it is beautiful but it also looks so childish... Why oh why ??? I am so sick of cover changes between books and this one is *smh* really bad...

Uggghh.. I am tired and frustrated.
USOM
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

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
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Ashley
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
[ARC provided via NetGalley]
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
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Stella ☆Paper Wings☆
Give 👏 this 👏 series 👏 the 👏 respect 👏 it  deserves.👏 I have no complaints. I have no notes. I just find it apalling that this masterpiece of political intrigue and postcolonialist science fiction has only 720 ratings at the time I'm writing this. If this series isn't on your TBR, what are you doing with your life?

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
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Heather M
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
a better way to review this would probably just be to screencap of all the prose and descriptions that i highlighted as i was reading. it was just so rich and punchy with detail, just like the first book, and i seriously enjoyed taking my time with this one. There was a depth of worldbuilding we don't often see in YA, reminding me of what I love best about, like, a Megan Whalen Turner novel? I simply adore court politics and intrigue done well. Daud did such a good job establishing the stakes in ...more
Sabrina
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

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AJ
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
”You have the makings of a great queen, Maram,” I said. “And I did what I could to save that.”

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
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Somaiya Daud was born in a Midwestern city, and spent a large part of her childhood and adolescence moving around. Like most writers, she started when she was young and never really stopped. Her love of all things books propelled her to get a degree in English literature (specializing in the medieval and early modern), and while she worked on her Master’s degree she doubled as a bookseller at Poli ...more

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