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Court of Lions

(Mirage #2)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  64 reviews
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
ebook, 336 pages
Expected publication: August 6th 2020 by Hodder (first published August 4th 2020)
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Phoebe Pratt No, the date got backed up until August 4th. So sad. :(

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Elise (TheBookishActress)
oh my god i am SO excited to have an arc of this

| releases: 5 May 2019 |
god, I can't wait for this. 💜 after book one, I NEED this sequel.
Benjamin (The Maniac)
Dec 03, 2018 marked it as to-read
This cover is... disappointing.

Ways you can make my life less miserable:

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

michelle (magical reads)
rep: ownvoices Moroccan-inspired world and characters; lesbian main character and love interest

this was goodddd but it kinda dragged in the middle

(also! Maram is a lesbian and has a love interest and their romance is so soft)

Salma19 (High Lady of the Dawn Court)
To be honest, not a fan of this cover. The original design was so much more eye-catching and aesthetically pleasing. Oh well, let's see what's inside.
Rec-It Rachel
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Damn that was even better than MIRAGE
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
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
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.
Katrin D
Mar 01, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: tbr-may-2020
And yet again a cover change which makes zero sense.

PS. I like the new cover, but that's really beside the point.
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.
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
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
Aug 31, 2018 marked it as to-read
One way to describe this series would be to say that it is both unique and original.
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

I'm not quite sure what to say about this one. Not because I have strong, conflicting feelings, but instead quite the opposite. There isn't much to say about this book. It was fine, a decent sequel; though it did suffer from middle-book syndrome quite a bit. The characters developed and there were moments that I enjoyed their growth. Yet, I couldn't find myself caring that much. It s

A richly crafted world that breathes with depth and vitality, populated by characters that step naturally off the page as fully realised people. All too often fantasy stumbles into pitfalls with good vs evil, un-examined colonialism, cardboard cutouts for characters and poorly handled worldbuilding- but this series not only dodges it all but builds mountains over the top of them. Did that make sense? I feel I'm grasping at very bad metaphor here.

I reall
Mar 28, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: young-adult
Not released until 2020 now?

... you know what, I'm calling this a good thing, because this means that Somiaya Daud isn't rushing and maybe this won't suffer from Middle Book Syndrome.

(Also doth my eyes deceive me but this is going to be a trilogy? YES PLEASE?)
Mar 03, 2020 marked it as to-read-ya  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-cover-ever
What a beautiful cover! Pity there is no continuity in the covers. But anyway, who else hates that these book are released 2 years at a time?!?
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, scifi
This took me forever to read. That is because every single word counted and I wanted to give the beautiful prose the attention it deserved. I could go on and on about how much I loved this book but that would take me way too long! Court of Lions was wonderful, I love how fleshed out even the secondary and more minor characters were, I love how the topics of colonialism and oppression were explored in a reasonable way that took into account all of the complexities that arise from them, I loved MA ...more
The Nerd Daily
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice

This is an excellent story that builds momentum until the very end. I love stories of political intrigue, and this story continues the unique premise that we found in Mirage. Both Amani and Maram experience so much growth in this book that it certainly feels like we’re meeting them anew in this sequel. I loved that this second part to the story added in some drama between our love interests, because it fleshed out a little more
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ooh, I'm so happy I got to read this!

I loved the first book and this is a great follow up. The story is engaging and the pacing is great, I flew through this in one sitting. Probably the best thing about these books is the amount of Moroccan culture embedded in the story. The poems and stories, the religion and ceremonies are all beautiful and helped me feel totally immersed in the book.

In this book we get another point of view besides Amani and I loved seeing things from their perspective. Th
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was wonderful and well worth the wait. I loved how this duology concluded, and I look forward to reading future books from Somaiya Daud.
May 25, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book just wasn't what it could have been. First, here's an overall assessment without spoilers.

The first 34% of the book was entirely unnecessary. I was so sad because I loved book one so much! But, this book seemed to have been thrown together instead of plotted out like Mirage was. The characters just weren't themselves, especially Maram. I adored her in book one in that she was so complex, and I truly pitied her despite her cruelty. But in this book she was someone else, someone I'd nev
Amanda Dani Reads
May 30, 2020 marked it as to-read
i can't even hate the change in cover because IT'S SO GORGEOUS. and to have two beautiful woc on a cover??? i'm so happy i could cry

can't wait to continue the threads of this story and its complex take on colonisation
Medha Upadhyay
May 12, 2020 rated it liked it
"I stared in the mirror, my mind carefully blank. The woman who stared back was neither Amani nor Maram, but a princess who resembled neither. She was aloof and remote, without the great range that characterized Maram or the innocence that had characterized me for a time."
Although I was not a huge fan of Mirage, I was excited to see what Somaiya Daud had in store for Maram and Amani. And she did not disappoint on that front.
I, for one, genuinely enjoyed watching Maram and Amani grow. At the begi
May 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
3.0 Stars! This was decent but I'm not overly excited for it. I enjoyed Mirage but this left me wanting so much more on multiple levels. This needed more action, more romance across the board, something to get the heart racing. There was nothing exhilarating, but if you love books full of political court intrigue and the art of persuasion this book is for you. I will say I was still completely blown away by the colorful richness of the culture, but once again dismissed the whole "In Space" thing ...more
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Forbidden love, found sisterhood, rebellion and uprising. When I found Mirage a year ago I didn't realize it wasn't a standalone. I felt like I was left hanging, but I was so excited that I would get more of these incredible characters.

I will say I am thoroughly disappointed in the cover change. The cover of Mirage is just gorgeous and totally sucked me in. The new cover for Court of Lions is pretty, but I would have much preferred it to be a exclusive inside dust jacket print.

Annoyance at the
Benjamin Parker
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing. It’s everything I wanted for the sequel of Mirage. You get to look and delve deeper into Marams character and I love that. Daud is such an amazing author and I am super excited to see what she does next.
Cassie O. | Lost In Tomes
Only slightly annoyed by the cover style change since this art is beautiful!
Emily Schwartz
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thank You Netgalley for the ARC!

I like this story, but sometimes i forget that they have tech. The author hides it well in the story until something happens and then you have that moment where it takes a minute to remember they have it. I am usually not one for stories like that but this one was good.

The only thing i didn't like about the book was having the ending set up where there was no real lead to a 3rd, which Goodreads indicates there is. I really thought that was the ending and was fine
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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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