Shannon Chakraborty, the bestselling author of The City of Brass, launches a new trilogy of magic and mayhem with this tale of pirates and sorcerers, forbidden artefacts and ancient mysteries, and one woman’s quest to seize a final chance at glory…
Amina al-Sirafi has survived backstabbing rogues, vengeful merchant princes, several husbands, and one actual demon to retire peacefully with her family to a life of piety, motherhood, and absolutely nothing that hints of the supernatural.
But when she’s offered a job no bandit could refuse, she jumps at the chance for one final adventure with her old crew that will make her a legend and offers a fortune that will secure her and her family’s future forever.
Yet the deeper Amina dives the higher the stakes. For there’s always risk in wanting to become a legend, to seize one last chance at glory, to savour just a bit more power…and the price might be your very soul.
Title : The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi
Author : Shannon Chakraborty
Series : Amina Al-Sirafi #1
Format : eARC
Page Count : 492
Genre : YA Fantasy
Publisher : Harper Voyager
Release Date : March 2, 2023
Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★
Micky’s 3.5 star review
Historical female pirating muslim
Sexually liberated MC
Second half win
The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi was a second half winner for me after slowing pacing in the first half. Amina was a mature woman, done with pirating and more about raising her daughter until events twisted her arm back into the world. I found the life on land a little slow and lacking excitement but put us to sea with that cast of characters and I was much more interested.
Amina as a character was rich. I found her sarcastic, witty, full of clever banter and able to convince many into her quests and scrapes. She was sexually open-minded, feminist and strong; it would be difficult not to like her character. The characters on her ship were interesting and a mixture of loyalty and skepticism. There were plenty of fantastical creatures and mysticism to keep that later plot turning.
When the husband (she’d had a few before) turned up again, count me interested to the power of 100. The dynamic between these two was funny, full of tension and mystery. A good nod to Chakraborty for the authentic inclusion of the questioning trans character, they weren’t wholly defined but finding their way with the acceptance and protection of Amina.
The early pacing of the book is what brings my rating down but I’m looking forward to the world in the second installment where there’s less world building and hopefully more pirating!
Thank you to Harper Voyager for the eARC.