Friday, March 24, 2023

[ARC Review] The Kingdom Over The Sea by Zohra Nabi

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📕; The Kingdom Over The Sea⠀
✍️; Zohra Nabi⠀
💫; 4.2★⠀
𝐏𝐮𝐛 𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞 : 𝟐𝟎 𝐒𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟑⠀
When Yara’s mother passes away, she leaves behind a letter and a strange set of instructions. Yara must travel from the home she has always known to a place that is not on any map – Zehaira, a world of sorcerers, alchemists and simmering magic. But Zehaira is not the land it used to be. The practice of magic has been outlawed, the Sultan’s alchemists are plotting a sinister scheme – and the answers Yara is searching for seem to be out of reach.⠀
Yara must summon all of her courage to discover the truth about her mother’s past and her own identity . . . and to find her place in this magical new world.⠀
It's packed with magical elements, endearing characters, and surprising twists and turns. I had no idea I'd have so much fun following Yara's adventures; at first, I was sceptical, but it was all worth it by the end. Yara's friendship with others is endearing, and there is a strong family element to it. I liked how her character develops at a leisurely pace.⠀
I couldn't put this book down because of the mystery surrounding Yara's identity; all of my assumptions about her were incorrect. The plot is solid, and the ending teases a sequel, which hopefully will be better than the first. Thanks to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster Children's UK for the eARC! It will be available on September 20th, 2023 ⠀