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Exquisite Captive by Heather Demitrios

Monday, November 10, 2014

Forced to obey her master.
Compelled to help her enemy.
Determined to free herself. 

Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She’d give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.

Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—all for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. With her enemies on the hunt, Earth has become more perilous than ever for Nalia. There’s just one catch: for Raif’s unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle…and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay: but how far is she willing to go for it?

Inspired by Arabian Nights, EXQUISITE CAPTIVE brings to life a deliciously seductive world where a wish can be a curse and shadows are sometimes safer than the light.

Goodreads Summary

Those fantasy lovers out there will find a great home in this first installation in the Dark Caravan Cycle series of books. This genie in a bottle book  is fun and exciting and puts a different twist on the the idea of what they are. There are classes of genies and a hierarchy in a separate world from the earth. It makes for and interesting and captivating reinvention of the idea of what a genie is and what they are capable of.

I loved the idea that there were 5 classes of genies. Earth, fire, wind, water, and one that has all four powers in one. It is a little unoriginal in the aspect that this idea has been explored before, however when applied to genies I still think that it still keeps things fresh and exciting. Aladdin's genie would have just been the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the amazing world that has been created in this book. It is packed with war where genies are in a revolution to try to free themselves from their masters. This is a common theme among genie type stories. However this author really does this idea in a different enough light that it keeps the story fun. Check out this book. Its well worth diving into the 400+ pages.

5 Stars

Reviewed by Chris

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