Clashing empires, forbidden romance, and a long-forgotten queen destined to save her people—Tahereh Mafi’s first in an epic, romantic trilogy inspired by Persian mythology. New York Times bestseller!
To all the world, Alizeh is a disposable servant, not the long-lost heir to an ancient Jinn kingdom forced to hide in plain sight.
The crown prince, Kamran, has heard the prophecies foretelling the death of his king. But he could never have imagined that the servant girl with the strange eyes, the girl he can’t put out of his mind, would one day soon uproot his kingdom—and the world.
Perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Tomi Adeyemi, and Sabaa Tahir, this is the explosive first book in a new fantasy trilogy from the New York Times bestselling and National Book Award-nominated author Tahereh Mafi.
“In a tale as exquisitely crafted as one of Alizeh’s own garments, Mafi weaves a spell of destiny and danger, forbidden love and courtly intrigue, magic and revolution.”—Cassandra Clare, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Last Hours
“This Woven Kingdom is an exquisite fantasy. Rich with clever prose, delicious twists, and breathtaking world building. Prepare to be destroyed—this one will wrench at your heart and make it pound, and in the end it will leave you entirely speechless.”—Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Caraval series
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
You’ll weep and cheer through this sweeping romantic fantasy where love and destiny clash. Lowly scullery maid Alizeh is actually the secret queen of the kingdom of Ardunia…and the heir to mysterious powers. Thanks to a prophecy that states she’ll one day take back her rightful throne, Alizeh must stay hidden or the current king’s assassins will dispose of her. But that plan goes awry when Alizeh’s noticed by the crown prince, Kamran. As Alizeh fights to stay alive, Kamran wrestles with his duty to his royal grandfather and his growing feelings for Alizeh. This star-crossed romance based on an epic Persian poem will pluck at every last one of your heartstrings. Author Tahereh Mafi infuses the story with fascinating world-building, placing us in the center of a kingdom on the verge of war. This Woven Kingdom is a romantic and exciting read.
In the Kingdom of Ardunia, the long-ago fall of fireborn Jinn Iblees, the devil, left the Jinn a hated race. Though accords eventually put an end to eons of bloodshed between Jinn and humankind, the Jinn nevertheless continue to face constant persecution, and use of their fiery powers carries the death penalty. Against this backdrop, olive-skinned 18-year-old Alizeh toils as a servant at a duchess's estate following her parent's death. Soon, she encounters Kamran, Ardunia's crown prince, also 18 and olive skinned. Though Alizeh's blood carries the ice that marks her as heir to an ancient kingdom that could destroy his own, he finds that he cannot forget her setting the stage for a violent upheaval of not just his life, but of the land itself. In a heart-wrenching novel based in Islamic texts and Persian poem the Shahnameh, Mafi (An Emotion of Great Delight) complements rich worldbuilding with lushly descriptive, sensorial prose that inspires the novel's mythological backdrop, against which plays out an emotional plot, and a tortured romance, layered with court intrigue. Ages 14 up. Agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House.
Probably my favorite book of the year. Dying for the next one!
I rarely leave reviews-but this was a work of art! The build of the story, the characters, the adventure! Best book I’ve read in a long time.
This book got me messed up
What did I just read