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Milia's response to her new husband Mansour and to the Arab World of 1947 is to close her eyes and drift into parallel worlds. Identities shift. Present, past, and future mingle and merge: she finds herself able to converse with the dead and foresee the future. As the novel progresses in glimpses, Milia's dreams become more navigable than the strange and obstinate "reality" in which she finds herself, and the two realms grow ever more entangled. This wondrous tapestry of love, faith, history, poetry, and vision cuts to the very heart of the deep-rooted conflicts of the region and breaks new literary ground.
Abandoned and left on a desolate lawless island by her powerful sea trader father we meet teen Fable as a struggling dredger who survives cut throat life lessons by her wits and hard won mistakes. She boldly gets off the island by way of an enigmatic trading partner who has a mysterious and dangerous past. With the help of a motley crew with trust issues and enemies galore, Fable gains a family willing to take murderous risks, all the while not sure of her own raw emotions. This taut, magnetic and nail-biting adventure tale of swashbucklers on the dangerous seas will leave you breathless and anxiously awaiting the second book in the duology. - reviewed by Maureen