SFF

Gifting Fire

Ace: Berkley. Apr. 2021. 400p. ISBN 9781984805485. pap. $17. FANTASY
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Razia Khanum has found love and acceptance with Prince Arjun, but to protect him she also had to bargain with her father. Now he is calling in the debt: Razia must secure the province of Zindh as its governor. Surrounded by enemy provinces, left with her father’s men who have no loyalty to her, Razia must find footing with a rebel queen who is beloved in the province. But things get worse when she is forced into a marriage with none other than Prince Karim, who raped her as a child, and she is sequestered in a foreign palace with few allies. Razia must draw on her past as both a courtesan and a thief to outmaneuver Karim and save her people. Boyden brings back her fast action and lush worldbuilding with her transgender princess as heroine.
VERDICT The sequel to Stealing Thunder continues to entertain as a beautiful romantic fantasy series inspired by Pakistani culture.

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