Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios
"Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. 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 release Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother. 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."- summary from Amazon
It's been a while since I read a book featuring a jinni so I was excited to read this story and what I've enjoyed all the genie/jinni novels I've read so far is that they're all different. Each author has a completely different take on how they write their genies/jinnis. This is the darkest of all the ones I've read and there's a lot of world-building and backstory going on with Nalia and her world of Arjinna. Demetrios takes a complete 180 and is just as good writing fantasy as she is writing contemporary; it's such an engrossing, compelling read.
Overall, a fantastic start to a new trilogy and I'm eager to see where Demetrios takes Nalia and Raif next!
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