Court of Lions by Somaiya Daud – Book Review

Hey guys! I’m so thankful to Flatiron books for sending me an early copy of Court of Lions by Somaiya Daud! As a fan of Mirage I could not wait for this sequel and I am so glad it is finally out. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.


Cover_COURT OF LIONS_COVERTwo identical girls, one a princess, the other a rebel. Who will rule the empire?

After being swept up into the brutal Vathek court, Amani, the ordinary girl forced to serve as the half-Vathek princess’s body double, has been forced into complete isolation. The cruel but complex princess, Maram, with whom Amani had cultivated a tenuous friendship, discovered Amani’s connection to the rebellion and has forced her into silence, and if Amani crosses Maram once more, her identity – and her betrayal – will be revealed to everyone in the court.

Amani is desperate to continue helping the rebellion, to fight for her people’s freedom. But she must make a devastating decision: will she step aside, and watch her people suffer, or continue to aid them, and put herself and her family in mortal danger? And whatever she chooses, can she bear to remain separated, forever, from Maram’s fiancé, Idris?

My Review:

I’m always hesitant when it comes to reviewing sequels because I never want to give anything away, especially in the case of Mirage. Mirage was a book I read and I loved, but I haven’t really thought about much since finishing.

However, coming back into the world of Mirage with Court of Lions was just so much fun. The writing was just as breathtakingly beautiful as Mirage, if not more so, and I was immediately swept back into the world with just a few lines. Daud’s writing has a poetic feel about it that makes reading such a fun experience. We got to experience entirely new parts of Andala as the story expanded far beyond the constraints of the first novel. Not only did the world expand, but the story did as well. I will say I found the pacing much slower this time around, but the emphasis on political intrigue and the forming of alliances was just fascinating.

The main reason why I find it so hard to review sequels is that there is so much I want to talk about, but I’m also so hesitant to reveal too much. I will just say that I loved following Amani, Maram, Idris, and the rest in this installment as much if not more than in the first novel. I also very much appreciated all the representation in Court of Lions as it is something that differentiates itself from most of the YA out there.

In conclusion I give Court of Lions by Somaiya Daud four out of five stars to being a fantastic sequel to one of my most enjoyed books of 2018. I highly recommend everyone go pick up a copy of Mirage immediately so they can experience the enchanting writing and world.


About the Author:

Author Photo_Somaiya Daud

Somaiya Daud is the author of Mirage and holds a PhD from the University of Washington in English literature. A former bookseller in the children’s department at Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C., now she writes and teaches full time.

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