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The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi: A new…
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The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi: A new fantasy series set a thousand years before The City of Brass (udgave 2023)

af Shannon Chakraborty (Forfatter)

Serier: Amina al-Sirafi (1)

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Amina al-Sirafi should be content. After a storied and scandalous career as one of the Indian Ocean's most notorious pirates, she's survived backstabbing rogues, vengeful merchant princes, several husbands, and one actual demon to retire peacefully with her family to a life of piety, motherhood, and absolutely nothing that hints of the supernatural. But when she's tracked down by the obscenely wealthy mother of a former crewman, she's offered a job no bandit could refuse: retrieve her comrade's kidnapped daughter for a kingly sum. The chance to have one last adventure with her crew, do right by an old friend, and win a fortune that will secure her family's future forever? It seems like such an obvious choice that it must be God's will. Yet the deeper Amina dives, the more it becomes alarmingly clear there's more to this job, and the girl's disappearance, than she was led to believe. For there's always risk in wanting to become a legend, to seize one last chance at glory, to savor just a bit more power ... and the price might be your very soul.… (mere)
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Titel:The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi: A new fantasy series set a thousand years before The City of Brass
Forfattere:Shannon Chakraborty (Forfatter)
Info:Harper Voyager (2023), 496 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek, Skal læses
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Reason read: I read this one for a fantasy read.
The story is of pirates, motherhood, magic, religion, etc
Its a mix of stuff and does have "bases covered" basically skillfully into the story but not fully and the story would have been just as good if not better without trying to dot i's and cross ts. Overall the story is of a young mother, former pirate that is bribed into searching for a grandmother's missing granddaughter. And then the adventure begins. It is engaging and it reads as if this is just one of a series. probably 5 books if I were to guess. Would I read more. No probably not. Not because the stories wasn't engaging but because I don't lean toward series but I the book fits the moment, I might. Rating 3.4 ( )
  Kristelh | Jan 17, 2024 |
What fun! I have a soft spot for middle-aged women going on adventures that society tells them they ought not enjoy because they're better off at home weaving or breeding. The end got annoying when the obvious set-up for the next book dragged things out but that's only a small quibble and it was such a grand tale. ( )
  fionaanne | Jan 14, 2024 |
First off- the audiobook for this is phenomenal. Lameece Issaq really imbues Amina with chatty auntie catching you up on what she's been up to, her joys and her weariness, along with asides to the scribe Jamal (whom she's telling this tale to). This book also came at the right time for me, as a new mother while I think about who I am (and making room for motherhood in my nest of identities while not losing my former sense of self). I really enjoyed seeing an older protagonist- in a sea of teenagers dealing with immortal beings (which in hindsight the Daevabad trilogy kind of does- I still need to read [b:The Empire of Gold|52166786|The Empire of Gold (The Daevabad Trilogy, #3)|S.A. Chakraborty|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1572578104l/52166786._SY75_.jpg|61384460]), it's great to see an older crew. I'm also not familiar with the medieval Indian Ocean and I like seeing rich historical environments for fantasy that I don't know!

I also recognize Dalila is like... every single D&D/Pathfinder character I've made, a vaguely creepy science lady who just... collects things in jars. Oops.

I got to the final 10% and I wondered how things would resolve and then realized oh, this is just part one of a new series- so hooray, more adventures of the Marawati crew! ( )
  Daumari | Dec 28, 2023 |
DNF@30% BUT it's absolutely a me problem. Skill issue.

It's rare I give a book I DNF a score above 3/5 and even rarer I rate a book I read so little of, but this is an exception.

I love everything about this book: older, formerly retired femme pirate getting the band back together for one last job to protect her family and anonymity, seeing a respectfully rendered devout Muslim, especially in her line of work, and an audiobook performance that is narrated and directed exquisitely!

On paper, I love every ingredient in this recipe, but there is just something in the way the story is conveyed, which I struggle to nail down, because I think the prose is wonderful, just doesn't work for me and do enough to hold my attention and distract me from the awfulness of everything in the world and in my brain. The nearest thing I can compare my experience to is my recent re-reading of The Hobbit, which I genuinely disliked a whole lot more than this and would have DNF'd if I wasn't buddy reading it with my partner. There is a element to the story being *told* rather than shown that just doesn't work with my brain.

My brain is not good and I actually think this book is, hence the score and review, despite the DNF.

Your mileage may vary and I hope you're able to enjoy it for me! ( )
  RatGrrrl | Dec 20, 2023 |
Chakraborty is a terrific storyteller, and she invents interesting characters. this book is about a female pirate in the medieval Indian Ocean, and it's a pretty neat historical fantasy, somewhat like the stuff Guy Gavriel Kay might write, with a lot of arabian magic involved anchored by a well-researched real world. i didn't get fully drawn in till i was a third of the way through, so give it time, because once it gets going it never slows down. i hope she's busy writing more of this. ( )
  macha | Dec 19, 2023 |
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I clung to the plank of wood, my only refuge in the storm-tossed sea, and berated myself, saying "Sindbad the Sailor, you never learn! After each of your journeys--the first and the second, the third and the fourth, the FIFTH, and all worse than that which preceded it!--you swear to God to repent and give up these travels. And every time you lie, swayed by greed and adventure, to return to the sea. So take the punishment that is coming, you deserve it!"

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Amina al-Sirafi should be content. After a storied and scandalous career as one of the Indian Ocean's most notorious pirates, she's survived backstabbing rogues, vengeful merchant princes, several husbands, and one actual demon to retire peacefully with her family to a life of piety, motherhood, and absolutely nothing that hints of the supernatural. But when she's tracked down by the obscenely wealthy mother of a former crewman, she's offered a job no bandit could refuse: retrieve her comrade's kidnapped daughter for a kingly sum. The chance to have one last adventure with her crew, do right by an old friend, and win a fortune that will secure her family's future forever? It seems like such an obvious choice that it must be God's will. Yet the deeper Amina dives, the more it becomes alarmingly clear there's more to this job, and the girl's disappearance, than she was led to believe. For there's always risk in wanting to become a legend, to seize one last chance at glory, to savor just a bit more power ... and the price might be your very soul.

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