When Aladdin discovers Zahra's jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn't seen in hundreds of years, a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra's very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes. But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity, only to discover that she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart? As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.
"Lush, romantic, and exquisitely written - The Forbidden Wish is a rare, glittering jewel of a novel." (Sarah J. Maas, author of Queen of Shadows)
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Beautifully written and narrated
Beautifully written and narrated; an absolute gem! The re-imagining of old tales is often a average read for me, but this book took me by surprise and ranks at the top of my list. It reads like poetry. The descriptions don't bog down, are not redundant, and fill the mind with smells and tactile images. The story as a whole resembles the old story, but is retold with such an innovative voice, it is received as an entirely new work of art. I have so enjoyed this book, and wish there were more.