Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios
Release Date: October 7th, 2014
Balzer + Bray, 480 Pages
Source: eARC from Publisher via Edelweiss (Thank you!)
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Dark Caravan Cycle #1
Forced to obey her master.
Compelled to help her enemy.
Determined to free herself.
Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s 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 free Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—all for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. With her enemies on the hunt, Earth has become more perilous than ever for Nalia. 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. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay: but how far is she willing to go for it?
I thoroughly enjoyed Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios. The beautiful writing, imagery, storyline, and premise are a few of the aspects with which I was really impressed.
Our main character Nalia was a wonderful female protagonist with conviction and honor that surpasses many I’ve read about recently. A jinn imprisoned by a cruel master is not the type of supernatural being you want to cross…that’s for sure.
The story follows Nalia as she deals with the atrocities committed in her homeland, Arjinna, in the past and the present day nightmare of being trapped by her current master, while trying to protect her race from being sold in a blackmarket slave trade on earth.
I loved the action and storyline from beginning to end. The book seemed really long, but not in a way that I dreaded picking it up…more of a way that I was enjoying savoring everything about it. I really looked forward to picking this book up day after day, and I was so sad when it was over. The next book in this series cannot come out fast enough! I can’t wait to see where the author takes us next with Nalia’s (and her new allies’) story!