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Image of Heart of Flame

This lush fantasy will bring to mind the tales of the Arabian Nights. With sorcery, djinnis and a seemingly never-ending list of tasks that leads heroine Taqla and Rafiq, the object of her affections, through the desert, Heart of Flame is a book you can’t put down. The two burgeoning relationships in the book are achingly perfect in their development, as each completed task brings both Taqla and Rafiq — and the amir’s daughter and her djinni — closer to their ultimate meeting. Even when you think you know how the story will end, Ashbless keeps the surprises coming.

Taqla lives on her own in ancient Damascus, using her sorcery to move about the city as a man. She meets Rafiq, a trader, and is drawn to him, but Rafiq is preoccupied with his search for the amir’s daughter, who was abducted by a djinni. A disguised Taqla agrees to help him on his quest, taking the risk that she might reveal — and lose — everything. (SAHMAIN, Nov., 296 pp., $16.00)
Reviewed by: 
Cyndy Aleo