Exquisite Captive (Dark Caravan Cycle #1) by Heather Demetrios (review)

August 26, 2015 All Reviews, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy, YA 0 ★★★★

Exquisite Captive (Dark Caravan Cycle #1) by Heather Demetrios (review)Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios
Series: Dark Caravan Cycle #1
Published by Harper Collins on October 7th 2014
Number of Pages: 480
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Paranormal, Romance, Urban, Young Adult
Source: Library
Format: eBook
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four-stars

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?

Inspired by Arabian Nights, EXQUISITE CAPTIVE brings to life a deliciously seductive world where a wish can be a curse and shadows are sometimes safer than the light.

This is and is not, a love triangle. In one sense it is, because two men are after the same woman (Nalia). But it also isn’t, because Nalia only loves one of them. And it isn’t her abusive master. She’s a little confused at first, because she was taken into slavery as a 15 year old who had never loved or had a relationship before. But mostly she hates Malek. And with good reason.

I liked how strong Nalia was. She lived years in captivity with an abusive owner, forced to grant wishes for his business contacts. Otherwise she was banished to her bottle which was lined in iron. And iron is poison to Jinni. But it didn’t break her. She feels guilt for her part in what happened to her people (and yes, you do find out what she did, eventually…) but she’s focused on getting back to her world to save her little brother. She’s brave, and grows a lot as a character over the course of the book.

I liked Raif, he changes a lot through the book, just like Nalia does. There’s a huge weight on his shoulders as the leader of the revolution. And he’s young. His only living family being his sister and mother. He starts out hating Nalia for what she is, but that eventually changes once he see’s what she’s really like, not what he believes her to be.

Malek is the perfect villain. The kind you love to hate. He’s abusive, and seems to have multiple personality disorder, as one moment he’s evil and cruel. And the next moment he’s almost sweet and loving. The reason is explained later in the book, and makes perfect sense. But even once you know why he’s bad, you don’t hate him any less.

There’s a lot of world-building in this book. Lots of customs and lore, but not to the point where it ever seems too much. I really loved this book, and can hardly wait for the next one to be out!

four-stars

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