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Mirage

(2018)
(The first book in the Mirage series)
A novel by

 
 
The stunning and lushly imagined Sunday Times bestseller about a girl who is kidnapped and forced to become the body double for the princess of a ruthless empire.

'A smart, romantic, exciting debut from a rare talent' Veronica Roth, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Divergent

In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation and receiving a sign that one day, she, too, will have adventures, and travel beyond her isolated moon.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects. She is kidnapped by the government and taken in secret to the royal palace. There, she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double to appear in public, ready to die in her place.

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can't help but enjoy the palace's beauty - and her time with the princess' fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear, and she soon realises that one wrong move could lead to her death . . .

'By turns thrilling and ruminative, sexy and heartbreaking' Sabaa Tahir, author of an Ember in the Ashes

'Enriching, thrilling, and captivating' BuzzFeed

'Lush and dangerous, Mirage had me entranced' Tochi Onyebuchi, author of Riot Baby

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Praise for this book

"Daud is a masterful storyteller. Mirage gives readers an exquisitely wrought world with deft characters, death-defying stakes, and an aching romance. Bound to linger in your dreams." - Roshani Chokshi

"Mirage is a fantastic book. It's full of my favourite things: secrets, intrigue, gorgeous mythology, and complicated characters. It will break your heart and fill you with hope" - Kat Howard

"Lush and dangerous, Mirage had me entranced. Amani's journey-from rural innocent to calculating young woman, from village girl to royal impersonator-is galactic. Daud's novel asks, 'what does it mean to impersonate your enemy?' And the answer she provides here is nothing short of thrilling. I was here for all of it, and I desperately need to know what happens next." - Tochi Onyebuchi

"A smart, romantic, exciting debut by a rare talent." - Veronica Roth

"A masterful, stunning read that brings Somaiya onto the scene as a major talent and voice and force to be reckoned with." - Margaret Stohl

"Mirage had me enthralled from its first page to its last. It's a a heart-wrenching, romantic, and exhilarating page-turner. Begin preparing yourselves for it now. Somaiya Daud is a brilliant writer and she has written a brilliant book." - Courtney Summers


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