Saara El-Arifi

She was raised in the Middle East until her formative years, when her family swapped the Abu Dhabi desert for the English Peak District hills. This change of climate had a significant impact on her growth—not physically, she’s nearly 6ft—and she learned what it was to be Black in a white world.
Saara knew she was a storyteller from the moment she told her first lie. Though her stories have developed beyond the ramblings of a child, she still appreciates the thrill of a well-told tale.THE FINAL STRIFE is Saara El-Arifi's debut novel, the first part of a trilogy inspired by Ghanaian folklore and Arabian myths.


Genres: Fantasy
New and upcoming books
January 2024

(Faebound, book 1)
September 2024

The Ending Fire
(Ending Fire, book 3)
February 2025

Faebound 2
(Faebound, book 2)
Ending Fire
   1. The Final Strife (2022)
   2. The Battle Drum (2023)
   3. The Ending Fire (2024)
   1. Faebound (2024)
   2. Faebound 2 (2025)
Saara El-Arifi recommends
Mindbreaker (2023)
Kate Dylan
"A frenzied feat of genius. Dylan is an auto-buy author for me, her writing always promises an invigorating ride at breakneck speed -- MINDBREAKER is no exception. An electric plot is interspersed with touching moments of resilience from a magnetic cast of characters, whose stupid decisions still have you rooting for more. Oh and it's queer. Need I say anything else?"
Forged by Blood (2023)
(Tainted Blood , book 1)
Ehigbor Okosun
"Ehigbor Okosun has called on the winds of worldbuilding and the gales of great writing to create a tempest of a novel. Forged by Blood is an enchanting tale of sacrifice and power. Found family, mated love and unexpected twists only add to its depth of heart."
Shanghai Immortal (2023)
A Y Chao
"Shanghai Immortal is a gritty, glittering tale of gods and monsters in a reimagining of 1930s China. The fearsome half-vampire half-deity Lady Jing swaps anger management lessons for a crash course in the mortal realm and you can't help but root for her and the chaos she leaves in her wake. Full of fury, passion, and beauty, this is a debut that will grip you in its fangs and make you bleed-all the while wanting more."

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Anthologies containing stories by Saara El-Arifi
Unbound II (2022)
(Unbound , book 2)
edited by
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