Series: Dark Caravan Cycle #1
Author: Heather Demetrios (Website | Twitter)
Age Group: Young Adult
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: October 7, 2014
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.
In general, I really liked the idea and the set up of these book. I haven't read much on jinnis so I was excited to jump into something that was semi new to me. Demetrios really brought the world and the magic to life in this one, especially with the main character, Nalia. She was spunky and strong and I really admired her throughout the novel. The two love interests were also really interesting in that they were so vastly different. I actually found myself liking both at one time or another.
The only down side to this book for me was the beginning was a bit confusing. It took me a while to understand the dynamics between all the jinnis and it didn't help that there were a lot of different and unique words to learn. For the most part though, I really liked this one and I'm excited for the next.