An imperious sultan, an ancient djinni, and a wild princess who wishes to rule... The Sultan of Astaran was promised the greatest beauty the kingdoms had seen in centuries – an accomplished, raven-haired princess who caught the eye of even the desert spirits. Unfortunately for the sultan, he got Zadie instead. With dreams of becoming a powerful sultanah, Zadie never expected the sultan to be quite so haughty and traditional. Or so handsome. She definitely didn’t expect to be dealing with brazen bandits, wily spirits, and mysterious thieves. But Zadie’s determined to prove herself to the sultan and his court. And now she’s stumbled on a secret that might just help her get her wish… The Girl with Seven Wishes is the first novella in the romantic fantasy serial Desert Nights, a fairytale retelling inspired by Aladdin and Arabian Nights.
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When Zadie goes to Astaran, her freedom is limited and she feels like the walls are closing in. Kassim won't let Zadie in on what's going on in the city or allow her to come to the council meetings. Instead, she has to rely on overhearing their whispers. By doing this, Zadie learns that thieves are stealing from the castle. She wants to help find the culprit, so she must do what she does best: sneak around.
No matter what she discovers, Kassim won't hear a word. He thinks she is simply dreaming and brushes her findings off like it's nothing. But Zadie discovers a secret that's her own to keep and it has something to do with a ring and a djinni named Tarak.
I love how fast-paced this story is, but I wish it wouldn't have ended so soon! It definitely leaves you wanting more, which isn't a bad thing. I love how feisty Zadie is and that she won't let anyone back her into a corner, not even her future husband Kassim. I really wanted to like Kassim, but he's so old fashioned that instead, I wanted to slap him. I can't wait for the future books and hopefully see how he grows to accept Zadie as his wife and an equal. This book takes the old classic and twists it up for fans new and old to enjoy.
Final Verdict: I would recommend this to fans of fairytales, Aladdin, politics, strong female leads, action, and adventure. Zadie is a character that any girl can look up to and admire for her strength.