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The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi
The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi | Shannon Chakraborty
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Shannon Chakraborty, the bestselling author of The City of Brass, spins a new trilogy of magic and mayhem on the high seas in this tale of pirates and sorcerers, forbidden artifacts and ancient mysteries, in one woman's determined quest to seize a final chance at glory--and write her own legend. Amina al-Sirafi should be content. After a storied and scandalous career as one of the Indian Ocean's most notorious pirates, she's survived backstabbing rogues, vengeful merchant princes, several husbands, and one actual demon to retire peacefully with her family to a life of piety, motherhood, and absolutely nothing that hints of the supernatural. But when she's tracked down by the obscenely wealthy mother of a former crewman, she's offered a job no bandit could refuse: retrieve her comrade's kidnapped daughter for a kingly sum. The chance to have one last adventure with her crew, do right by an old friend, and win a fortune that will secure her family's future forever? It seems like such an obvious choice that it must be God's will. Yet the deeper Amina dives, the more it becomes alarmingly clear there's more to this job, and the girl's disappearance, than she was led to believe. For there's always risk in wanting to become a legend, to seize one last chance at glory, to savor just a bit more power...and the price might be your very soul.
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CaitlinR
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In the first half of this book Chakrabory lays the foundation for her new series. As a result it is a slow and, frankly not very interesting beginning to what becomes, in the second half a thrill ride through a well-built world. Amina Al-Siafi is a mother, was a ship‘s captain/pirate and returns to the sea to rescue a young, magical girl . Her past shipmates join her on what becomes a life threatening adventure. Looking forward to the next entry.

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This book will be in my top 10 of the year. (Things I read in week 1 usually are!) I was really interested in this story but unprepared for how much I would ADORE the voice 😍 written in first person as if the main character is telling her story in her words to a journalist, it‘s SO GOOD. The adventures of a middle aged mother retired pirate with a bad knee… I‘m so happy there‘s more coming. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

julesG I'm really looking forward to the sequel(s) 3w
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Aimeesue Such a good book! 3w
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Sapphire
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This is my current audiobook. Adventures stories are not my typical genre, but a bunch of kittens recommended it a couple years ago so I bought it. I am so caught up with it. I love the characters and all the mythology. It truly is a swashbuckler. It‘s fun to get used to the names from a region of the world I rarely read about and even more fun when I recognize cross religious stories. Halfway through and still being surprised and carried along.

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Tea_and_Starstuff
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For 2023, I've decided to do a top 10 for both fiction and non-fiction in 2023. Here's the fiction list - in more or less ranked order (the hardest part!):

1. The Adventures of Amina Al-Sarafi
2. When the Angels Left the Old Country
3. System Collapse
4. Legends & Lattes
5. Some Desperate Glory
6. Mammoths at the Gates
7. Station Eleven
8. Nona the Ninth
9. Killers of a Certain Age
10. A Tale for the Time Being

Tea_and_Starstuff It was a tough battle, but my #1 narrowly took it largely because the focus on retired protagonists in a wonderfully fresh world (based on the medieval Indian Ocean, amazing historic detail) was so different from anything else I'd read!

Any of these make your own favorites lists?
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Kristelh
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!! 1mo
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Elizabeth2
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What an adventure! ❤️📚 A middle aged, female, foul-mouthed pirate, who is a Mom and also kicks ass? Yes, please! This epic novel has magic, demons, otherworldly creatures, peril, found family, and SO much imagination! The conclusion is utterly satisfying, but also leaves the door wide open for more adventure. Do yourself a favor and listen to this on audio. The narration is fantastic and it absolutely added to the experience. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 /5 ❤️📚

Sapphire Agree the narration was wonderful 2w
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Elizabeth2
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Listening to this one on audio. Covid has hit our house and I‘m the only one left standing. This has kept me entertained while I‘m washing, and disinfecting, making homemade soup, and delivering meals and drinks to my 4 patients. Really enjoying the adventure and humor so far! ❤️📚

DaveGreen7777 Hope your family feels better soon! 🙏 2mo
Elizabeth2 @DaveGreen7777 thank you! They are all on the mend. ❤️ Seems to be relatively mild - like a bad cold. Fatigue and headache were the chief complaint early on, but pass in a day or two. My oldest son has a wicked sore throat, but the others‘ sore throats were mild. 2mo
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Sapphire
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“These things that men obsess over when they hate what they desire, and desire what they cannot possess!”

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Larkken
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#12Booksof2023 Day 8: I guess I'm a sucker for an older lady pirate with a one-last-job trope and a wealth of Middle East history and mythology thrown in! My other top read for August was Chain Gang All Stars, but CGAS doesn't need me to put it on blast given all the end of year lists it's on.

Andrew65 Looks a good read. 2mo
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thewallflower0707
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I finally had time to choose my novel for #AuldLangSyne 2024! It‘s the Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi, which I conveniently already have downloaded on my kindle. To make myself more ambitious, I also added #DearEdward, which I vaguely remember reading about when it was released. Looking forward to the discussion ☺️ @Karisa

Karisa Two very different books! Love it! Hope you like them too. ☺️ 2mo
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HeyT
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It was a very tough choice between the final two but Amina won out over Murderbot just barely because the Murderbot installment doesn't stand alone very well. I'm pretty happy with what I read for the year overall and there were really only two or three books that were just okay. Everything else I really enjoyed my time with them.
#2023ReadingBracket

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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I loved everyone of these! #bestof2023

monkeygirlsmama My daughter just got Unfamiliar from the library yesterday. 2mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @monkeygirlsmama such a sweet read. 2mo
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julesG
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Andrew65 Another author I keep meaning to get to! 2mo
Aimeesue I love love loved Amina! The audio was stellar. 💜 2mo
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TieDyeDude
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I couldn't help but think of this Rock and Morty episode while Amina was gathering her crew. Tagged was a great listen on audio! I appreciated that it was a complete story while setting up for multiple sequels. I would love to follow the Marawati on future adventures, now that all the set up is out of the way.

Aimeesue I loved this book - and that episode! 😂 3mo
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SpeculativeFemale
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I've been away a while again! A phone reset signed me out of my account, I couldn't remember my password, then had some difficulty resetting it! 🤦‍♀️

Anyway, I'm back again now and need to catch up on reviews of the pictured books, the tagged book, and The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi, which I finished yesterday.

Anyone else trying to make space on their TBR shelf in anticipation of some possible book gifts in the near future? 😝

Nebklvr Who Fears Death was intense!! 3mo
SpeculativeFemale @Nebklvr It really was! I was going to move straight on to The Book of Phoenix after it, but I decided to hold off on that just a bit. I need a break in between! 3mo
Nebklvr @SpeculativeFemale I haven‘t read any more but should sometime as writing was good 3mo
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mdemanatee
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I absolutely loved this one! Youtube Thoughts: https://youtu.be/sFUj_iJulKk

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mdemanatee
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Mentally I am here. Loving this one so far. Adventure and humor and magic and also deep pondering on human nature.

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Magdalenka
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“She became a legend …” I like that !

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This novel was simply extraordinary and captivating; I was hooked from the first page and did not want the story to end. The characters are phenomenal; they are well developed and intriguing and I loved going on this adventure with them. Dalila is savage but caring, and quick witted, and funny, making her my favorite character in the novel. I liked the little sections, told by Amina‘s scribe, containing information about the Moon of Saba as well.

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This novel was simply extraordinary and captivating; I was hooked from the first page and did not want the story to end. The characters are phenomenal; they are well developed and intriguing and I loved going on this adventure with them. Dalila is savage but caring, quick witted, and funny, making her my favorite character in the novel. I liked the little sections, told by Amina‘s scribe, containing information about the Moon of Saba as well.

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TieDyeDude
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Audio-craft-assisting! ( @WildAlaskaBibliophile is doing the crafting. I'm just cutting the materials 😁)

Texreader Heck I need an audio-craft-assistant!! 3mo
WildAlaskaBibliophile @Texreader It's a HUGE help! 3mo
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Karisa
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Swashbuckling tale of a pirate captain who sails the Indian Ocean with her motley (but lovable) crew. So much fun!

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Karisimo
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Completed both, but The Invisible Hour would have been a DNF if not for #bookspin ! The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi #doublespin was a fun heroes adventure tale with the main character being a female Muslim pirate. She is lured out of retirement and away from her daughter for the sake of someone else's daughter. The motherhood aspect added depth to her character. Lots of fun side characters, some magical elements, and action-packed adventure.

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451Degrees
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This book was such fun! Got VERY fantastical towards the end but that certainly kept me on my toes! I loved the hodgepodge of characters and their questionable pasts that somehow all brought them together. A famous lady pirate is pulled from retirement with a job she couldn‘t refuse.

MamaGina I own this book and fully admit buying it because of the cover and “Lady Pirate” storyline. I need to get to reading it! 🏴‍☠️ 5mo
451Degrees @MamaGina right?! The cover is amazing! Get to it girl!🥰 5mo
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I enjoyed the adventure and the characters. I love that the MC is a strong woman pirate that happens to be a mom also who comes out of retirement to save a girl. This adventure turns magical and I love the character development. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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This swashbuckling, Middle Eastern mythology inspired fantasy follows a middle-aged single mom & former pirate captain as she‘s coerced out of retirement for one more adventure. I loved the rep here—the older mc, Muslim, Jewish, and Christian rep, and fantastic queer rep too! The emphasis on plot over character development took this from a 5 star to a 4 star for me, but highly recommended if you‘re in the mood for an adventure on the high seas!

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BookwormAHN
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Here is my final list for the 1st #Book2Book It's great to see these books going to fellow Littens. If you could all email me your addresses that would be great. I'd like to get them in the mail Saturday. If you're okay with Media Mail then shipping in on me. Happy Fall almost 🐈‍⬛️

@Soubhiville @TheBookHippie @dabbe @julieclair @TheAromaofBooks @Catsandbooks @AllDebooks @Bookish_Gal @Chrissyreadit @LiteraryinLawrence @Clwojick @Cuilin

TheBookHippie Awe how lovely- media mail is fine! I will email my address. 5mo
julieclair How kind! I have just emailed you my address. 5mo
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amyrohn
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This was so fun and action packed and scratched my swashbuckling itch! I liked Amina and her character motivations a lot, as well as her relationship dynamic with her crew. This was very plot focused so I think the characters suffered a bit because of that, and the story got a little off the rails in the second half, but overall I had a great time and this was just the escapist read I needed. Very excited for the next one! 4.5/5⭐️

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amyrohn
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I‘ve been in a real seafaring and swashbuckling mood lately so let‘s keep it going!

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Shannon Chakraborty is definitely in my top authors. I have been (un)patiently waiting to get this one from the library and loved every second! I cannot wait to see what Amina's next adventure will be.

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A truly marvelous tale. A diverse crew, in ethnicity, sexuality, religion and gender, leading to the occasional important and thought provoking discussion amidst high action and intricate plot. Did not expect to laugh as often as I did. More supernatural elements than I expected which made me love it more. Gleeful to discover it's going to be a series.

Robotswithpersonality 2/2 Amani is as much a mother as a captain, among other attributes, and the tension between roles needing to be fulfilled, and personal ambitions, priorities seemingly at odds, is given careful attention. I appreciate that Amani has a history of acknowledged mistakes and is only slightly wiser as a result, aka still human. 😉 Transgender and queer rep. 🙌🏻⚠️Mention of SA, enslavement, some scenes get pretty violent/gross 6mo
Robotswithpersonality P.S. Love the interstitials between some chapters, different formats of epistolary or asides, used to provide background on certain characters 6mo
Karisa Sounds wonderful! I loved her last series too. Stacked 📚 6mo
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Acknowledgement of the existence of agender individuals in the badass pirate book? I love it here! 🥹

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Very particular phrasing...current prediction: Dunya is Jamal. Transgender rep! 🙌🏻

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"Tinbu, stop yelling at the tree. Dilala, stop stabbing the tree."
Be nice to the tree, children. ???

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🌕 = 💕
🖋️= 🤷🏼‍♂️

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Baby! 😻😸

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Oooohhhh, it's worse. Of course. Damn, Amina - greatly increasing the odds of a rough break up if I'm reading the foreshadowing correctly...😬

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Robotswithpersonality
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The difference a single word change makes. To insult someone "at depth" versus 'at length': more cutting critique versus haranguing at a shallower level of vituperation for a longer period of time? ?

julesG I did not think this deep. I only thought 'depth' was used because at sea there's deep water rather than long roads. But your thoughts make much more sense. 6mo
Robotswithpersonality @julesG I like your perspective on it too; I often forget that marine measurements, sense of scale, are different than those used on land! 6mo
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Amina, did you get down with a siren? 😳

julesG You will certainly know the answer by now. 6mo
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🙄😄

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😍 A beautiful map is always a good start for an adventure story.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This took me longer to get through, as the beginning started off slow and remained that way until about 60% into the book. I found the plot interesting, and I enjoyed how the adventure resolved, especially with the small surprise twist at the end. This was a solid novel, but I‘m still not sure if I‘ll read the rest of this trilogy.

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“It is not always easy to do the right thing, Amina al-Sirafi. More often than not, it is a lonely, thankless ordeal. That does not mean it is not worth doing.”

- Khayzur

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#BookBinge Day 14: This one #InvolvesAnimals - including a cat and supernatural oceanic animal creatures.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 😍 7mo
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GatheringBooks
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#BookBinge Day 11: #InvolvesWedding of an actual demon and a human being - I binge-read this fantasy novel while in Bodrum a week ago. Review is forthcoming. 💕💕💕

Eggs Great photo☀️ 7mo
BarbaraBB Lovely photo! 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great photo 📷 7mo
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So good! Charming, exciting and fun, I highly recommend you take this ride with a brave pirate with a heart of gold and a quirky crew. Filled with myths, monsters, and action, this would make a great movie! Loved it on #audio! This was my #Bookspin #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

MizzGraham I love this cover 😍 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 7mo
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This was a fun new historical fantasy series. The title character is a retired pirate who is sucked back into the life to save the kidnapped granddaughter of a wealthy matron. It leads to an epic fantasy adventure, deeply centered in ancient fables. This was fun, but I didn‘t find the character work to be really deep, besides Amina, we didn‘t get much of history of the characters.⬇️

Nessavamusic If you are a plot driven reader this will probably be a great read. I will probably check out more in the series. 4⭐️ #bookbinge #rushathon (edited) 7mo
Laughterhp Oo I like that cover more than the version I have! 7mo
Nessavamusic @Laughterhp it‘s from a book box, but I think the UK cover is similar 7mo
Laughterhp Oooh I think I just have the BOTM cover. 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 😍 7mo
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I LOVED this book - the audio was stellar, and it‘s a perfect summer read - pirates, treasure, sea monsters, double-crossing demonic exes - all the adventure one could want while lazing by the pool.
I really enjoyed following Amina, a middle-aged mother who‘d been blackmailed into searching for a former shipmate‘s daughter - around the Indian Ocean, trying her best, despite her aching knees. Looking forward to the next volume. Arrrrrr!

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#BookBinge Day 4: This was an #ImpulseRead for me while at the beach this week in Bodrum. Riveting and such strong compelling voice and storytelling. Finished it today, before our flight back to the Emirates. Review is forthcoming. Paired with the famous Bodrum meatballs, fried cheese delicious goodness, and burger for ze husband. 💕 Posting a day early since traveling. 🧳

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful and looks delicious 😋 7mo
Eggs Awesome meal 🥘 and photo 📸 7mo
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