Blood Passage is the electrifying second book in the Dark Caravan Cycle—a modern jinni fantasy-adventure trilogy from author Heather Demetrios, perfect for fans of Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone series and Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy.
When Nalia arrives in Morocco to fulfill Malek's third and final wish, she's not expecting it to be easy. Especially because Malek isn't the only one after Solomon's sigil, an ancient magical ring that gives its wearer the power to control the entire jinn race. Nalia has also promised to take Raif, leader of the jinn revolution, to its remote location. Though Nalia is free of the bottle and shackles that once bound her to Malek as his slave, she's in more danger than ever before and no closer to rescuing her imprisoned brother.
Meanwhile, Malek's past returns with a vengeance, and his well-manicured facade crumbles as he confronts the darkness within himself; and Raif must decide what's more important: his love for Nalia or his devotion to the cause of Arjinnan freedom.
About the Author
When Heather Demetrios isn’t traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places, she lives with her husband in New York City. Originally from Los Angeles, she now calls the East Coast home. Heather received her MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut young adult novel, Something Real. She is the founder of Live Your What, an organization dedicated to fostering
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***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Blood Passage by Heather Demetrios Book Two of the Dark Caravan Cycle series Publisher: Balzer + Bray Publication Date: March 1, 2016 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss Summary (from Goodreads): A jinni who's lost everything. A master with nothing to lose. A revolutionary with everything to gain. When Nalia arrives in Morocco to fulfil Malek's third and final wish she's not expecting it to be easy. Though Nalia is free from the shackles that once bound her to Malek as his slave, she's in more danger than ever before. Meanwhile, Malek's past returns with a vengeance as he confronts the darkness within himself, and Raif must decide what's more important: his love for Nalia, or his devotion to the cause of Arjinnan freedom. Set upon by powerful forces that threaten to break her, Nalia encounters unexpected allies and discovers that her survival depends on the very things she thought made her weak. From the souks of Marrakech to the dunes of the Sahara, The Arabian Nights come to life in this dazzling second installment of the Dark Caravan Cycle. What I Liked: First, let us take a moment to mourn the fallen soldier that was Blood Passage's original cover (which you can see HERE), as well as Exquisite Captive's original cover (HERE). I don't dislike these new covers, but unfortunately, I much prefer the original ones. Bad publisher! Anyway, moving on. I so loved this book! WOW I did not expect to love this book as much as I did. Keep it up and this series will be an all-time favorite. I adored Exquisite Captive (I was one of the few that didn't really see a love triangle, so the romance didn't mar anything for me), and I think I'm even more in love with Blood Passage. Huge bonus - the ending of this one isn't some terrible cliffhanger that makes me want to throw something! YAY! Nalia, Raif, Zanari, and Malek arrive in Morocco in search of Solomon's sigil. Malek used his third wish from Nalia for her to find the ring, but Raif and Zanari are determined to obtain the ring as soon as Nalia takes them to the location. But they have no idea what they're up against, and they'll meet both friend and foe in the desert. Finding the ring is a matter of life or death - for everyone. This book was an emotional rollercoaster! I don't even know where to begin. I have to start by saying that I simply could not put this book down. Once I opened it, I didn't stop reading until I finished it, several hours later. It was that engrossing and exciting! Nonstop action and threats and new twists. When I say "emotional rollercoaster", I mean it. I don't want to say anything too specific, but several key events in this book rips Nalia apart. Nalia lashes out, pushes Raif away, pulls him close, pushes Zanari away... there is a lot going on. I wouldn't call it "drama" because it's some serious consequences that everyone has to deal with. But I love how the author makes Nalia suffer a little - it does so much for her character. Nalia is infinitely stronger, by the end of this book, and in many different ways. This book is written in third person, but we get to see the perspectives of all four lead characters - Nalia, Raif, Zanari, and Malek. While Raif and Nalia's perspectives were my favorites, I really enjoyed Zanari's as well. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)