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.
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A Kirkus Best Teen Book of 2014
"The story unfolds at a swift, even pace, and the worldbuilding is superb; the jinn inhabit an intoxicating, richly realized realm of magic, politics, spirituality and history. Readers will wish they had a jinni to grant them the next book in the series."
--Kirkus ***Starred*** Review
"A rich, unique world, full of characters who blaze as brightly as their tremendous powers--I was ensnared from the very first line! EXQUISITE CAPTIVE is a beautiful and clever reimagining the mythology of the jinn, and utterly unlike anything I've ever read. Seductive, refreshing, and unforgettable!"
-- Sarah J. Maas,New York Timesbestselling author of theThrone of Glassseries
“Demetrios crafts a refreshingly diverse story with nods to Arabian culture in this lengthy blend of traditional jinni lore and urban fantasy elements.”
-- School Library Journal
"Blending ancient myth and glittering modernity, it’s an intricate and smartly written story..."
--- Publisher's Weekly
"Exquisite Captive transported me to a world that was beautiful and terrifying, sensuous and dark, and utterly unforgettable. I'll be haunted by Heather Demetrios's brilliant and romantic take on modern jinni lore for many nights to come".
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