We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal

A thrilling young adult fantasy set in an Arabian-inspired world where a huntress masquerades as a boy and the Prince of Death, the son of an autocratic father, is tasked to kill her. Zafira is determined to brave the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people and Nasir is an assasination who ends anyone defying the tyrant ruler of this world. War is brewing and an ancient evil stirs as both—along with an eclectic cast—embark on a quest to uncover an artefact that can restore the lost magic.

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The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah

A futuristic sci-fi mystery in the last days of the twenty-first century where sea creatures swim through the ruins of London. Leyla—a British Muslim of Afghan descent and Pashtun ethnicity—is a submersible racer chosen to participate in the city’s prestigious annual marathon; which gives her an opportunity to save her father who has been arrested on false charges. But she must brave unfathomable waters and defy a corrupt government to do so or her father will be lost forever.

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Rumaysa: A Fairytale by Radiya Hafiza

Featuring young Muslim girls, this is a magical tale that combines three classic fairytales as they’re retold with new adventures and unusual structural twists. Rumaysa lets her hijab down from a tall tower in order to escape into the magical South Asian land where enchanted forests and dragon lairs exist. Teaming her up with Cinderayla and Sleeping Sara along the way, this middle grade fantasy creates a strong sense of sisterhood while the girls live through a story told with love, humor, and lovely illustrations.

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The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad

A splendid young adult fantasy set in a city along the Silk Road that is a refuge for those of all faiths, where a young woman is threatened by the war between two clans of powerful djinn. Fatima lives in the city of Noor—which bears scars of a recent past when a chaotic tribe slaughtered an entire population—except for her and two other humans. When the dangers of a magical battlefield loom over her, she is drawn into the intrigue of everything around her as a fiercely independent woman.

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Nura and the Immortal Palace by M.T. Khan

A mesmerising portal fantasy set in a rural industrial town in Pakistan takes readers into the little-known world of djinn. Nura must spend her days earning money by mining mica but the local rumour of a buried treasure in the mine gives hope to her. When the mines collapse and four kids are claimed dead, she refuses to believe it and finds herself at the entrance of a strange world inhabited by the trickster creatures and a luxury jinn hotel that holds kids in its clutches—where they’ll be bound to work forever.

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Amira & Hamza: The War to Save the Worlds by Samira Ahmed

On the day of a rare lunar eclipse, twelve-year-old Amira and her little brother, Hamza, can’t stop bickering while attending a special exhibit on medieval Islamic astronomy. Wowed by the amazing gadgets, Amira watches in horror as Hamza grabs a forbidden Box of the Moon and it springs to life. Suddenly, day turns to night and everyone around them falls under a sleep spell. A chunk of the moon is also broken and hurtling toward them at lightning speed. The two must, according to the Jinn, journey to the mystical land of Qaf and end a civil war to save the world.

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Court of Lions by Somaiya Daud

Sequel to the acclaimed book, Mirage, this epic primarily lives in a world of fantasy also influenced by a blend of historical and sci-fi. On a planet on the brink of revolution, Amani, the rebel, has been forced into isolation and Maram, the princess, is more complex than she seems. On the eve of Maram’s marriage comes an unexpected proposal: in exchange for taking her place in the festivities, Maram will keep Amani’s rebel associations a secret—but every choice comes with a cost.

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The Theft of Sunlight by Intisar Khanani

Set in the same world of Thorn, this start to a new duology follows Rae, a village girl with disability who goes on to seek answers from the royal court when children continue to disappear from across Menaiya. But the court has its own surprises and when she discovers an ally in the foreign princess who then recruits Rae as an attendant she looks to the dark city streets for answers. When a street thief unexpectedly helps her, more secrets are unraveled in this fantasy that approaches important issues too. 

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This Woven Kingdom by Tahereh Mafi

Clashing empires, forbidden romance, and a long-forgotten queen destined to save her people. Alizeh is the long-lost heir to an ancient jinn kingdom forced to hide in plain sight as a disposable servant. Kamran, the crown prince, has heard the prophecies foretelling the death of his king. Soon, the servant girl will uproot his kingdom—and his world. This adult epic fantasy is the first in a romantic trilogy based on Persian folklore and set in an intricate world glimmering with magic.

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Crowning Essence by Sahira Javaid

A dark and dangerous sequel to Crowning Soul, a unique adventure where the price of a soul is another soul’s fate. The world’s life force continues to dwidle as winter’s teeth sink into the land and the angel’s body remains lost. Now Nezha must find other jawhars—who like her can control the elements. As a tragedy befalls the city, she will be forced to sacrifice and face an evil jinni’s corrupting magic as well as inner demons if she wants to keep the world from falling apart.

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The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

A spellbinding fantasy in which the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom rests in the hands of a clever and defiant young con artist with miraculous healing gifts. Nahri doesn’t believe in magic but then she accidentally summons a darkly mysterious djinn warrior during one of her cons. He tells her the tale of an enchanted metropolis: Daevabad, a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound. When she decides to enter this world, she learns true power is fierce and brutal.

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. In this world, Laila is a slave, Elias is a soldier, and neither is free. But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, she is forced to spy for the rebels in exchange for their promise to rescue her brother. Elias is the school’s finest soldier and secretly, its most unwilling. He wants to be free of tyranny. Soon, both will realise their destinies are intertwined and their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

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which of these have you read and what is definitely going on your tbr? 💛

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