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What to read next: We Hunt the Flame

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In We Hunt the Flame, seventeen-year-old Zafira the hunter disguises herself as a man in order to brave the forest and feed her village. Political unrest forces Zafira to set out on a quest to find a lost artifact and return magic to her cursed world. This first book in the series was inspired by ancient Arabian culture and legends. Readers will be left waiting for more of this exciting world.

Enter into the world of Weep in Strange the Dreamer. Meet Lazlo Strange, an orphan and a librarian who takes bold action when a group of warriors appear from the mythical lands of Weep. Lazlo spent half of his life dreaming about Weep and a mythical blue-skinned goddess. In this fairytale book, Lazlo will find out that dreams really can come true.

After you watch the new live action Aladdin, try The Forbidden Wish, a romantic retelling of the same story. Aladdin finds the lamp of the jinni Zahara, who has been imprisoned for 500 years by the Queen. When she emerges, she discovers that magic is now illegal. Using her shape-shifting magic, Zahara disguises herself to stay alive while her new master chooses his three wishes. Fans of fairy tale retellings, adventure, and romance will love this novel.

In Rebel of the Sands, Amani can’t wait to leave the oppressive town of Dustwalk before she winds up dead, or worse, married. Disguised as a boy, Amani joins up with Jin, a lawless adventurer. Read this if you love fantasy world-building and feisty heroines!

Freneqer lives under her father’s harsh rule in The Girl with Borrowed Wings. One brave act on her part leads her to a relationship with a Free-person, a shape-shifter. Each night, he flies her around different parts of the world, both real and magical. As their friendship evolves, Freneqer realizes she must break the rules of her life to be truly free.

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