The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi by S A Chakraborty

My Five Word TL:DR Review: I loved it.  Loved.  It.

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The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi is, to put it simply, wonderful.  Now go and pick up a copy and be happy (pretty please).  What are you waiting for?  Seriously, this is the sort of book that gave me that glowing feeling that I experienced as a youngster reading a fantasy adventure for the first time, feeling that amazing feeling of excitement and awe and wondering if there are more books like this out there, then sneaking under the covers at night to continue reading by torchlight. It’s just so enjoyable.  I loved the characters, I loved the story and frankly, I want more.  And more.  And, I’m not trying to say that this is a book aimed at a young market (just to be clear) more making the point of that lovely happy feeling that it gave me and that made me feel reminiscent – like, who wouldn’t want to go back and experience that feeling all over again?  Well, this book gave me that feeling and it made me smile.

So, plot.  What do you get when you have a notorious lady pirate, retired into obscurity and hoping to live a quiet life before she’s bribed/cajoled and outright blackmailed into returning to the high seas to find a young female abducted from a wealthy family?  Well you get sea monsters, mysteries, crazy characters, demons, much more, and so much downright entertaining fun that it should be illegal.

Firstly, the characters.  I loved Amina, she’s a great character to read.  I love her thought processes, she’s brave, she loves her family and clearly she is equally loved by those around her because her most trusty crewmates also join her on this dangerous quest – and they’re also really easy to get along with.  Can I say, and I don’t know whether I’m supposed to even enjoy the rogue demon – but I did enjoy the rogue demon.  Even the baddie was over the top bad – in a way that fit the story perfectly.  Colour me happy.

The writing is superb. I gobbled this up like a hungry teenager.  I couldn’t put it down.  The pacing is spot on.  The attention to detail and backstory flow really well

The setting, well, this is simply the icing on the cake.  Clearly this is well researched (not to mention loved) and this comes across.  I’m certainly not an expert on anything contained here but the culture and history are so well interwoven into the story and make the story come to life.  And this is all managed with a remarkably light touch and surprising ease that I’m sure belies the actual reality.

Overall, I have no criticisms for this.  I enjoyed it so much, witty banter, high stakes, high seas shenanigans, skullduggery, family, found family, family you hoped not to find, sea monsters, sorcery and so much more.  I’m hoping for quite a few more of these and I won’t deny that I wouldn’t be averse to the demon making an appearance again. Just saying.

I received a copy through Netgalley, courtesy of the publisher, for which my thanks.  The above is my own opinion freely given.

My rating 5 of 5 stars

15 Responses to “The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi by S A Chakraborty”

  1. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    I guess you had my full attention at “lady pirate”…. 😉

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha yes, and she’s such a great character. I love her.
      Lynn 😀

  2. pagesandtea

    With a recommendation like this I can’t really not add this to my TBR list 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s a great read. Lovely writing, great characters, swashbuckling adventures. Creatures and demons. I mean, truly, what’s not to love. I felt like a kid in a sweetie shop reading this.
      Lynn 😀

  3. justonemorepaige

    So glad to hear this! I loved the Daevabad trilogy and I had high hopes for this book!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Well, I love the world here, and there is a little shout out to the Daevabad trilogy too, the characters are lovable and the adventure is just downright exciting.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Tammy

    I’m definitely buying a copy of this😁 Every review I’ve read has been glowing!

  5. Al

    Just finished this. Really enjoyed it.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I can’t wait for more – I’m thinking, given certain threads here, that we can maybe expect four more – I do hope so. Or maybe it will just be three.
      Lynn 😀

  6. aquavenatus

    I’m glad you enjoyed this book as much as I did! My review will be posted very soon!

  7. bkfrgr

    Between your review, Lynn, and Aquavenatus’ I obviously really REALLY need to read this!
    Awesome review! ❤

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha, yes, you do need to read it. I’d love to have your reaction to this one (and I hope you feel the same way but either way it would be good to chat about it).
      Lynn 😀

      • bkfrgr

        I have a day off Friday, so will see if I can find a copy … because book chat?! Yay! 😘

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