Magic, Djinn, Ogres, and Sorcerers. Thirteen-year-old Zardi loves to hear stories about fantastical beings, long banned from the kingdom of Arribitha. But anyone caught whispering of their powers will feel the rage of the sultan—a terrifying usurper who, even with his eyes closed, can see all.
When her own beloved sister is captured by the evil ruler, Zardi knows that she must go to any lengths to rescue her. Along with her best friend, Ridhan—a silver-haired, violet-eyed boy of mysterious origins—and an unlikely crew of sailors led by the infamous Captain Sinbad, Zardi ventures forth into strange and wondrous territory with a seemingly impossible mission: to bring magic back to Arribitha and defeat the sultan once and for all.
When thirteen year old Zardi’s older sister, Zubeyda, and her father, Baba are taken by the horrible Shahryar, the sultan of Arabithia, Zardi vows to get them back with the help of her best friend/adopted brother – Rhidan – a mysterious boy with silver hair and violet eyes, before it’s too late. In Arribithia, magic is forbidden. Anyone heard talking about it shall face Shahryar’s terrible wrath. Zardi (short for Scheherazade) heads for the high seas, setting sail with the fabled Sinbad and crew. Figuring out Rhidan’s true identity, they soon find themselves on an island that includes rocs, a brass giant, a Cyclops, a trapped djinn, and a fearsome Queen of the Serpents. Can Zardi make it before the Hunt, the day when her sister is meant to die? Or will she be too late?
Right from the description, you can tell this book is going to be incredible. The Book of Wonders was awesome right from the start. The main character, Zardi, is loveable and head-strong. To say that The Book of Wonders is a retelling of the Arabian Nights would make me laugh like crazy, because The Book of Wonders is way more than that. The Book of Wonders has it all from betrayal to a rare friendship. The story is really fast-paced with many twist and turns. I think, more than anything, I was really surprised at how things turned out, because with most authors, their debuts wouldn’t even come close to this…
Right now, I’m hoping I’ll be able to get Jasmine Richards’ second and third book in her brilliant debut trilogy. The cover of the novel is beautiful with the sunset and all. I’d rate this book way more than 5 stars. If only I could. I would highly recommend picking up this book. Adventurous and suspenseful, The Book of Wonders, is one of the best!