528 pages

English language

Published June 5, 2023 by Orbit.

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reviewed The Jasad Heir by Sara Hashem

The Jasad Heir

3 stars

The Jasad Heir is the first book in a series filled with fantasy politics and an enemies-to-potential-lovers relationship. It follows Sylvia, the heir to the destroyed kingdom of Jasad, who is in hiding but ends up being captured by Arin, the heir to the anti-magic (cop) kingdom that destroyed Jasad; Arin chooses her as his champion for the upcoming tournament, where being the winner may get her the freedom she deserves and help Arin with his own political ends. Shenanigans.

There's some stuff going on here I like. There's some tasty uncertainty about historical events and about the characters themselves that I enjoy--Sylvia's own point of view about Jasad is balanced out by extra perspectives later that possibly (but not certainly) Jasad was not the pure victim that Sylvia wants to imagine they are. And on top of that, there's a good bit of unreliable narration going on where Sylvia …