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The Fire Wish

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The Fire Wish

Two worlds collide in THE FIRE WISH by Amber Lough. Najwa, a jinni, is suddenly swept into the war against the humans --- a war she may play an integral part in. On the opposite spectrum, Zayele, a girl from a tribe in Baghdad, is being forced to marry the Prince of Baghdad in order to uphold her family’s honor. But when events lead her and Najwa to meet, she makes a desperate wish to save herself from her fate, and in turn dooms Najwa. Now both girls are forced to deal with the consequences of the wish, in which their roles are reversed.

Najwa, hiding amongst the humans in the Palace, must keep her identity a secret from the Visier as well as the Prince. Meanwhile, in the Cavern where the jinni live, Zayele struggles to navigate the world of magic, which she has never known before. Through their experiences, the girls realize that there are two sides to every story and that this ancient war is not as black and white as it is portrayed. Viewpoints are changed, secrets are revealed and friendships are tested in THE FIRE WISH by Amber Lough.

The fact that the book is set in the Middle East makes it even more interesting and unique, and Amber Lough is an expert at describing the setting.

THE FIRE WISH is an exciting novel full of adventure, romance and magic.The fact that the book is set in the Middle East makes it even more interesting and unique, and Amber Lough is an expert at describing the setting. The concept is unique as well; Amber focuses on the jinni, a species of wish granting “people” who are at war with the humans.

The characters in THE FIRE WISH came off a bit fake in the beginning of this novel. In particular, the thoughts and dialogue of Najwa and Zayele seemed a bit dull and unrealistic. But farther into the novel, the girls begin to sound more like actual people and the story progresses much better. In addition, the love interests felt a bit forced, but they also got better later into the novel. One element Amber Lough does very well is suspense. The plot cannot be easily predicted and neither can the characters’ actions. Overall, THE FIRE WISH by Amber Lough is a different, engrossing read, despite some lackluster characters.

Reviewed by Kate F., Teen Board Member on July 23, 2014

The Fire Wish
by Amber Lough

  • Publication Date: July 22, 2014
  • Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 14+
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 038536976X
  • ISBN-13: 9780385369763