Book Review | The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty

Thank you to HarperCollins and NetGalley for providing me with an e-arc of The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty in exchange for an honest review.

The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty, the bestselling author of The City of Brass, is an incredible swashbuckling journey full of magical lands, wicked sorcerers, hidden realms, and monstrous sea creatures…

“For I have always had a gambler’s soul, finding prizes tinged with risk utterly irresistible. But my gambler’s soul had gotten innocent men killed. My gambler’s soul was now so heavy with crimes that God would have to be most merciful indeed if I was to escape hellfire.”

Amina Al-Sirafi is a retired pirate with a steep bounty on her head. She was once a notorious nakhudha who sailed the Indian Ocean. A fearsome rogue and a talented smuggler that inspired decades of scandalous tales and vicious rumors. Now she resides in a small hovel in the mountains with her young daughter, Marjana, living a simple life in order to shield her little one from the ghosts of her past. When a wealthy stranger crosses her path with a tantalicing offer; return their kidnapped granddaughter to receive a life-changing sum that would provide her family with a lifetime of security, Amina finds herself tracking down her old crew and returning to the Seven Seas for one final adventure.

Our fearsome heroine, Amina, is an absolute gem of a character. I adore how she is both a protective mama bear and a vicious bandit that wouldn’t hesitate to rip the yellowing teeth from anyone who doubts her. She has both a foul mouth and murderous tendencies, but I for one would follow her anywhere.

Chakraborty has created a beautiful tale of friendship and family on the high seas. I can tell that this will be the book EVERYONE is talking about next month. It’s full of remarkable twists, clever throwbacks and carefully woven myths and folklore. It’s vibrant, entertaining and packed with suspense and elements of the supernatural.

The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty will be released on March 2nd 2023 and is available to pre-order HERE.