DATE PUBLISHED: 23rd February 2016
She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world…
When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years—a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.
But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?
As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.
I was unsure how close to the Aladdin this retelling would be. The Forbidden Wish is a very loose retelling and really the only connection to the Disney movie is the fact that the main characters name is Aladdin, he comes across a lamp with a jinni and wishes to become a prince. Otherwise, this story has some serious world-building and interesting magic systems. The Jinni in this book are a species who come in many breeds.
Zahara is an old and very powerful Jinni who has been cursed into a lamp. The story is told in the first person from Zahara’s point-of-view. Zahara was an interesting character and her struggles through the book endeared her to me. I loved seeing her develop through the book and attempt to overcome the politics of the Jinni. Aladdin is a complicated character who is flawed and yet has a heart of gold.
Overall, this retelling was excellent. It had me hooked from the moment Aladdin rubbed the lamp as the pair travelled in an attempt to assist a rebellion and overthrow the royals. The world-building and magic systems were intriguing and easy to follow. I felt as though I was there in the desert with the characters on their journey.
Keep Calm and Read On,