A tale from the Arabian Nights in three parts
This novel compiles the three novellas Amadi and the Phoenix, Amadi and the Sphinx, and Amadi and the Djinn in one volume
Amadi enjoys the busy frenzy the souk and tries to escape the harem her stepmother rules as often as possible. Unlike her sister Bülbül she feels caged, not protected. When Bülbül becomes engaged against her will, Amadi longs to evade a similar kismet.
Luckily a master thief wants her as an apprentice, and she grabs the chance to live like a boy. Too bad that she and her teacher become targets of a jackal-headed god of death and an assassin when they accept an assignment from a magic-using customer.
Who wants them dead so badly remains a mystery she must solve to survive. And now that she fell head over heels in love, she very much wants to live. With her life spinning out of control, will her skills be enough to save her ... and, maybe, the caliphate too?
For readers of fantasy from 9-99 years.
A few words from the Authoress
This book grew from a short story I wrote a few years back. Beta-readers loved the story but though it too short to truly develop the world. First reluctantly, then with more and more enthusiasm, I reread the Tales from the Arabian Nights, studied books about life in Arabian countries (after all I didn't want to step on anyone's toes), and developed the plot. Writing Amadi's adventures went surprisingly fast. I hope you'll find some of my fascination for this intriguing culture in this book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What I like about all of Katharina's books is that, even in a fantasy setting, she's done historical research to give you that extra feeling of being in a world that's actually real. Magic carpets nonwithstanding :) Amadi is a strong, engaging female lead - far too rare in MG fantasy IMHO - and the story is complex and engaging, although there were one or two places where I wished the story would move a little faster. All the characters are well-developed, and will keep surprising the reader with their actions - not everybody is what they seem, and some people might give you a real shock. One thing to be aware of, if you're thinking of buying the books separately, is that they are very closely connected. The first books leave issues unresolved, to be picked up in the sequel. My recommendation: If you like fantasy adventure, especially something in the style of the Arabian Nights, go and give this book a try!
By Momma on March 25, 2013 amadi I absolutely loved this book! Amadi is such a wonderful and complex character it’s hard not to like her. Set in a time and place where women were meant to obey Amadi did just the opposite, but did her best to remain true to herself and respectful of others. Many of the characters did a good job either being as evil as they were required to be or as loveable and endearing as they are meant to be. Watching Amadi and her friends overcome adversity and think their way out of trouble as well as fight their way when necessary was entertaining. I would happily have my teenage girls read this book! Momma puts this book on a must read list! If you would like to be entertained and possibly introduced to a new culture then this trilogy of Amadi, the Phoenix, the Sphinx, and the Djinn! What does Momma Think? Momma gives Amadi, the Phoenix, the Sphinx, and the Djinn by Katharina Gerlach 4 cookies.
This was an easy read, a quick one that didn't take long to get the plot going. I really loved it for several different elements: the mythological element was there but not overdone, the setting was unusual for me, and the plot was very well done, especially considering the entire series was only 167 pages on my Nook. I think this series deserves that much more credit because of its ability to be so entertaining despite being so short. Firstly, I really enjoyed the characters. Amadi and Harun were of course great to read about, as was Bubul and Selim. We barely get to meet her birth mother and little brother, yet I enjoyed their characters for the small time span they were involved. The same goes for Yadin; she's gone so quickly from the series and yet she was still a great character. However, I do have to admit that all my favorite characters are the mythological beings: the Phoenix and Hanneh the sphinx. The Phoenix was snarky and was always complaining about something. The sphinx was always speaking in questions and I think that made her awesome from the get-go. The questions between her and Amadi were clever and still managed to convey what they meant to, which I think is a pretty impressive feat. The plot was very well done. It didn't really get a whole lot of explaining, and yet it was still possible to follow along with the story. It didn't get all convoluted and crazy and it still managed to flow well. I'm still amazed that it was such a good story despite it being so short. I mean, I suppose I shouldn't be considering that many of my favorite books as a child were excellent at this, but still. The plot was original and utilized a whole mess of mythological creatures. The best part about the creatures is that they're kind of lesser known ones. The sphinx and the phoenix are pretty well known, but not everyone can identify a manticore or those water spirits (I even forgot the name of it). I love mythology, so this was an especially fun aspect of the series for me. I do want to draw attention to one thing, though: that I think far too many of the harder aspects of the journey were solved too easily by wishing. It took away a lot of the tension, and I'm a fan of tension when done correctly. Seriously though, great series. The titles of each story explain it all, and I was more than happy to read it all the way through in one day.