The Fire Wish

The Fire Wish

by Amber Lough


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The Fire Wish by Amber Lough

A jinni. A princess. And the wish that changes everything. . . . Beautifully written and accessible fantasy for fans of Tamora Pierce, Rachel Hartman, and Laini Taylor.
In this romantic and evocative fantasy, Najwa is a jinni, training to be a spy in the war against the humans. Zayele is a human on her way to marry a prince of Baghdad—which she’ll do anything to avoid. So she captures Najwa and makes a wish. With a rush of smoke and fire, they fall apart and re-form—as each other. A jinni and a human, trading lives. Both girls must play their parts among enemies who would kill them if the deception were ever discovered—enemies including the young men Najwa and Zayele are just discovering they might love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385369794
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 07/14/2015
Series: Jinni Wars Series
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.46(w) x 8.19(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

AMBER LOUGH is the author of The Fire Wish and The Blind Wish. She lives in Germany with her husband and their two kids. She spent much of her childhood in Japan and Bahrain. Later, she returned to the Middle East as an air force intelligence officer to spend eight months in Baghdad, where the ancient sands still echo the voices lost to wind and time. For a pronunciation guide, a cast of characters, and more, please visit Follow Amber on Twitter at @amberlough.

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The Fire Wish 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Great book... but a little hard to follow if not familiar with the jinn and where they originate from.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
kcody03 More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful tale about love and learning that the grass isn't always greener on the other side. Magical settings and a unique cast of characters made this a truly unforgettable story. I only wish it was much longer than it was. The premise itself was very unique. There are not many stories with a jinni as a main character are hard to come by and the author really fleshed out this character and made her relatable and more human. Najwa is a jinni and a spy so there isn't much that surprises her except for the wish that one human named Zaylee makes her grant. I loved Najwa she was brilliant and seeing her try to pretend to be human was so much fun. The best aspect was seeing how these two learned about each others culture and came to understand each other better in the process. Zaylee is a sweet girl who got stuck in a terrible situation. She was desperate, but at times it was hard to tell whether or not she didn't jump out of the frying pan and into the fire when she decided to trade places with Najwa. Pretending to be a jinni with no real magical powers is one tough feat. There was most definitely some romance going on in this story as well. My personal favorite was Najwa and Kamal as they were too sweet and perfect for each other. I liked that although there was a good dose of it the romance didn't take over the whole story. This is a magical read that any fantasy fan will not want to miss!
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ImaginaryReads More than 1 year ago
I found out the power of author blurbs when I saw that Tamora Pierce blurbed this. To be honest, I probably wouldn't have picked this up otherwise because the synopsis looks so much like a fantasy romance. In a way, it is. At the same time, there's some compelling element to the story that kept me reading even as other elements had me finding it hard to suspend disbelief. The story alternates between Najwa and Zayele's perspectives. At first, it was hard for me to connect with the characters or even enjoy the story because it switches perspectives so quickly, barely giving me time to immerse myself in one storyline before moving on to the next character. I eventually adjusted to the story's pacing. What really bugged me about the narration from start to end is how both perspectives are told in first person without distinguishing traits in either voice to help me tell them apart. Though Zayele is labeled as braver and Najwa more passive, it's just that—a label. Their characters aren't developed well enough for me to know for sure who is who. Furthermore, though Zayele is essentially raised as a princess, her behavior suggests otherwise, and she does a poor job of carrying out her duties. I never felt a strong connection to any of the characters, even our narrators. While I know who they are, it's only on a superficial level. I couldn't tell you anything about them except for the most basic of information. There isn't any real depth to the characters or their relationships with each other. The only time I felt any real emotion was when Atish seeks to avenge a wrong done to his girl at the end of the book (if you've read the book you'll know what I'm talking about). That gave me feels, then clichéd things happen, and the feels didn't last very long. I know I should want them to be happy, but it'd be nice if we could spend more time feeling the war damage instead of giving things a Disney ending. That's the thing. The entire plot felt formulaic. I figure things out before they were revealed ike Najwa and Zayele's unique relationship and where the whole royal wedding before they were actually revealed. And Najwa and Zayele's actions are pretty much what I'd expect from the brash teenage girls so popular in YA books today and who are celebrated as being passionate and kickass. Yes, they take strong action, but there isn't any good cause so far as I can see for them to act the way they do. What they do is stupid and reckless, and they're surprised when older, wiser people lecture them on the dangers of their behavior. I like strong girl characters, but I also want girls who set a good example. The writing is as youthful as its narrators. I know what it wanted me to see, but it didn't immerse me in the world and the characters' lives. Not only that, but the story didn't have much organization to it. For the most part, it felt like it was taking us from place to place, following the girls as they try to find a way out of the mess they've gotten themselves into, and the story ends rather abruptly without giving us an idea of where it will be taking us in the next book. I do like the Middle Eastern setting. It's rare to see, and though the crafting could use work, I enjoyed exploring Najwa and Zayele's world for the most part. I'm intrigued and am interested in seeing where The Jinni Wars will take us next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable YA read, The Fire Wish was a wonderful fantasy romance. With the lush setting, surprising secrets, and engaging story, this book was lovely and I really liked it. The setting for this book was great. It was well set up and the descriptions were so vivid, I was totally drawn into the Arab-esque world the author created. Also, I appreciate that the author did well it being accurate about the culture. Since I know a lot about Arab culture, I would have noticed any inconsistencies, but this was pretty spot on, for the most part. So, the author did a wonderful job on world-building. Both heroine in this book were great. The point of view alternated between them, so we get to know both characters. Najwa was great. She was a skilled jinni, very clever and loyal. My only issue was that I wished she stood up to herself more. Zayele had to grow on me. At first, I found her selfish and disdainful. However, over the course of the book, she realized her mistakes and was willing to sacrifice everything to make them right. By the end of the book, I liked her. Both heroes were wonderful. Kamal was a prince and he was Najwa's love interest. He was sweet in cute, nerdy way that made him endearing. Atish was Zayele's love interest and he was strong, loyal, and willing to do anything for those he cared about. I thought they were both great. Both romances in this book were good. I wish there had been more development. Maybe because there were two going on at once, there wasn't enough room for depth. It felt a bit shallow, because all it was just a couple of conversations each, the girls thinking longingly about the boys, and, voila, they were in love. I still thought the couples were sweet together, but I wanted more development. The plot was okay. It started off slow, but picked up about a third of the way through. From them on, I was kept interested. There were thrills along the way, plus a huge secret that I never saw coming. I enjoyed the story and the ending has me curious about what will happen next. The Fire Wish was a wonderful YA fantasy romance. It has thrills, secrets, and lovely romance, which made for an enjoyable story. YA lovers, this is book worth checking out. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Fire Wish by Amber Lough Book One of The Jinni Wars trilogy Publisher: Random House Children's Publication Date: July 22, 2014 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): A jinni. A princess. And the wish that changes everything. . . .  Najwa is a jinni, training to be a spy in the war against the humans. Zayele is a human on her way to marry a prince of Baghdad—which she’ll do anything to avoid. So she captures Najwa and makes a wish. With a rush of smoke and fire, they fall apart and re-form—as each other. A jinni and a human, trading lives. Both girls must play their parts among enemies who would kill them if the deception were ever discovered—enemies including the young men Najwa and Zayele are just discovering they might love. What I Liked: A jinni-related book! I don't think there are too many jinni-related books in YA literature, especially these days. I don't see why not, there is so much one can do with jinni and wishes and such. If you're looking for fantasy novels featuring jinni, there is this one, and one coming out in October - Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios. I have that one - look out for my review in late August/early September ish. Najwa is a jinni, Zayele is a human. Both live in two very different worlds, but the worlds are connected by one thing: the jinn and human races are at war. Jinn are not permitted to enter the palace at Baghdad, due to strong wards. But somehow, Najwa gets in. And on her third time to the palace, she gets caught. By Zayele, who is on her way to the palace to become the second prince's bride, against her will. Zayele forces Najwa to grant her a wish: to let Zayele go home. This wish does not happen as expected, because Najwa is stuck in Zayele's world, and Zayele is sent to Najwa's. At first, I was a bit skeptical. The whole switching-places thing, the deception, the scrambling to find one's way in a new world, I'm not always a huge fan of that. But I found that once we got to the wish that Zayele made Najwa grant, I was sucked in. I HAD to know how Najwa would pull off trying to act human (because jinn don't leave among human, obviously, and Zayele came from a very distinct tribe). I HAD to know how Zayele would pass off as a jinni, since she had no jinni powers, not even the symbol that marked her as one of the jinn in the Corps.  I also don't necessarily like when a book is told from two different people, both of those people being girls. I know that sounds really bad, but I like split narratives with a guy and a girl. When it's two girls, like two sisters, two best friends, etc., I tend to really like one of them (usually whoever's narrative was featured first in the story), and I tend to seriously dislike the other. Not so in this book. I liked Najwa more, but that doesn't mean that I didn't like Zayele. Najwa is such an interesting character. She's slightly anxious, a bit unsure of herself and her magic, but headstrong and brave. She was extremely upset when she realized that she was stuck in the human world, that she was caught to begin with, but she immediately took to pretending to be Zayele. In my opinion, she did this flawlessly, even when she felt shaky and exposed.  It took me a little bit to understand and like Zayele. Najwa is featured first, and I wanted to get back to her story. But Zayele's side of things is heartbreaking. Her father traded her to the vizier like she didn't matter. She didn't want to go, but she went without too much of a fight. She didn't want to dishonor her tribe, which is noble. What she asked of Najwa wasn't far-fetched or cruel - she did what any desperate girl would have done in her situation. I ended up liking Zayele a lot, and I was rooting for her at the end, hoping that she would succeed in, well, what she needed to do. No spoiling! So the plot surrounded Najwa and Zayele's switching. Najwa is with Rahela, Zayele's cousin, and Rahela knows that Najwa is a jinni. Rahela helps Najwa enormously, especially with acting human and about Zab (Zayele's tribe). Zayele is discovered in the jinn world before Najwa is discovered in the human world (I don't think this is a spoiler, because it's totally inevitable). Things aren't just about the jinni that got through the palace wards, or the human that got sent to the jinn world - the girls will realize that there is so much more than what they taught was a simple wish. There were twists and turns and curveballs that I really did not see coming - props to Lough for that! So well done! The romance - yes, there is romance in this book. I saw it coming, on both Najwa and Zayele's end. In the beginning, Najwa is "supposed to" be in love with Atish, a talented jinni. She doesn't, and he doesn't necessarily love her, though they are good friends And of course, Zayele is supposed to marry the second prince, Kamal. So, what do you think happens when the girls switch? Personally, I didn't care much for Zayele and Atish. Not that I didn't like them together, but eh. I really REALLY liked Najwa and Kamal together - they are totally perfect for each other. Contemplative, thoughtful, intelligent, clever - they are too smart for themselves, and so sweet for each other. Love! A general note - the world-building in this book was STUNNING. We have several "worlds" in this book - at the palace in Baghdad, and the jinn world (not sure what to call it, I think I missed that note). Both worlds are so well-described, so intricately constructed. I could imagine the garden at the palace pretty perfectly, down to the selenite ball. The imagery in this book is so wonderful. The settings were rich and captivating, the characters fleshed-out and "real". Seriously, I loved this book. The beginning was slow (see the next section), but once things got going, they were going. I LOVE how Lough built this story (both in this book and in the series) - the set-up is amazing, because I can totally see the possibilities for the next book (and in the series in general). Brilliant! This book was brilliant. I want more! What I Did Not Like: I mentioned this above, but something that I noted was the slow start. I remember reaching around page 58 and wanting to stop for the night. It wasn't that I was bored, it was that I didn't think much was happening, like the story wasn't going anywhere. I kept reading though, and around page 100 or so, things started to get interested. Yes, it took about 100 of the 320 pages for this book to really start. BUT, stick with it. I promise it's totally worth it! Would I Recommend It: Yes! There aren't many jinn-related books in YA literature, so I think this is one not to miss. Also, in general, it's an awesome fantasy novel! I love the culture infused in this book, as well as the fantasy elements of princes and palaces and whatnot. And the romance! I love it! Seriously, there are so many fabulous things about this book. I could go on and on! Rating: 4 stars. An excellent debut, truly remarkable! I cannot wait to read more from this series, and from this author. SEQUEL, NOW.
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