Review of Court of Lions by Somaiya Daud

Read: 18th July 2020 – 27th July 2020

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Spoilers in review: No

Court of Lions is the second book in the Mirage duology. I read Mirage back in January, and for the most part I enjoyed it! My only real complaint was that both core relationships in the book, those being the romance between Amani and Idris and the friendship between Amani and Maram, needed more fleshing out and more time to grow. They both went from A to B without showing enough of the journey for them to be convincing. That book could’ve easily had a couple more chapters, and I think it would’ve been a lot better for it.

Court of Lions has a related problem, except this time around it’s not the core relationships that needed more time, but the plot. I think that this duology should’ve been a trilogy.

I liked the bulk of this book! It was slow paced and character driven, with a focus on political maneuvering and the slow formation of a rebel plot, and I enjoyed my time reading it immensely. And something that I really liked was that the book didn’t end immediately after the climax, instead continuing on to show how things had changed and tying up some loose ends. I also especially enjoyed Maram’s development. Her struggle between her responsibilities, her cultures, her family, and her sexuality, was really interesting to me, and by the end of the book I was saying out loud that I loved her as I read. I’m probably going to be thinking about her for a long time.

Also, I really love it when characters who are friends fake date and stay friends. For all intents and purposes, Maram and Idris are fake dating for most of this book and through the first book. They do not fall in love with each other. Maram is a lesbian, and Idris likes Amani. This spin on the fake dating trope doesn’t get used very much and I really really enjoy it when I see it!

My main issue is with the climax itself. I hadn’t checked before reading whether this was a duology or a trilogy, but all of this book up to the climax had set things up to be a trilogy. I was convinced there was going to be another book after this one. But no, everything gets wrapped up here, and all a little too easily if you ask me. It honestly feels like Daud had planned a trilogy but had then been told that she needed to wrap things up in this one at the last minute. It’s a shame, because the rest of it is brilliant!

So, basically, my only issues with this series is that I think there should be more of it. As far as possible issues go, that’s one of the best ones to have. This series is definitely worth picking up!

I received an e-arc from Netgalley in return for an honest review

Review originally written in 2020, prior to this blog’s creation

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