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Alongside the world we know, hidden from mortal eyes, is the realm of the jinn – shape-shifting spirits ruled by royals who wish for nothing more than the destruction of the human world. As we begin our story, the city of Al-Shaam lies in ruins. Once a proud settlement for the ruling Ghadaeans, supported by the labours of the ha-ri underclass, it has been almost destroyed by an attack from the jinniya Queen Bidhukh. The defence was led by the Wa-zeem – a group fighting for equality for the ha-ri – while a group of rebel ha-ri, the Ha-reef, feeling that equality would never be achieved without violence, had fought alongside the

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The extraordinary sequel to The Balloon Thief: an epic journey into a world of shadows and trickery where the stakes are even higher …

After the epic battle of The Balloon Thief, Khadija, Jacob and Darian are heroes. But then Khadija learns that her sister, Talia, has been kidnapped and taken to the jinn realm of Al-Ghaib.

Khadija and Darian go to her rescue. But Darian is strangely changed since the battle that cost him his heart. Khadija will need all her wits about her if she’s to outfox her sister’s captor – and perhaps, save the boy she loves . . .

  • The fiery sequel to the celebrated YA fantasy romance The Balloon Thief
  • A dual narrative split between Khadija’s magical quest to rescue her sister, and Jacob’s embroilment in a political mystery 
  • Full of ancient djinn, epic adventure and heartrending romance 
  • Explores love, politics, equality and racism in a highly original South Asian-inspired fantasy world

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