Lough, Amber. The Blind Wish. Random House, 2015. $17.99. 306 pages. Language: G (1 swear). Violence: PG. Sexual content: G.
Half-jinni twins, Najwa and Zayele learned in the first book, The Fire Wish, that they were sisters, the truth about their parent’s death and what really started with war between the humans and jinni. In this continuation, the girls learn that ending a war is much harder than starting one. Najwa saved the Caliphate’s life, but still the human’s don’t trust her. Prince Kamal, her romantic interest, has been made vizier and promised his father that he would no longer meet Najwa unless in public. Najwa learns to her chagrin that her twin-sister is a magus—the most powerful of a jinni and she herself is not. Zayele is training to be a magus and her suitor Atish, is working hard to chosen as her dyad—united with her to multiply her power. Zayele still feels grief over her human cousin Yashar (she thought her brother) who was blinded when they went into the desert. She returns to heal him, only to discover that no matter how powerful you are some things cannot be changed. Prince Kamal’s brother wants to continue to the war and kill the jinni and his wish causes unforeseen consequences for all. It is a strong second book with more action and plenty of twists. Both sisters have great character development and the secondary characters are interesting too. There isn’t as much romance as in the first book, which I found disappointing. Still, readers will eagerly be waiting for the third adventure.
MS/HS-ADVISABLE. Samantha Hastings, MA, MLS.