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Karen Abbott


Outstanding, Young Adult, Womanhood, Kidnapping, Faith, Love, Romance, Overcoming Adversity

Document Type

Book Review


Amani loves her family, her cultural traditions, and the poetry that is scripture to her people. Poetry has been banned by the Vath who have conquered Amani's moon, the planet that they orbit, and several other moons as well. On the night of her coming-of-age celebration, the Vath disrupt the party and kidnap Amani. She is brought to the ancient palace to be a double for Maran, the Vath princess who is destined to be the next ruler of the kingdom. Through her physical and mental struggles, Amani finds strength and identity in her faith. She also finds love and discovers that, even as a servant, she can wield more power than she ever would have imagined.