On the occasion of her twin brother's ascent to the throne and marriage, she is offered the opportunity to break the curse, but it will require her to betray her family. Despite some misgivings, she does so with the help of a young warrior named Azad,. But breaking the curse has huge ramifications and it becomes clear that she has only understood part of the story of her origin.
A lush fantasy based on Persian myth and Zoroastrian beliefs. Soraya is a fascinating combination of anxiety, anger, and long -- very much the paragon of adolescent angst -- and thus familiar and sympathetic in the eyes of young readers. Her voyage from reclusive outcast to brave leader is a satisfying journey -- part physical and part emotional. Overall, the result is a sophisticated and enjoyable read, but I found her romantic outings (and implied bisexuality) distracting and forced and the ending exhaustingly heavy with symbolism.
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