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SIGN UP: Court of Lions by Somaiya Daud

Genre: young adult, science fiction

Diversity tags: own-voices, authors of color (moroccan author), poc representation (moroccan-inspired world, moroccan characters, biracial lead), lgbtqiap+ representation (lesbian lead)

Publication date: 06 August 2020

Publisher: Flatiron Books

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Two identical girls, one a princess, the other a rebel. Who will rule the empire?

After being swept up into the brutal Vathek court, Amani, the ordinary girl forced to serve as the half-Vathek princess’s body double, has been forced into complete isolation. The cruel but complex princess, Maram, with whom Amani had cultivated a tenuous friendship, discovered Amani’s connection to the rebellion and has forced her into silence, and if Amani crosses Maram once more, her identity – and her betrayal – will be revealed to everyone in the court.

Amani is desperate to continue helping the rebellion, to fight for her people’s freedom. But she must make a devastating decision: will she step aside, and watch her people suffer, or continue to aid them, and put herself and her family in mortal danger? And whatever she chooses, can she bear to remain separated, forever, from Maram’s fiancé, Idris?

About the Author

Somaiya Daud is the author of Mirage and holds a PhD from the University of Washington in English literature. A former bookseller in the children’s department at Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C., now she writes and teaches full time.

About the Tour

The tour for Court of Lions is exclusive to book bloggers. It is open to both US-based and international bloggers, with priority being given to Middle Eastern and North African readers (especially those who identify as Moroccan). Its official hashtag is #CourtOfLionsTour.

The tour will run from August 3rd to August 7th, which falls within the book’s release week. Although book reviews are required for this tour, you are more than welcome to add other creative or promotional content of your preference.

Digital review copies of Court of Lions will be distributed through NetGalley. This means that you need a NetGalley account to participate. Also, it must be noted that Court of Lions is a sequel. If you haven’t read the first book yet, digital galleys of Mirage can also be provided.

Sign-ups will close within next week, and the selected tour hosts will be contacted via email. The CBT Twitter account will announce once the confirmation emails have been sent out.

For other concerns or inquiries, you are more than welcome to leave a comment!

Published by Shealea

Shealea likes sunflowers, research, and inclusive literature. In 2020, she graduated from the University of the Philippines Diliman with a bachelor's degree in Communication Research.

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