Review: The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi by SA Chakraborty

Title: The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi

Series: Amina al-Sirafi #1

Author: SA Chakraborty

Amina al-Sirafi should be content. After a storied and scandalous career as one of the Indian Ocean’s most notorious pirates, she’s survived backstabbing rogues, vengeful merchant princes, several husbands, and one actual demon to retire peacefully with her family to a life of piety, motherhood, and absolutely nothing that hints of the supernatural.

But when she’s tracked down by the obscenely wealthy mother of a former crewman, she’s offered a job no bandit could refuse: retrieve her comrade’s kidnapped daughter for a kingly sum. The chance to have one last adventure with her crew, do right by an old friend, and win a fortune that will secure her family’s future forever? It seems like such an obvious choice that it must be God’s will.

Yet the deeper Amina dives, the more it becomes alarmingly clear there’s more to this job, and the girl’s disappearance, than she was led to believe. For there’s always risk in wanting to become a legend, to seize one last chance at glory, to savor just a bit more power… and the price might be your very soul.

‘For there’s always risk in wanting to become a legend, to seize one last chance at glory, to savor just a bit more power… and the price might be your very soul.’

Oh this was like a breath of fresh air!

A 40 something ex-pirate, now full time mum, is hired for one last job and it was such fun!

Back on the sea with her old crew, Dalila,
Majed, Tinbu, a useless ship’s cat and Raksh on a rescue mission. But it all takes a turn for the worst!

It was full of action, diverse characters, magic and fantastical creatures!

Amina was so relatable, especially about her dodgy, weak knee and the love for her daughter.

My favorite however was Raksh. I can’t really say much about him but when you read, come back and tell me how right I am!

Another character that captured my heart was the Scribe. Again, read this and tell me how right I am!

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