Book Review: The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty

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Adeeba Jafri

Adeeba is the author of several books including The Baby Garden, A Zoom with a View and Show Yourself.


I was captivated by each and every page. The sheer amount of work and research that Chakraborty put into bringing a magical Indian Ocean to life in these pages is commendable. 

Amina Al-Sirafi is an uncommon pirate captain (Nakhuda), retired and living alone with her daughter and elderly mother. After a traumatic end to her life on sea, Amina has lived on land and in anonymity for ten years until she gets pulled reluctantly into one last job. The wealthy mother of her dead crewmate threatens her family and tasks her with finding her missing granddaughter. 

There were soooo many aspects of the book that I loved which I can’t mention without spoiling the book for others. I devoured Chakraborty’s Daevabad trilogy and read it at least once a year. The Adventured of Amina Al-Sirafi is written in that same style – with tons of dry humor and details upon details of everything Sirafi faces in her mission. 

Trigger warnings – there is a fair amount of violence, including references to mass murder, gruesome killing of elderly people, threat of gang rape, possession by demons, and a fantastical attack by a sea monster.

I would recommend this book for 16+.