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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
Crowning Soul by Sahira Javaid is the first book in the Heart of Noorenia series. Nezha has the ability to control fire but she keeps it a secret with her Aunt Lamis as her biggest supporter. All could be exposed when she's attacked by a jinni wanting revenge with its eyes set on her family. This is just the beginning of Nezha's journey as this encounter sparks a chain of events that lead to her disappearing through a pond. She enters another world where she discovers that she possesses something powerful within her. On her journey, she encounters mysterious and magical beings such as the unicorns that inform her that a shard of an angel's soul resides within her heart. She joins forces with her new allies to put an end to the jinni's plans before they have a chance to get her soul.
The descriptions that Sahira Javaid supplies are lovely and vivid in a rich writing style that brings to life a juxtaposed balance between the serenity of light and the darkness of shadows. The story delves between the various perspectives of Nezha, the unicorns, and the jinni, weaving between the light and the dark. Various characters are incorporated throughout Nezha's journey with allies such as Sapphire the angel, Kayan, Thunderbolt, and the other unicorns. Unicorn characters are woven throughout and provide a source of light and spirituality which incorporates their desire to protect their kind and their strong dedication to duty. The Iron Prince is the primary villain against Nezha and was corrupted by the jinni, which began with the tragic loss of his love, Sanari.
Beautiful writing brings to life a story about light and dark, empowerment, love, and faith that captivates you from the first page. The story strikes a balance between Nezha's journey of light and Eisen's journey of darkness in an adventure that explores various themes. The brilliant and beautiful mythology that Javaid has created is rooted in faith with a stunning exploration of light through the various characters such as the unicorns, who encompass all that is good. Crowning Soul is stunningly written with details that bring the mythology of the world to life, vivid characters, and a beautiful journey.