As a eunuch in the Ottoman Imperial Harem, Olin has already lost his home, his freedom, and his manhood. His only wish is for a painless death, until he meets Dark Star, a beautiful odalisque who promises to give him his deepest desire. He refuses to believe her claim to possess a jinni in a bottle. But when Dark Star is accused of witchcraft, Olin rubs the bottle in desperation and discovers she’s told the truth.
Olin becomes the jinni’s master to save Dark Star, but it’s not enough. In the complex world of the Topkapi Palace, where silk pillows conceal knives, sherbets contain poison, and jewels buy loyalty, no one is safe. With each wish, Olin must choose between becoming like the masters he detests or risk his life, his body, and his sanity to break the bonds that tie them all.
“Vividly imagined and achingly beautiful, this is the closest you’ll get to an Ottoman harem without a time machine.” — Jessica Cale, Editor of Dirty, Sexy History
“Sensual, magical, and meticulously researched, THE JINNI’S LAST WISH is a scrumptious read.” –Heather Webb, international bestselling author of Last Christmas in Paris.”
“Hauntingly sensual, The Jinni’s Last Wish is an erotic fever dream that lingers long after the last page.” — Mia Hopkins, author of Thirsty
Some people may know this already but I’m always jumping at the chance to read a book set in the Ottoman Empire. I don’t really know where my fascination with it comes but I’ve read a lot of great books that were set in it so I didn’t hesitate to read The Jinni’s Last Wish.
First of all I kind of want to address the rating. I highly enjoyed this book and I had a hard time putting it down, especially after the first half of the book but I feel like it wasn’t quite worthy of four stars for me, personally, but I also thought it was better than three so I had to go for a rating in between. I only do this when I’m really unsure about a rating. I was pretty conflicted because it did take me a while to really get into the book and start really liking it. Let’s just say it was a very good read but not the best ever for me.
The story is about Olin who got taken away from his home to serve as a eunuch in the Imperial Harem of the Ottoman Empire. I thought that the point of view of a eunuch was a really original thing to write about because I don’t think I’ve seen a book that does this. I really liked Olin. He was a eunuch but he still had his own thoughts and desires. The story started picking up when he met Dark Star, a beautiful odalisque serving in the harem, who starts talking about jinnis and wishes.
This book was quite an unexpected story to be honest. It was way more erotic than I had believed it would be. Thinking back to it this shouldn’t have been a surprise since the story takes place in a harem. At first I wasn’t too sure about this, although I’ve enjoyed and read my fair share of sexy books, because it did take me a couple of chapters to really get into the book but once I did I loved how sensuous it was. It really worked for the story.
The Jinni’s Last Wish is an enticing and sensual combination of history and fantasy set in the Ottoman Empire. The writing combined with characters you can’t help but root for make it quite the adventure.
About the author:
Zenobia Neil was named after an ancient warrior queen who fought against the Romans. She writes about the mythic past and Greek and Roman gods having too much fun. Zenobia spends her free time imagining interesting people and putting them in terrible situations. She lives with her husband, two children, and dog in an overpriced hipster neighborhood of Los Angeles. Visit her at ZenobiaNeil.com.
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