The Genie’s Gift is a lighthearted action novel set in the fifteenth-century
East, drawing on the mythology of the Arabian Nights.
Thirteen-year-old Anise, shy and timid, dreads marrying the man her father chooses for her. Her aunt tells her about the Genie Shakayak, the giver of the Gift of Sweet Speech. He lives high atop
many weeks’ journey across a barren desert. The way is barred by a dozen
dangers and trials. But those few who cross the desert and defeat the guardians
of the mountain receive their reward. From that day forward, their words drip
like honey from their lips, charming all who hear them, and no one can deny
them anything they ask. Mount Quaf
Anise is determined to find the genie and ask for the gift. But the way is barred by a series of challenges, both ordinary and magical. How will Anise get past a vicious she-ghoul, a sorceress who turns people to stone, and mysterious sea monsters, when she can’t even speak in front of strangers? Will she ever reach the top of
Quaf—and if she does, can she convince the Genie to give her the gift?
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