Somaiya Daud with Margaret Stohl
A night of delight: a writer and onetime Washington, D.C. bookseller who is presently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Washington, Somaiya Daud is now, as of this evening, the author of a fabulous young adult novel, her first, Mirage (Flatiron). A wondrous fantasy using Somaiya Daud’s homeland of Morocco as inspiration in setting, this is the story of a girl who gets tapped to be the body double of a princess - with marvels which then unfold. With her this evening will be bestselling young adult fantasy author Margaret Stohl.
“Somaiya Daud’s Mirage reads like the lushest of fantasies, set in an unforgettably immersive world that is both dangerous and impossibly lovely. The characters are complex and nuanced, and the story is by turns romantic, harrowing, climactic and hopeful, though the unresolved ending paves the way for an even grander sequel. I didn’t want it to end, and I can't wait to return to the world Daud has created.” —Rosalyn Eves.
“Daud is a masterful storyteller. Mirage gives readers an exquisitely wrought world with deft characters, death-defying stakes, and an aching romance. Bound to linger in your dreams.” —Roshani Choksi.