Mirage is one of those books I didn’t know I needed until I read it. It’s a very relationship-centric book, and mostly builds up to a plot without getting deep into it. In another book I might have hated the lack of “plot,” but here I loved it.
Amani is kidnapped and secretly brought to the royal palace. Here she discovers that she has an uncanny resemblance to the horrible half-Vathel Princess Maram. To protect against attacks on Maram’s life, Amani must learn to talk and act like Maram, to be Maram, in order to stand in her place in dangerous situations.
Amani is given the worst job in the world. She is kidnapped away from everything she knows, and told she must act as a body double during life threatening situations for someone she hates. (Really, it’s not so much a job as it slavery.)
Most people fall for the body double act, but the story gets its beats from Amani’s relationship with the few people who don’t. Amani’s relationship with Maram’s betrothed Idris, though it has a touch of instalove, is a driving force for the story. Amani’s relationship with her captor, Maram, also drives the story. The evil in this story is not so black and white; most main characters fall into shades of gray. It makes the story so much more interesting than it could be.
The story itself doesn’t have much to it. Amani learns to be Maram. There is a rebel force brewing, but not much becomes of that in this story. There is a bit of interstellar travel, as this is one of those titles that qualifies as both fantasy and science fiction.
It’s a quick read, a diverse read, and an emotional read. I can’t wait to read more!