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this book, THIS BOOK!!! it was literally everything i wanted and MORE!! like no matter what, i couldn’t predict what would happen next, and it just had my head SPINNING, i literally couldn’t breathe, couldn’t put the book down AT ALL!!‘ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The first book in an epic young adult romantic fantasy series set in an Arabian-inspired land with secret spice magic and a rivals-to-lovers romance.

The desert city Qalia has shielded its existence – and the secrets of its magic misra tea – from outsiders for generations.

But when her brother disappears into the Forbidden Wastes, soldier Imani joins the mission sent to find him – before he can expose Qalia’s magic, and face punishment for his crime.

Accompanied by her rival, the devastatingly handsome Taha, Imani soon discovers that many secrets lie beyond the shifting desert sands, and in her own heart.

Caught between her duty to her nation, her love for her brother and her growing feelings for Taha, Imani must decide where her loyalties lie . . . before it’s too late.


WOW! Spice Road had me hooked right from the start. It’s got lots of wonderful story elements all coming together to form one epic tale‘ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘I’m so excited for book 2 which I most definitely will be buying because this has to be one of my favourite books this year!‘ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘This is such a beautiful book! Incredible world building meets phenomenal, nuanced characters with a plot full of growth and betrayal. I genuinely couldn’t put it down‘ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Ayana Gray, New York Times bestselling author of Beasts of Prey
An epic, sand-swept adventure
Amélie Wen Zhao, author of Blood Heir
With an enchanting world of tea magic and desert monsters and a thrilling quest helmed by a girl whose wit is sharper than her blades, Maiya Ibrahim's Spice Road is a fantasy you don't want to miss
Dana Swift, author of Cast in Firelight
Magic-fueled and action packed, Spice Road takes an epic quest and fills it with secrets, scorching betrayals, and a spellbinding magic system. Prepare to sink into the pages and never want to leave
Kirkus, starred review
A beautifully written, surprise-filled page-turner
Lynette Noni, author of The Prison Healer series
With vivid world-building and epic action scenes, SPICE ROAD is a gripping fantasy adventure that YA readers are going to love!
London Shah, award-winning author of the Light the Abyss series
Come, let the mysterious Spice Road sweep you away. Spirited characters, compelling societies, critical subject matter, and a riveting plot all scheme to ensure a soul-stirring journey
Claire M. Andrews, author of the Daughter of Sparta trilogy
A rich, fresh-voiced fantasy, Ibrahim weaves a masterful tale of family and adventure. Readers will devour the pages like a perfectly spiced tea and be left burning for more
Publishers Weekly
Imani's introspective voice, rendered in Ibrahim's lush prose, propels a deliberately plotted adventure populated by magnetic characters. Overflowing with culturally specific details and set in a fictional, Arabian-inspired world, this high-octane adventure maintains a steady clip toward a scintillating conclusion
Spice Road is an intriguing and adventure-filled Arabian-inspired tale that weaves together a fascinating magic system, complex characters and the complicated bonds of family
Shelf Awareness, Starred Review
Spellbinding magic, lush description and whirlwind action define Maiya Ibrahim's YA debut
Maiya Ibrahim packs a lot into her debut YA novel ... Ibrahim effectively communicates the intense, unfiltered emotions of her teenage heroine and crafts a richly detailed world around her
Step into a brand new world inspired by Arabia in the first novel in a sprawling fantasy series
The age of the protagonists inevitably means this book is being marketed as YA. It's certainly an excellent read for a teenager. That said, older readers will find it entirely satisfying as well, particularly those who prefer an absence of explicit 'adult content'. Rest assured that doesn't mean there's any lack of emotional depth

The Spice Road Trilogy