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By G. Willow Wilson

“G. Willow Wilson has a deft hand with fantasy and with magic, and the type of clever, sincere writing brain that knits jointly and bridges cultures and folks. you'll want to learn what she writes.”—Neil Gaiman, writer of Stardust and American Gods

“Driven by way of a sizzling ionic cost among better math and Arabian delusion, G. Willow Wilson evokes a story of literary appeal, political swap, and spiritual secret. Open the 1st web page and you'll be compelled to do its bidding: To learn on.”—Gregory Maguire, writer of Wicked and Out of Oz

In an unnamed heart japanese safeguard country, a tender Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients—dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and different watched groups—from surveillance and attempts to stick out of difficulty. He is going by way of Alif—the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a handy deal with to conceal at the back of. The aristocratic girl Alif loves has jilted him for a prince selected by way of her mom and dad, and his desktop has simply been breached through the state’s digital safety strength, placing his consumers and his personal neck at the line. Then it seems his lover’s new fiancé is the “Hand of God,” as they name the top of nation protection, and his henchmen come after Alif, riding him underground. while Alif discovers The Thousand and One Days, the key ebook of the jinn, which either he and the Hand suspect could unharness a brand new point of data know-how, the stakes are raised and Alif needs to fight for all times or loss of life, aided by means of forces obvious and unseen.

With colors of Neal Stephenson, Philip Pullman, and The Thousand and One Nights, Alif the Unseen is a journey de strength debut—a subtle melting pot of rules, philosophy, know-how, and spirituality smuggled within an impossible to resist page-turner.

“[A] Harry Potter-ish action-adventure romance [that] unfolds opposed to the backdrop of the Arab Spring. . . . Improbably captivating . . . A bookload of wizardry and glee.”—Janet Maslin, The long island Times

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My sister says she is familiar with you. ” “Knows me? ” Alif started to suppose frightened. “I might consider assembly an individual like her. ” “I should still imagine you'll. She says you gave her protect as soon as in the course of a sandstorm. ” Alif stared stupidly at Vikram. He opened his mouth, notion best of it, and closed it back. “I’ve been via your things,” persevered Vikram, placing away his tools. “As it seems, you’re mildly fascinating. You didn’t inform me you had a replica of the Alf Yeom. There are nearly none left within the seeing global. people aren’t presupposed to have it. i guess this is often one of many copies transcribed by means of these outdated Persian mystics? Naughty of you to be wearing it round this fashion. i may get you a really lovely expense for it. ” “You suggest the booklet? ” Vikram loped around the tent on all fours. He stopped in entrance of Alif and gave him a measuring glance. “Are you asserting you don’t recognize what this can be? ” He pulled Intisar’s e-book out of nowhere and tossed it in Alif’s lap. “Strange, as a person turns out to have annotated it for you. ” Alif frowned, taking a look from the ebook to Vikram and again. He opened the manuscript gingerly and leafed via it: tucked among the pages have been yellow Post-its coated in Intisar’s neat, upright script. “These needs to be notes for her thesis research,” he murmured. “I don’t comprehend. the woman who despatched me this instructed me she by no means desired to see me back. Why could she supply me anything so beneficial, specially if she wanted it herself? ” Vikram tilted his head to 1 aspect in a raptorlike movement. “Perhaps she desired to retain it out of somebody else’s arms. ” “I wager. ” Alif held the ebook as much as the sunshine and commenced to learn the 1st web page. * * * the dominion of Kashmir used to be heretofore ruled by means of a king known as Togrul. He had a son and a daughter who have been the beauty in their time. The prince, referred to as Farukhrus, or satisfied Day, used to be a tender hero whose many virtues rendered him well-known; Farukhuaz, or chuffed satisfaction, his sister, used to be a miracle of attractiveness. in brief, this princess used to be so gorgeous, and while so witty, that she charmed the entire males who beheld her; yet their love in spite of everything proved deadly, for the best a part of them misplaced their senses, in any other case fell into languishing and melancholy, which wasted them away insensibly. however, the celebrity of her good looks unfold throughout the East, in order that it was once quickly heard at Kashmir that ambassadors from such a lot courts of Asia have been coming to call for the princess in marriage. yet ahead of their arrival she had a dream that made mankind odious to her: she dreamed stag, being taken in a snare, was once added out of it by way of a hind and that later on, whilst the hind fell into an identical snare, the stag, rather than aiding her, fled away. Farukhuaz, whilst she woke up, was once struck with this dream, which she didn't regard because the phantasm of a wandering fancy yet believed that the nice Kesaya, an idol worshipped at Kashmir, had herself in her destiny and might have her comprehend through those representations that every one males are treacherous. they might go back not anything yet ingratitude for the tenderest affection of ladies.

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