Mirage is full of characters who feel like they existed long before the story began, and a rich world that is as beautiful as it is cruel. Somaiya Daud is a rare talent. A smart, romantic, exciting debut.” ―Veronica Roth, #1New York Times bestselling author of Divergent andCarve the Mark

School Library Journal, starred

This poetically written novel will appeal to many, particularly fans of Cinder by Marissa Meyer and An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. Verdict: This debut novel has what it takes to be the next big thing in sci-fi/fantasy.

ALA Booklist, starred

This gorgeously written, immersive, and captivating series starter is sure to have fans eager for a sequel.

“Lush and dangerous, Mirage had me entranced. Amani’s journey—from rural innocent to calculating young woman, from village girl to royal impersonator—is galactic. Daud’s novel asks, ‘what does it mean to impersonate your enemy?’ And the answer she provides here is nothing short of thrilling. I was here for all of it, and I desperately need to know what happens next.” — Tochi Onyebuchi, author of Beasts Made of Night and Crown of Thunder

“With its breathtaking worldbuilding and characters who grabbed me from the first page, Mirage is by turns thrilling and ruminative, sexy and heartbreaking. Somaiya Daud has written a moving and unforgettable debut.” — Sabaa Tahir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of An Ember in the Ashes


Daud’s debut novel, Mirage, has the flair of an Arthurian drama, the lavish sensory detail of a Nizar Qabbani poem, and the sleek technical flair of a sci-fi series. It’s a striking combination which, on paper, shouldn’t work at all. Yet this audacious combination is so skillfully done that it’ll shock breath into your lungs.


Suberb…Amani’s determination to survive is what defines the novel. And the way she uses her heritage to facilitate that survival makes Mirage a beautiful and necessary meditation on finding strength in one’s culture.

“Mirage had me enthralled from its first page to its last. It’s a a heart-wrenching, romantic, and exhilarating page-turner. Begin preparing yourselves for it now. Somaiya Daud is a brilliant writer and she has written a brilliant book.” — Courtney Summers, New York Times bestselling author of Sadie

“Daud is a masterful storyteller. MIRAGE gives readers an exquisitely wrought world with deft characters, death defying stakes & an aching romance. Bound to linger in your dreams.” — Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen

“A rich, dazzling, powerful debut. Somaiya Daud is an author to watch.” — Tahereh Mafi, New York Times bestselling author of the Shatter Me series and A Very Large Expanse of Sea

“Mirage is a fantastic book. It’s full of my favorite things: secrets, intrigue, gorgeous mythology, and complicated characters. It will break your heart and fill you with hope.” — Kat Howard, author of An Unkindness of Magicians

“Mirage is smart, sexy, and devilishly clever. Somaiya Daud has penned a tale worthy of all the stars in the sky, and I can’t wait to read what she writes next.” — Renée Ahdieh, author of The Wrath and the Dawn and A Flame in the Mist

“Somaiya Daud’s Mirage reads like the lushest of fantasies, set in an unforgettably immersive world that is both dangerous and impossibly lovely.” — Rosalyn Eves, author of Blood Rose Rebellion


“[Mirage] challenges the reader to observe futurism and science fiction in a unique cultural context where it is not commonly used.  Readers familiar with Moroccan culture find themselves constantly encountering values and traditions that are clearly Moroccan, while at the same time navigating the author’s magically engaging futuristic kingdom.”