The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi (The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi #1) by S.A Chakraborty

The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi

Reading (and writing) are one of the few joys that I derive from this world, so it’s always difficult when life’s difficulties pull you temporarily away from it, and then you struggle to get back in.

Thankfully, I’ve yet to come across a hurdle to take me permanently away from this hobby. So, I keep reading and enjoying stories such as this one.


The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi is the tale of a legendary pirate brought out of retirement against her will. A lot’s also at stake- her reputation as a fearsome nakhuda, her relationship with her former colleagues, her life, and her family.

Dragged into a mission well beyond her capabilities, she must acknowledge that sheer wits and brawn will not be enough to face this foe. What role will magic play in her quest? Will it be enough? And even more, what will be the price?

My Thoughts

I’ve always enjoyed Chakraborty’s unique blend of Mytho-Fantasy – a mix of Arabian/Islamic myths and history with her own undoubted talent. Indeed, she’s one of my top-recommended fantasy authors for newbies.

The world the story is set in, the 12th-century middle east, is equal parts alluring and dangerous- every bit as exotic as the fanciest, dreamed-up world in fantasy world-building.

S.A Chakraborty described this book as a “joyous” read, at I affirm that it certainly reflects all of those vibes.

The story is told with much of the swashbuckling gusto you’d expect of something from Sebastien De Castell. The MC and supporting cast are cunning, devil-daring and fiercely loyal.

We get to see the MC not just as a ferocious nakhuda but also as a mother with fears and concerns for the well-being of her family.

She’s also depicted as a friend with deep love and loyalty to her friends. Nevertheless, there’s much inner conflict, as she has to contend with several choices she made in the past.

I wish the author well and pray to Allah that she overcomes her present struggles and comes out stronger, just like the brave character she depicted so brilliantly.


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