This book made me want to cheer!
Hejira by Deanna Stewart took me back to a setting, a genre that I had quite forgotten I enjoy reading.
The Author is very good at immersing you into the story. She delicately paints each scene with just the right amount of words which don’t leave you wound up or overwhelmed.
From the first page I was transported to ancient Persia with its bustling markets and I could smell the incense, admire the sparkling jewels and experience the market scene along with the characters.
The story follows the unlikeliest of heroines
Fatima and Isla. Their journey begins in the kingdom of Chabouk, in a time ripe with tyranny and oppression. Theirs is the tale of the grass is greener on the other-side. They live in a time where women are nothing more than bargaining chips for their fathers and husbands, to be used to gain power, riches, security etc.
Fatima after years of being what her marriage taught her to be realized she didn’t want the same pattern for her generation and in a last hurrah dared to risk it all in a Hejira that became legend.
Her and her little band of misfits teach us that strength can come from the weakest of places and freedom sometimes has to be taken not given.
I like that even though the book is set in ancient times, the themes are still quiet relevant today as women deal with various levels of equality and challenges.
I recommend this book to women of all ages and even men.