The Falcon’s Heart by Diana Green

A good fantasy novel in an Arabian Nights-like setting.

What was the book about?
After the merciless and power-hungry local pasha Asab Kah Akbah had her father killed, Jehan had to fend for herself and became the Falcon, a good-hearted outlaw. So when her cousin, the only family she has left, is emprisoned in the pasha’s jail, she has to try everything to free him. Including taking the pasha’s daughter hostage. Saba hates her life in the palace, especially since the only person (other than her uncle) who ever cared for her was taken away for using her magic. Being kidnapped is not how she envisioned gaining her freedom, but it gives her the opportunity to discover what life can be.

Featured Tropes
Magic; Princesses & outlaws

Book Strengths
The author did a good job at setting the world in which the story takes place but it’s got a déjà vu feel – think One Thousand and One Nights. It is however very suited to a fantasy story where a princess and an outlaw encounter magic and scary creatures.

I enjoyed accompanying Saba on her journey and watching her come into her powers and discovering herself. The chemistry between her and Jehan is convincing, and their relationship is what I liked best. 

The writing is really good too.

Book Weaknesses
I don’t know why exactly but I never felt really invested in the story. 

Character Chemistry
The first time Jehan sees Saba, the princess is dancing and Jehan is entirely and unexpectedly smitten. There’s definite instalust, which turns into respect once she gets to know Saba. A prisoner in her father’s palace has left Saba pretty much ignorant of all matters of the heart so she doesn’t recognize immediately her feelings for the other woman, why she’s so affected by the smallest touch or a fleeting look.

Wrap up
This is Diana Green’s first WLW novel, and I’m definitely looking forward to the next one.


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