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!Download Book ☫ Blood & Ink ♦ Kadija is the music loving daughter of a guardian of the sacred manuscripts of the ancient city of Timbuktu, MaliAli is a former shepherd boy, trained as a warrior for AllahTonight, the Islamist rebels are coming for Timbuktu They will install a harsh regime of law and tear apart the peaceful world within the mud walls of the city Television, football, radios, even music, will be bannedKadija refuses to let go of her former life And something in her defiance draws Ali to herWhich path will he choose Thank you Netgalley and Stephen Davies for a copy of this book I loved this book I know nothing about Sharia and Muslim Law and the true events that happened in Timbuktu in 2012 But the author wrote this in a way that made you want to find outwhat happened and didn t bore you with the all facts and although the story is part fiction and true facts the author made this story believable This was an easy read It reminded me a bit of Thousand splendid sons a bit.There was also a bit of ro Thank you Netgalley and Stephen Davies for a copy of this book I loved this book I know nothing about Sharia and Muslim Law and the true events that happened in Timbuktu in 2012 But the author wrote this in a way that made you want to find outwhat happened and didn t bore you with the all facts and although the story is part fiction and true facts the author made this story believable This was an easy read It reminded me a bit of Thousand splendid sons a bit.There was also a bit of romance in this story between Ali who is a soldier in an islamic group in Timbuktu, with his own radical views and Kadija, who loves her family and friends and would give anything to be a Guardian to protect the sacred manuscripts that has been in her family for generations Their bonds grows when Kadija is taken away to be lashed Ali fears for her life.I really enjoyed this book and actually learnt quite a bit on how Sharia law and how the troubles started and how you can find the best of people even if you don t think so at first glance Blood and Ink is a book that I can t say that I enjoyed, but I did find it important and educational It covers the true story of what happened in Timbuktu in 2012 The story is told in alternating points of view, one being that of a local resisting the invasion, and the other being that of a young fighter for a branch of Al Qaeda It s well written and really made me think about what is going through the minds of those suffering in these situations Even though it takes place in our recent pa Blood and Ink is a book that I can t say that I enjoyed, but I did find it important and educational It covers the true story of what happened in Timbuktu in 2012 The story is told in alternating points of view, one being that of a local resisting the invasion, and the other being that of a young fighter for a branch of Al Qaeda It s well written and really made me think about what is going through the minds of those suffering in these situations Even though it takes place in our recent past, it s just as important today.This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher Disclaimer I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from the publisher, Andersen Press.I went into this, honestly, think that I wouldn t like it too much but wanting to expand the genres I read and I am so glad I did.As someone who doesn t watch the news, I only knew the bear minimum about this topic but the level of research that went into this novel really showed in the plot and the detail Stephen Davies explains how much was based on fact in the afterword and it is sta Disclaimer I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from the publisher, Andersen Press.I went into this, honestly, think that I wouldn t like it too much but wanting to expand the genres I read and I am so glad I did.As someone who doesn t watch the news, I only knew the bear minimum about this topic but the level of research that went into this novel really showed in the plot and the detail Stephen Davies explains how much was based on fact in the afterword and it is staggering how he managed to use horrific real life events into a novel which is full of morals and messages, yet shows both sides, the Sufi of Timbuktu and the Defenders of Islam This portrayal of both sides really made for a rounded plot.The fact that this book could be considered Young Adult actually helped my understanding and enjoyment of it an adult book on the same topics could go down a very violent or gory route which would be much too graphic for my tastes but I think the way it was handled made the reader understand the impact of the topics discussed without the need for shock factor It also emphasised the ages of the boys in mujahid gang.Overall I would definitely recommend this novel It makes for an action packed but historically significant novel that grips you from beginning to end.4 out of 5 stars Basic Keywords and Intro Romeo Juliet meets Terrorism Are you cringing yet A Historical Fiction Novel The 2012 coup in Timbuktu, Mali Ali belongs to the Defenders of Faith movement Ali begins to fall in love with Kadi What would he chose Love or Faith Points to address A Where do I even start Oh, read this quote from the book He was a handsome young man and fiercely intelligent He talked very elegantly about purity and law But then he began to talk about killing Killing infide Basic Keywords and Intro Romeo Juliet meets Terrorism Are you cringing yet A Historical Fiction Novel The 2012 coup in Timbuktu, Mali Ali belongs to the Defenders of Faith movement Ali begins to fall in love with Kadi What would he chose Love or Faith Points to address A Where do I even start Oh, read this quote from the book He was a handsome young man and fiercely intelligent He talked very elegantly about purity and law But then he began to talk about killing Killing infidels Not just infidels Muslims This statement implies that if only Infidels were being killed, then it would have been okay This is absolutely untrue, but let me explainBy doing that, the author categorized Muslims into 2 groups, terrorists Normal people.That is bullshit, but I will play along Normal people discovered that Defenders of Faith terrorists weren t only going to kill infidels, but they are going kill Muslims as well Only then, they viewed this as a problem This implies that even Normal People kind of Muslims approve of killing infidels This means that Muslims are basically violent, shitty people That is why I am going to take sentences from the book, and explain why is that incorrect.B The 2nd part of the quote mentioned above Not just infidels Muslims He told me that anyone who commits adultery should be put to death, as should anyone who abandons the five daily prayers This is another classic example of when non muslims look at the surface of the ocean , then I assume they know everything Like no, you need to dive in to understand what you are talking about So the surface here is Muslims who commit adultery should be put to death Dive in There is criteria that has to be fulfilled in order for that to happen The person committing Adultery is married, so they are cheating on their partner.1 There should be three witnesses.2 Those three witnesses must have seen the entire intercourse, up until climaxing.3 They saw it with their own eyes, so things like video and pictures don t count.4 If only one of the three witnesses wanted to report that, while the other two didn t, then that person shouldn t report what he,she, they saw.5 f that person goes and reports, then that person will be punished Now with the praying part Praying is an essential part of being a muslim, and if you don t, you are probably going to be punished for it Punished by GOD, and not another human being.C Terrorism has no religion I know that many terrorism groups claim to be murdering and spreading chaos in the name of God, but all of the religions that I know of are against killing innocent people Here are some Islamic laws that should be followed during war image error Those are forbidden even during War WAR, where all leaders claim that in War, all is fair I know that people who kill in the name of God do exist, but those aren t muslims They might claim that they are, but they aren t The moment you kill someone innocent, you are no longer a Muslim I feel like I need to mention this in my review because of that statement But then he began to talk about killing Killing infidels Not just infidels Muslims So yes, I know that what happened in Timbuktu was an act of terrorism A terrorism that was done by people who claim that they are doing that in the name of Allah But since neither the author nor his normal people characters tried to explain that those people don t represent Islam, I had to do it myself., I had to do it myself.D If a boy is thinking about proposing marriage to a girl, he is allowed to look at her unveiled, to help him decide, I mean This is something that one of boys of the Defenders of Faith told Ali, quoting something that Jabir ibn Abdullah did I looked for this everywhere, but didn t find anything If you know its source, then please let me know For now, here is what I know Men in Islam are supposed to always lower their gaze when a woman passes by, which means no staring at her their face, body figure, etc Many Muslims however, don t do that So if someone wants to marry a girl, they are allowed to look at her them If she they is veiled, then she they stays veiled.They can look at the woman s face, and whatever else that is showing In Blood and ink, being veiled also included covering the face If that is the case, then yes, the women can reveal their face, but let me just say that covering the face isn t a MuST DO thing in Islam.E Fatimata puts her hands over her eyes as if in prayer Timbuktu is Muslim, she shouts, but the women of Timbuktu do not walk veiled I understand that if someone is forcing something on someone, they might do something like that, but that statement just gave me bad vibes Here is the picture that the author, from my perspective, has painted Basically normal people muslims are not extremist, so they are anti hijab As is in modernized muslims don t wear hijab, which is super lame No matter where you go, you will always find some Muslims who are veiled, and some Muslims who don t wear the hijab Wearing or not wearing the Hijab doesn t make you any less of a Muslim.Things I liked Learning about the 2012 coup that happened in Timbuktu, Mali.Things I didn t like How the story implies that Muslims are bad news How a story about Muslims was written and shared from the Western World perspective The Love vs Faith concept How the book was marketed as an educational book for children.And I am finally done I have been procrastinating writing a review for this book for so long I am glad that it is finally over.I received an eARC in exchange with an honest review Book provided for an honest review through NetgalleyThis book was unexpectedly good I know I ve said that before about other books, but honestly The story that this book tells is not what I usually go for when reading anything, but there was something about this one that attracted my attention from day one I learned so much about all the issues countries in the middle east and all these things that are so relevant right now, it was an unexpected learning journey and I m so glad books like t Book provided for an honest review through NetgalleyThis book was unexpectedly good I know I ve said that before about other books, but honestly The story that this book tells is not what I usually go for when reading anything, but there was something about this one that attracted my attention from day one I learned so much about all the issues countries in the middle east and all these things that are so relevant right now, it was an unexpected learning journey and I m so glad books like this are written.Really recommend it Netgalley copy in exchange for an honest review This book is an important one, and the story is one we read in the news rather than in novels It is based on real facts, to which the author applied its own characters and plot lines, but the essence is real, and it feels real.I really liked the characters, in all their flaws and their peculiarities and vice They are far from being good people at times, but they are raw, honest and they truly believe in their own right thing to do The rawness Netgalley copy in exchange for an honest review This book is an important one, and the story is one we read in the news rather than in novels It is based on real facts, to which the author applied its own characters and plot lines, but the essence is real, and it feels real.I really liked the characters, in all their flaws and their peculiarities and vice They are far from being good people at times, but they are raw, honest and they truly believe in their own right thing to do The rawness of the situation, the despair and the inevitability of the action puts the reader face to face with reality and I could not help but fear for what would happen, while being afraid of reading on because it felt too real and intense.As you might have gathered by now, it read very easily and it had the right amount of action to quieter moments The emotions were vivid and bright, the writing had a great pace and I flew through the pages Review by Jack Year 10Blood and Ink is hard to classify It is very much in the style of historical fiction, but describes events from just 2012 Also there are elements of war, romance, adventure and even theology Blood and Ink charts the relationship between Ali, a soldier with an Islamic extremist organisation attacking Timbuktu and Kadija, the daughter of a moderate Muslim who is a guardian of local religious texts in the ancient city.Ali was drawn from his remote village by Redbeard s Review by Jack Year 10Blood and Ink is hard to classify It is very much in the style of historical fiction, but describes events from just 2012 Also there are elements of war, romance, adventure and even theology Blood and Ink charts the relationship between Ali, a soldier with an Islamic extremist organisation attacking Timbuktu and Kadija, the daughter of a moderate Muslim who is a guardian of local religious texts in the ancient city.Ali was drawn from his remote village by Redbeard s a real terrorist fervour and promises of glory On the other side of the besieged city s walls Kadija and her father are working to save their traditional religious texts The contrast between these two lives is perfectly captured in the excellent title, Blood Ink The insight into jihadism offered by this book makes it an educational resource as much as anything else.Kadija s father is my favourite character because he is brave but not rash, planning every move and being consistently loyal to his family and religion The best part of the story is, in my opinion, the old fashioned adventure section where Kadiji evades the authorities as she attempts to smuggle the precious writings to safety As Ali chases after her with an uncertain mixture of motives, the tale gathers pace.This is a very good book with which it was really hard to find any problems at all Within the wider storyline, an ending or epilogue featuring Redbeard might have been an improvement, but he is a real person, and I entirely understand and agree with the historical accuracy reasons for not doing this.I really enjoyed this book and I am going to look for other books by the author to read.I give Blood and Ink 5 5 stars This review was originally posted on un Conventional Bookviews Blood and Ink mesmerised me Very well done, mixing actual events and fiction, showing the differences in muslim faiths, how some are stricter than others, and what was done by a people to rise against their oppressors Story I was transported by Blood and Ink, through the way it unfolded two sides of a story How it showed two sides of a war Two sides of a religion How good and bad can be blurred, and how difficult it is to c This review was originally posted on un Conventional Bookviews Blood and Ink mesmerised me Very well done, mixing actual events and fiction, showing the differences in muslim faiths, how some are stricter than others, and what was done by a people to rise against their oppressors Story I was transported by Blood and Ink, through the way it unfolded two sides of a story How it showed two sides of a war Two sides of a religion How good and bad can be blurred, and how difficult it is to change sides once a stance is taken Because the story is based on true events, I think it was very realistic Even ficionalised history can be well done, and I found the way everything unfolded to be enlightening.Taking a village under siege, radical muslims raise againstmoderate ones And they change the law Little by little, one of the followers, a young boy who managed to help his brethren over the wall realizes that some of the things he knows about his religion and what is practiced by their leader don t really mesh.There is opposition, a lot of courage, and a strong sense of loyalty among the villagers Characters Kadi isn t supposed to become the new guardian of the sacred texts, but she almost is anyway She feels alive in the musty cellar where the history of her village is hidden.Ali thinks he fights for God That s what he s heard for months of training, and he is happy when they finally move forward to start to fight Until people die, that is.There are side characters that are well fleshed out on both sides, and I think it made my comprehension of what is happening in some places in the world much better Writing style Blood and Ink is written in first person point of view, past tense Some chapters are from Kadi s perspective, others from Ali s Feels All the feels with Blood and Ink It really does convey both the hope and the despair very well The righteousness of the leader, and the strong sense of belonging and history with the villagers.I love this sound of exploding bottles It is the sound of purity and wisdom, the sound of God returning to Timbuktu.Our very first song will be the political song, Alla Le Ke It tells the story of two princes in a kingdom called Tumana One brother stoe the chieftaincy from the other and banished him from the land Eventually the rightful heir returned and the cieftaincy was given back to him I received this book for free via Goodreads First Reads.All I can say is wow.The book is young adult and definitely not a fairy tale Set around real events in 2012 and very well researched it is, an always pleasant read it is not Radicalised Muslims are hard to understand in print or in person and the author has given this a good go here I could do an entire review just based on one of the character s hatred of perfume, music and football They might be haram to a brainwashed Muslim who h I received this book for free via Goodreads First Reads.All I can say is wow.The book is young adult and definitely not a fairy tale Set around real events in 2012 and very well researched it is, an always pleasant read it is not Radicalised Muslims are hard to understand in print or in person and the author has given this a good go here I could do an entire review just based on one of the character s hatred of perfume, music and football They might be haram to a brainwashed Muslim who has not fully understood the Qu ran They are not to the majority of the world To read of radicalised Muslims dishonouring the dead too is hard going as is reading about having someone lashed for not wearing a veil or due to the lies of a radicalised leader I am definitely not a Muslim sympathiser as I treat Islam the same as any religion and think they all believe in fairy tales but this book shows the worst of Islam a lot.The irony of a radicalised Muslim wanting to destroy all superstition is not lost on me either All in all I give great credit to the author for how he has written this book It is a brave book that says what many will not dare say The ending worked yet was a tad unbelievable.I normally say who I would recommend a book to in a review I am not going to with this one It deserves to be read but I am not sure who would get the most benefit or enjoyment out of it