Spice Road Blog Tour Spotlight

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the Spice Road Blog Tour hosted by TBR & Beyond Tours!

About the Book

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: January 24th, 2023

Rep: Middle Eastern, Arabian, Lebanese

Content Warning: politics, colonialism


The first book in an epic fantasy series for fans of Sabaa Tahir, Hafsah Faizal and Elizabeth Lim, set in an Arabian-inspired land. Raised to protect her nation from the monsters lurking in the sands, seventeen-year-old Imani must fight to find her brother whose betrayal is now their greatest threat.

In the hidden desert city of Qalia, secret spice magic awakens affinities in those who drink the misra tea. With an affinity for iron, seventeen-year-old Imani wields a dagger like no other warrior, garnering her the reputation as the next greatest Shield for battling the dangerous djinn, ghouls, and other monsters that lurk in the sands beyond city limits.

Her reputation has been overshadowed, however, by her brother who tarnished the family name after he was discovered stealing their nation’s coveted spice – a tell-tale sign of magical obsession. He disappeared soon after, believed to have died beyond the Forbidden Wastes, and leaving Imani reeling with both betrayal and grief.

But when Imani uncovers evidence her brother may be alive and spreading their nation’s magic beyond the desert, she strikes a deal with the Council to find him and bring him back to Qalia before he can reveal the city’s location. Accompanied by Qayn, a roguish but handsome djinni, and Taha, a powerful beastseer whose magical talents are matched only by his arrogance, they set out on their mission.

Imani will soon discover there are many secrets that lie beyond the Forbidden Wastes – and in her own heart – but will she find her brother before his betrayals endanger the fate of all of Qalia?

In this epic and action-packed fantasy, one young heroine navigates the treacherous road between protecting the ones you love and staying loyal to the place you call home.

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Author Bio

Maiya Ibrahim is the debut author of SPICE ROAD, publishing January 24, 2023 from Delacorte Press and Hodder & Stoughton. She graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Technology Sydney. When she isn’t writing, reading, or spending time with her family, she enjoys video games, gardening, and expanding her collection of rare trading cards. She lives in Sydney, Australia.

She is represented by Peter Knapp of Park & Fine Literary and Media, Claire Wilson of RCW Literary, and Mary Pender-Coplan of United Talent Agency.

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Follow the Tour

January 23rd
paperbacktomes – Interview
The Litt Librarian – Promotional Post
Midsummer Night’s Read – Review
The Momma Spot – Review

January 24th
Stuck in Fiction – Promotional Post
Boys’ Mom Reads! – Review
Poppy Warphan – Review
Gwendalyn’s Books – Review

January 25th
Book Notes by Athina – Promotional Post
PopTheButterfly Reads – Promotional Post
Roopkathaa – Review
Book Trek – Review

January 26th
Hardcover Haven – Interview
Whimsical Dragonette – Review & Favorite Quotes
laura’s bookish life – Review
The Girl Who Reads – Review & Favorite Quotes

January 27th
The Book Dutchesses – Promotional Post
Brinns Books – Review
Confessions of a YA Reader – Review
heylittlesiren – Review

January 28th
What Cass Reads – Review
dinipandareads – Review & Favorite Quotes
Lit Lemon Books – Review
Reading Stewardess – Review

January 29th
Kait Plus Books – Interview
The Clever Reader – Promotional Post
The Ink Slinger – Review & Playlist
Books We Love – Review

Instagram Tour

January 23rd
writingrosereads – Promotional Post
thisreadergirl – Favorite Quotes
paperbacktomes – Content Creator’s Choice
thelittlibrarian – Promotional Post

January 24th
thebookwebb – Promotional Post
poppy_warphan – Content Creator’s Choice
gwendalyn_books – Content Creator’s Choice

January 25th
ninebookishlives – Promotional Post
get.outside.and.read – Top 5 Reasons to Read Spice Road
tinybooknest – Favorite Quotes
booknotes_athina – Content Creator’s Choice
popthebutterfly – Content Creator’s Choice

January 26th
silveryquills – Mood Board
hardcoverhaven – Content Creator’s Choice
laurasbookishlife1 – Content Creator’s Choice
bookstagramofmine – Content Creator’s Choice

January 27th
tbrandbeyond – Promotional Post
secretrhs05 – Review & Favorite Quotes
lisashelves – Review & Favorite Quotes
brinnsbooks – Content Creator’s Choice
heylittlesiren – Content Creator’s Choice

January 28th
belle.bookcorner – Review & Favorite Quotes
the_fantasy_assassin – 15 Reactions While Reading Spice Road
whatcassreads – Content Creator’s Choice
dinipandareads – Content Creator’s Choice

January 29th
theenchantedshelf – Review & Playlist
betweenhogwartsandvelaris – Promotional Post
aamnaiswriting_ – Content Creator’s Choice
bookswelovee – Content Creator’s Choice

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