Review: These Infinite Threads by Tahereh Mafi


Alizeh and Kamran’s lives are thrown into chaos when they share a passionate kiss, breaking down the walls between them. The death of Kamran’s grandfather, the king of Ardunia, reveals a terrible secret about his deal with the devil, leaving the kingdom in turmoil. Alizeh, the long-lost heir to an ancient Jinn kingdom, is taken by Cyrus, the ruler of neighboring Tulan, who has his own devilish deal in place. Alizeh is torn between her feelings for Kamran and her duty to her people as she contemplates Cyrus’ offer to help her reclaim the Jinn throne. Meanwhile, Kamran is trying to rebuild his kingdom and seeks revenge against those who betrayed him. He travels to Tulan, hoping to find Alizeh there, but is unsure of what he will find.


I have come to realize that Tahereh Mafi possesses excellent writing skills. Although not as lengthy as This Woven Kingdom, These Infinite Threads is remarkably well-written. Despite some flaws in the plot, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and was able to complete it in only two sittings.

In These Infinite Threads, Alize displayed traits of insecurity, vulnerability, impulsiveness, and quick judgement, which some may argue is a regression from her character in the previous book. However, I personally found this change of pace to be enjoyable because I can relate to it. In This Woven Kingdom, Alize was portrayed as calculated, strong, and stubborn, which is often the expectation for women in positions of power, particularly in male-dominated environments. We are often told to never show any weakness or vulnerability in order to avoid being looked down upon or taken advantage of. While there is some truth to this, I believe that embracing one’s fragility and vulnerability can actually make us stronger, more resilient, and better equipped to bounce back from setbacks. Therefore, I don’t see anything wrong with Mafi portraying Alize in this light, as I trust that she will bring back the character’s badass qualities in the next installment.

Goodness gracious! Kamran was a character that I detested in this book. He exhibited impulsive, entitled, and foolish behavior throughout the entire story. I was appalled by how he set up a twelve-year-old child to fail and then had the audacity to complain about his own disappointment. Furthermore, his treatment of Miss Huda, a vulnerable woman with body image and self-esteem issues, was completely unacceptable and seemed to stem from his anger towards Alize. It pains me to say this, but I reluctantly found myself agreeing with the Defense Minister’s assessment that Kamran was not fit to assume the responsibilities of a ruler.

Attention everyone! We have a new Rhysand in the house! I could have said we have a new Warner, but Cyrus gave off strong Rhysand vibes, and their pasts had uncanny similarities. Nevertheless, it’s safe to say that I am head over heels for Cyrus. He had a captivating personality, with traits such as sarcasm, unpredictability, humor, vulnerability, and relatability. To top it all off, he was undeniably sexy!

The way in which Alize’s journey was continued in this book was expertly done and had a seamless flow. However, in my opinion, the pacing felt hurried. It’s important to note that the entirety of the events in the book take place in just two days. While I enjoyed the insta-love trope, I would have appreciated it more if Mafi had taken more time to develop the romance between Alize and Cyrus, making it feel more substantial in the long run. Another major issue with the story was that there was a lack of significant events. As a result, it could be argued that These Infinite Threads acted as a filler book in the series, allowing for a stronger foundation to be laid in future installments.

Nonetheless, I’m thrilled and eagerly anticipating the next installment!



Beautiful Covers of This Woven Kingdom Series

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