Nafiza Reads: The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi

Today I’m pleased to present to you a somewhat discordant reading of The Gauntlet by dearest friend Karuna Riazi. I don’t know if I have done justice to her beautiful words but I tried! Even with the interruptions.

Hardcover, 298 pages
Published March 28th 2017 by Salaam Reads / Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers

A trio of friends from New York City find themselves trapped inside a mechanical board game that they must dismantle in order to save themselves and generations of other children in this action-packed debut that’s a steampunk Jumanji with a Middle Eastern flair.

When twelve-year-old Farah and her two best friends get sucked into a mechanical board game called The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand—a puzzle game akin to a large Rubik’s cube—they know it’s up to them to defeat the game’s diabolical architect in order to save themselves and those who are trapped inside, including her baby brother Ahmed. But first they have to figure out how.

Under the tutelage of a lizard guide named Henrietta Peel and an aeronaut Vijay, the Farah and her friends battle camel spiders, red scorpions, grease monkeys, and sand cats as they prepare to face off with the maniacal Lord Amari, the man behind the machine. Can they defeat Amari at his own game…or will they, like the children who came before them, become cogs in the machine?

I hope you enjoy Episode 4!

 

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