Safi (This Is All Your Fault) transposes the myth of Robin Hood from Nottingham to Jerusalem in this addition to the Remixed Classics series, an imaginative retelling set during the height of the 12th-century Third Crusade. Rahma al-Hud, having joined older sister Zeena in fighting the war for the Holy Land, now wants nothing more than to return home safely. Headstrong Zeena, however, is determined to travel to Jerusalem and defend it from "False Queen Isabella." The two embark on a daring trek through the Holy Land, in the process adding a host of characters to their retinue. First comes Teni, a serene warrior clan mate of Genghis Khan; Jewish Andalusian scientist Viva; Majid, a charming childhood friend of Rahma's with ulterior motives; and John, a reserved English chaplain. The crew's modest ambitions soon explode into the greatest of responsibilities: attempting to defeat the ruthless queen and bring peace to the war-torn realm. Though the novel's meandering plot can slow its dramatic tension, it features a host of well-rounded characters—including Isabella, a nuanced villain whose own perspective appears throughout. Paired with an ethnically diverse cast, a strong, affectionate sibling relationship and touches of romance, queer and straight, lend warmth and humor to the narrative. Ages 13–up. Agent: Lauren MacLeod, Strothman Agency. (Mar.) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.
Two sisters, soldiers Zeena and Rahma, on their way to stop Jerusalem from falling into the wrong hands, come across a motley collection of fellow travelers, finding purpose and camaraderie in their company as danger swirls around them. 50,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.Review by Publisher Summary 2
In this reimagination of the legend of Robin Hood, Rahma al-Hud and her older sister Zeena travel to Jerusalem for a final mission, and on their way they assemble a ragtag band of misfits and get swept up in Holy Land politics.Review by Publisher Summary 3
A ragtag band of misfits gets swept up in Holy Land politics in Travelers Along the Way by Aminah Mae Safi, a thrilling YA remix of the classic legend of Robin Hood.Jerusalem, 1192. The Third Crusade rages on. Rahma al-Hud loyally followed her elder sister Zeena into the war over the Holy Land, but now that the Faranji invaders have gotten reinforcements from Richard the Lionheart, all she wants to do is get herself and her sister home alive.But Zeena, a soldier of honor at heart, refuses to give up the fight while Jerusalem remains in danger of falling back into the hands of the false Queen Isabella. And so, Rahma has no choice but to take on one final mission with her sister.On their journey to Jerusalem, Rahma and Zeena come across a motley collection of fellow travelers—including a kind-hearted Mongolian warrior, an eccentric Andalusian scientist, a frustratingly handsome spy with a connection to Rahma's childhood, and an unfortunate English chaplain abandoned behind enemy lines. The teens all find solace, purpose and camaraderie—as well as a healthy bit of mischief—in each other's company.But their travels soon bring them into the orbit of Queen Isabella herself, whose plans to re-seize power in Jerusalem would only guarantee further war and strife in the Holy Land for years to come. And so it falls to the merry band of misfits to use every scrap of cunning and wit (and not a small amount of thievery) to foil the usurper queen and perhaps finally restore peace to the land.Praise for Travelers Along the Way:"Rousing ... Wholly original in its cultural perspective and its centering of strong female characters. ... By creating an almost all-female cast, Safi makes women the heart of her story at a time when they were seen as a 'bargaining chip.'" —Shelf Awareness, starred review"If you love heists, found family, and stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, then put Aminah Mae Safi's heartfelt and humorous take on Robin Hood at the very top of your TBR." —Jodi Meadows, New York Times bestselling co-author of My Lady JaneReview by Publisher Summary 4
A ragtag band of misfits gets swept up in Holy Land politics in this thrilling YA remix of the classic legend of Robin Hood.