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The Man or the Monster

The Man or the Monster

By Aamna Qureshi
Categories: Young Adult Fiction, Historical, Asia, Own Voices
Series: The Marghazar Trials
Imprint: CamCat Books
Audiobook : 9780744305609, August 2022
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780744305500, August 2022
Hardcover : 9780744305579, 320 pages, August 2022
Paperback (Large print edition) : 9780744305661, 448 pages, August 2022
Paperback : 9780744305494, 320 pages, July 2023

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In this sequel to The Lady or the Lion, Durkhanai grapples with the consequences of choosing her lover’s fate. But with war looming and her father’s vengeance threatening to engulf her, the fate of her kingdom once again lies in her hands.


She made her decision. Now she has to live with it.

Durkhanai Miangul sealed her lover’s fate when she sent him through a door where either a lady or a lion awaited him. But her decision was only the beginning of her troubles. Durkhanai worries that she might not be the queen her people need or deserve when conflict threatens her kingdom.

Her presumed-dead father comes back with a vengeance and wishes she join him in his cause. But her family’s denial of his revenge forces Durkhanai to take matters into her own hands and she must decide whether to follow the traditions of her forefathers or forge a new path on her own.


"The sequel to The Lady or the Lion (2021) delivers drama, romance, and adventure . . . The diversity and inclusivity of the first entry are continued and extended here . . . Living up to the success of its predecessor, a fitting end to a saga of royal intrigue." —Kirkus Reviews