Parents' Guide to

Spice Road, Book 1

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Arabian-inspired fantasy series off to an exciting start.

A woman draped in luxurious fabrics and showing only the lower half of her face seems to perform an incantation with hands glowing with blue magic.

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: Not yet rated
Kids say: Not yet rated

Fantasy fans will enjoy this exciting, intriguing new series set in an Arabian-inspired world. Spice Road has lots of action, adventure, and humor in a deeply and richly imagined world. Some of the writing is a little corny at first ("but it is not that day"), but debut author Maiya Ibrahim soon finds her own, solid voice. Teens will relate to Imani as her eyes are opened to new truths about herself, her world, and her place in it. The ending is sweetly satisfying while leaving the door wide open for continuing adventures.

Book Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate