The Man or the Monster by Aamna Qureshi

The Man or the Monster

The Marghazar Trials #2

Aamna Qureshi

320 pages first pub 2022 (editions)

fiction fantasy historical romance young adult emotional sad tense medium-paced


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 tha...

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Community Reviews Summary of 36 reviews


emotional 100%
adventurous 62%
tense 62%
sad 50%
challenging 25%
dark 25%
funny 25%
hopeful 25%
inspiring 25%
mysterious 25%
informative 12%
reflective 12%
relaxing 12%


medium 45%
fast 36%
slow 18%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 66% | Character: 16% | Plot: 16%

Strong character development?

No: 50% | Yes: 50%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 100%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 80% | It's complicated: 20%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 100%

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