Warning: This post contains spoilers for book nine of The Genie Whisperer, The Three R’s of Genie Whispering. If you haven’t finished it yet, you might want to move along until you’ve finished that book :)  

Inspiration

I think many readers who started out loving Tavor have been kind of side-eying him for a while now. He’s not always honest with Ali, he’s got other genies also hiding things from her, he’s a bit manipulative, etc. Some readers have been waiting for a reckoning, and all of that comes to a head in book nine. In Tavor’s desperation to make sure nothing gets in the way of genie freedom, he decides he’ll make sure Ali herself doesn’t become a distraction by forcing her to make the choice he thinks she should. 

I don’t expect any readers to agree with his actions. For one, Ali is the main point of view character of the series, which puts people on her side because this is her story being told. For two, somewhat ironically, one of the themes of this series is the universal right to free will, regardless of whether people will use that free will for good or ill. And then Tavor comes along and tries to take away the free will of the very being who’s sacrificed so much to give him free will. 

BUT (and this is an important but) Tavor has been enslaved for two thousand years, he’s recently discovered that genie enslavement only happened because his people were betrayed by their own descendants, and this is very likely genies’ only chance at freedom. Literally, because genies can’t even die to escape their slavery that way. While this list doesn’t excuse his actions, I do hope it’s something readers keep in mind as they condemn him. 

His actions certainly got a negative reaction from the other genies who know and believe in Ali, but when you’re talking the genie race in general . . . the vast majority of them would side with Tavor. They would agree that genies are too possessive to risk any sort of romantic relationships, given the current situation, and above all else they would want their freedom, no matter the cost, let alone at the cost of the free will of a single human. 

That said, I don’t blame any readers a bit for being upset with Tavor. (Even if some genies would consider him a hero . . .) So now we’re left in a situation where Tavor will have to work hard to regain Ali (and readers’) affections. But that’s one of the fun challenges of writing :) 

And with my new expedited publishing schedule, you don’t even have to wait that long to see how everything plays out!