Tuesday 12 March 2019

The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson - A Review

Today we are going to talk about the book The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson that comes out today (12th January 2019). You find the name of the author familiar to you and that is because she is the author of the comic Ms Marvel.

I read The Bird King in an ARC form courtesy of Netgalley and the publisher Grove Press. 

It is set in 1491 during the reign of the last sultanate in the Iberian peninsula, and it is the story of Fatima, the only remaining Circassian concubine to the sultan, and her dearest friend Hassan, the palace mapmaker. Hassan has a secret. He can draw maps of places he's never seen and bend the shape of reality. 
When representatives of the newly formed Spanish monarchy arrive to negotiate the sultan's surrender, Fatima befriends one of the women, not realizing that she will see Hassan's gift as sorcery and a threat to Christian Spanish rule. With their freedoms at stake, Fatima will risk a lot to save Hassan and escape the palace walls.
As Fatima and Hassan traverse Spain with the help of a clever jinn to find safety, the book asks us to consider what love is and the price of freedom at a time when the West and the Muslim world were not yet separate.

I really liked this book and I am glad I read it. I like the story and how it progresses and also the way the author combines some historical facts and mythology with fantasy elements and makes it look natural. The characters and the world - building are  also very good. 
I really liked the friendship that is developed between our main characters. The writing is magical and beautiful. 

One negative thing I can  say is that the book is really slow paced, especially at some points. Despite that is a very good book with a well structured story that I recommend you should read. 

You can buy this book from Book Depository using this link (affiliate link)


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