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The Bird King characters ↠ 7 New from the award winning author of Alif the Unseen and writer of the Ms Marvel series G Willow WilsonSet in 1491 during the reign of the last sultanate in the Iberian peninsula The Bird King is the story of Fatima the only remaining Circassian concubine to the sultan and her dearest friend Hassan the palace mapmaker. Plot 35 Characters 45 Writing 55The Bird King was a historical fantasy book set in 1491 in Granada the last emirate of Muslim Spain There were many things I liked about it however there were also many things I disliked that s why I gave it three starsIt was about Fatima a Circassian concubine who fled from the palace of Granada with her childhood friend Hassan who could make magical maps that altered the layout of places in real life They were escaping from the Spanish Inuisition who wanted Hassan dead as they claimed he was a sorcerer They went on a sprawling journey through Spain with the help of the jinn and people they met along the way to seek refuge in Mount af a mythical place which they had read about in a poem called The Conference of the Birds that was supposedly ruled by The Bird KingI liked the way Fatima pursued the hope of a better life and took her life into her own hands She definitely came a long way in the book as she went from a sheltered girl to a fierce woman who knew her own worth However she was a bit annoying at times and the entire book was from her perspective so that did frustrate me slightlyThe plot of the book was very very slow paced and although the writing was simply gorgeous there were lots of things that happened that just felt a bit unnecessary and could have easily been missed out without affecting the understanding of the story and characters Also many parts of the book were really confusing and even when I reread the same bit again and again I still had no idea what was going on The magic was barely explained and the ending happened so uickly I barely understood what was happeningI loved the message of the book though It was a message of tolerance Whether you re searching for Mount af or Avalon or Antillia it s all the same we all just want to have peaceful safe lives no matter which name you give it The book showed people from all corners of the world who were completely different living in peace without any hate and that s the kind of world we have to try to create We re all humans no matter what we believe or look like and that s what matters mostThank you to Grove Press and G Willow Wilson for providing me with an e arc of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review All opinions expressed are entirely my own BLOG

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The Bird King characters ↠ 7 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. I was a huge fan of Wilson s 2012 debut novel Alif the Unseen I loved her heady concoction of Middle Eastern fantasy and modern hacker culture woven into a truly uniue and spell binding tale I have been waiting for seven years for her second novel and here it is at lastIt started out in a promising fashion Set in Granada in 1491 Fatima is a concubine in the court of the sultan She is a possession and has little freedom but manages to befriend the royal mapmaker Hassan has an unusual gift he is able to alter reality with the detailed maps he draws Hassan and Fatima become good friends and find comfort in each other s company but word of Hassan s gift travels to the court of King Ferdinand and ueen Isabella of Spain The emissaries of the Spanish Inuisition are sent to Granada to learn about this Muslim sorcerer who could be a threat to Christian rule Fearing for Hassan s life Fatima urges him to flee with her and flee they do along with a few unusual characters to guide their way One of the characters is a recycled protagonist from Alif Here s the thing I love Wilson s imagination but the storyline became increasingly random and unmoored It felt very much like she was making it all up on the fly and had no idea herself where she was going with her story The longer it went on the muddier and convoluted the plot becameA 3 for me a ton of potential interesting characters and some good world building but an ultimately aimless and strangely un affecting epic journey I liked it but didn t love it Here s hoping her next book is back to Alif level storytelling Thanks to NetGalley and Grove Atlantic for an ARC of this novel My review however is based on the hardcover edition Tempted by the Moon Moonlight Shifters #2 into a truly uniue and spell binding tale I have been waiting for seven years for her second novel and here Charmeine The Light Bearer #1 it Micah Damage Control #1 is at lastIt started out Shadow Claw in a promising fashion Set Jealous And Freakn' in Granada A Language in Space: The Story of Israeli Sign Language in 1491 Fatima Signing Bonus (Chicago #3) is a concubine Elke dag je hoofd en inbox leeg in the court of the sultan She Fly Fishing Lakes for Crappies and Bluegills is a possession and has little freedom but manages to befriend the royal mapmaker Hassan has an unusual gift he The Russians Dangerous Game Friendship #2 is able to alter reality with the detailed maps he draws Hassan and Fatima become good friends and find comfort The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Vol. 2 (2) in each other s company but word of Hassan s gift travels to the court of King Ferdinand and ueen Isabella of Spain The emissaries of the Spanish Inuisition are sent to Granada to learn about this Muslim sorcerer who could be a threat to Christian rule Fearing for Hassan s life Fatima urges him to flee with her and flee they do along with a few unusual characters to guide their way One of the characters His Teddy Bear is a recycled protagonist from Alif Here s the thing I love Wilson s Billabong Adventurers imagination but the storyline became Painful Tears increasingly random and unmoored It felt very much like she was making Kendine İyi Bak Enneagram ile Kişilik Analizi it all up on the fly and had no Taken by Niagara Falls (Taken by Things, Book 2) idea herself where she was going with her story The longer La musiue des angesS'ouvrir au meilleur de soi it went on the muddier and convoluted the plot becameA 3 for me a ton of potential Estrena optimismo / Debut Your Optimism (Psicología) interesting characters and some good world building but an ultimately aimless and strangely un affecting epic journey I liked Sudoku Puzzles for the Weekend it but didn t love Mécanismes hydrauliques et pneumatiques - 9e éd (Technique et ingénierie) it Here s hoping her next book Aime-toi, la vie taimera (Docs/récits/essais) is back to Alif level storytelling Thanks to NetGalley and Grove Atlantic for an ARC of this novel My review however Thread Folk is based on the hardcover edition

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The Bird King characters ↠ 7 Rule With their freedoms at stake what will Fatima risk to save Hassan and escape the palace wallsAs Fatima and Hassan traverse Spain with the help of a clever jinn to find safety The Bird King 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 received a free e copy of The Bird King by G Willow Wilson from NetGalley for my honest reviewThank you G Willow Wilson for this beautiful and enchanting novel written with rich history The writing is absolutely magical and rich with emotion The kind of writing that makes you go back and re read parts of it just for the sheer joy Fatima is the last sultan s concubine in a kingdom falling down to the Spanish Inuisition Her friend Hassan is in danger for his crafting ability of drawing maps Hassan s maps can open secret passages for places he has never even seen Fatima runs away with him and a Jinn A story of love friendship and culture

  • Hardcover
  • 403
  • The Bird King
  • G. Willow Wilson
  • English
  • 28 March 2019
  • 9780802129031