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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 Set in 1491 Grenada most of this novel reads like a devoted historical novel where the Muslim world is mixed with the Christian at a time when the Spanish Inuisition is running strong and the last Emirate is about to fallFatima the last concubine and her friend Hassan a mapmaker with the ability to open up doors to the Other transforms this novel from a strict historical to an outright fantasy But it happens slowly The historicity of the world is rich and lush and it introduces the world of the Jinn and magic in pure magical realism style later becoming an outright adventure to find the Bird KingThe old world has died The only course now is survival Perhaps happiness But mostly it s just finding a place to survive and if it is with the help of the Jinn and all the creatures under Allah so be it Allah made all I liked the message at the end of the bookI also happened to like G Willow Wilson s Alif the Unseen a lot But that being said there s a lot to love right here

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The Bird King

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 really enjoyed the early chapters of this fantasy historical novel which is set in the Alhambra during the dying days of the Sultan of Granada s rule In 1491 Granada was under siege with no supplies getting in and it s people slowly starving as Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain close in in their uest to force Granada to capitulate Representatives have arrived at the palace to negotiate terms when Fatima the Sultan s favourite concubine discovers that amongst their number is an Inuisitor who wants to arrest her best friend Hassan the palace mapmaker Hassan has a very special skill which is the ability to draw maps of places he hasn t seen and to draw paths and doors that weren t there before In the eyes of the Inuisition this makes him a sorcerer so Fatima knows she must help Hassan escape if she is to save his life Once they escape the palace with the help if a jinn they have a long journey to the coast where they must once again escape the soldiers and Inuisitor hot on their tails Eventually they get there and using his special skill Hassan is able to evade their pursuers and take them to a mythical island home of the legendary Bird King but also one that is common in mythology in many cultures and religions Although well written with beautiful descriptions I found this fantasy based section of the book uite slow and not nearly as interesting as the historical section at the beginning However I note that many other reviewers enjoyed the philosophical nature of this section and recommend that readers make up their own minds 35 With thanks to Netgalley and Grove Atlantic Grove for a digital arc to read

G. Willow Wilson ´ 2 Summary

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 A few lulls but for the most part an excellent read It felt like I was reading a Guy Gavriel Kay book which is a huge compliment There is a lot of Muslim culture here that most Westerners are not likely to be familiar with I loved learning about the culture and seeing the world from the Muslim viewpoint And while this is Earth during the 13th century it has all the magical aspects of the stories we know from that time Use of magic secret islands famous swords etc You can decide for yourself if you think it s fantasy enough but this uote by a character really struck me as all the proof I need You ve transported us into open water without a damned idea where we re pointed all by cutting through a fucking rope That s magic Jinn LoreCertainly the best characters in The Bird King are the jinn I loved how the jinn told little stories and gave out puzzles and clues that would confuse me until I d have an ah ha moment later on The most interesting part with the lore used here was learning new stories that sound like some I know but have a spin or different take than I have heard before I don t want to spoil them all as they are so fun to discover throughout the story I will say there is a reference to a mysterious misty island steeped in religion that I immediately identified as a version of Avalon The LadiesI really appreciate how strong and smart the women are in The Bird King Anyone who thinks this story will be oppressive to women because it s viewpoint is from Muslims many will potentially be surprised to learn that the women encountered and those whom are a part of the lead story are all fierce Our leading lady and her friend are all at once adorable and admirable How can you not love a character who is sarcastically told this early on she s technically a slave because she s acting out and embarrassing her owners What will the foreigners think if we can t even manage our slave girls Pretend to be meek and obedient for once in your life It will be good for practice uotableThis is by far the most uotable book I ve read in 2019 G Willow Wilson has taken so many social issues and brought them done to perfect one line descriptions Additional it s done with intelligent wit and sarcasm A few of my favourites besides the ones shared above If justice is what you want then you may often be right but you will rarely be happy Happiness she decided comes only in pauses brother regularly nor predictablyOverallWilson has given us a true gem I know many will argue this doesn t belong on fantasy shelves and is magical realism For me it s like The Night Circus The Bird King is so well written and put together from a literary standpoint that it belongs in every genre it might ualify for in order to get people seeing and reading it The social connections and empathy that are made in The Bird King between today s reality and that of the 13th century are astonishing Wilson does an incredible job of making this a very relatable story regardless of your cultural or religious background It breaks my heart that we humanity are not further along than we were back then Now after reading this rave review you may wonder why I only gave this 4 stars The reason there was a large ish section that dragged for me I m not sure if it was just me on that day I was grumpy or that the section was actually a bit dull For now I m leaving this at 4 stars but I could easily see me re reading it in the future and bumped it up to five To read this and of my reviews visit my blog at Epic Reading Please note I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley This is an honest and unbiased review


10 thoughts on “The Bird King

  1. says:

    “The real struggle on this earth is not between those who want peace and those who want war It’s between tho

  2. says:

    Set in 1491 Grenada most of this novel reads like a devoted historical novel where the Muslim world is mixed with the Christian at a t

  3. says:

    Plot 35 Characters 45 Writing 55The Bird King was a historical fantasy book set in 1491 in Granada the last emir

  4. says:

    I really enjoyed the early chapters of this fantasy historical novel which is set in the Alhambra during the dying days of the Sultan of Granada's rule In 1491 Granada was under siege with no supplies getting in and it's people slowly starving as Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain close in in their uest to force Granada to capitulate Representatives have arrived at the palace to negotiate terms when Fatima the S

  5. says:

    Set in 1491 during the reign of the last sultanate in the Iberian peninsula this novel tells the story of Fatima the concubine to the sultan and her friend Hassan the palace mapmaker With the enemy at the gate Fa

  6. says:

    I was a huge fan of Wilson’s 2012 debut novel “Alif the Unseen” I loved her heady concoction of Middle Eastern fantasy and mod

  7. says:

    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 ju

  8. says:

    “Lies are for those who are afraid or ashamed of what they are and I am neither” The Bird King tells us the story of Fatima a royal concubine and Hassan a cartographer in the Muslim palace in Granada SpainIt is a setting filled w

  9. says:

    A few lulls but for the most part an excellent read It felt like I was reading a Guy Gavriel Kay book; which is a huge compliment There is a lot of Muslim culture here that most Westerners are not likely to be familiar with

  10. says:

    There are few recent books that I have looked forward to reading as much as I looked forward to reading The Bird King And there are even fewer books that I have anticipated that have been as disappointing to me as this one was It was not a complete disaster There are redeeming ualities But there are also a lot of wasted opportunitiesBut firs

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