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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

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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 r

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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 w


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  1. says:

    “The real struggle on this earth is not between those who want peace and those who want war It’s between those who want peace and those who want justice If justice is what you want then you may often be right but you will rarely be happy” 3½ stars I have lots of positive things to say about The Bird King but I am going to

  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 time when

  3. says:

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

  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 Represent

  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 and Hassan attempt an escape with the help of a jinnWilson blends fantasy and magic with history morphing into an epic adventure and I love that the story is told through two characters who have never been free

  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 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 fas

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    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 Hass

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    “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 with vivid

  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 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

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    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 first let me explain why I looked forward to this book so much Two reasons really Th