The Bird King is an epic journey set during the reign of the last sultan in the Iberian peninsula at the height of the Spanish Inquisition.
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, what will Fatima risk 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 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.
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I read sample of this on Bookish first and I really enjoyed what I read. I read other books in that time era so I know there is some political things happening as well.
Knowing all that I dove into the story, that I started liking while reading the sample.
I really enjoyed the world, that Wilson created it was very colorful and pretty descriptive. I loved the characters just as much if not even more so. It was so easy to get into the world and relate to the charterers in some way. I also enjoyed the story a lot and yet I wished I had more of it.
That being said I felt like that there was way too much background of the political war brewing and happening on the book. Yes, there was but in the end I wanted a fantasy and not a history book. This is what it felt at times. While some of it would have been okay and I read in other books about, I think it could have been balanced more.
Overall I enjoyed the world, story and people but some parts just seem to long and tiring with too much historical politics dumped in.
I rate it 3 ★
Will be available March 12th 2019