The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

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Fantasy | Historical Fiction (Stand Alone)

440 Pages

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The year is 1491 and the newly formed Spanish monarchy is at the doors to the palace of the last Sultan of Granada. The story follows a young lady named Fatima who was born and raised in the palace for one purpose… to be the Sultan’s concubine.

Fatima longs to see something other than the palace walls and only her friend Hassan, the mapmaker, treats her as a person. When Hassan’s life is threatened by the Spanish Inquisition, Fatima will go to great lengths to try and save him.

Fear can make anything real. The black-cloaks are afraid you’re a sorcerer. If they condemn you as a sorcerer and burn you for it, then you are, for all practical purposes, a sorcerer, whether you began as one or not. Fear doesn’t need to make sense in order to have consequences.

I really enjoyed this story. The writing was beautiful and transported me to Granada and all along their great adventure. The only negative was that some of the Jinn or spirit scenes were difficult to follow but I think it was partly on purpose and partly because my husband was distracting me by watching Guardians of the Galaxy.

I would highly recommend this book to any one who enjoys historical fiction centered around the Spanish Inquisition. Also, if you enjoy reaching for impossible dreams on an adventure sprinkled with danger and magic then you should definitely give this book a try.

How to Fracture a Fairy Tale by Jane Yolen

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Short Stories / Fantasy

Released October 2018

320 pages

This is a book of short stories written by Jane Yolen. Each short story is a retelling of a fairy tale. At the end of the book Yolen also describes her thought processes and influences behind each story.

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