The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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 jinn.
Wilson 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 until now.
Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy through Edelweiss. It came out March 12.
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