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The Bird King
The Bird King | G. Willow Wilson
A fantastical journey set at the height of the Spanish Inquisition from award-winning author G. Willow Wilson, The Bird King is a jubilant story of love versus power, religion versus faith, and freedom versus safety.
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Tashthebookworm
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"Girls who are angry about something are dangerous."
I'm loving this book so far, the world that you are drawn into is mystical while still being amazingly real. #newbook #fivestars

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Our local indie bookstore is going out of business at the end of the month.

😭😭

Made a quick pit stop there after work and picked up these beauties.

Megabooks It‘s so sad when an indie goes out of business! 2w
wanderinglynn That‘s so sad! 😔 2w
Rachel.Rencher Oh no! I'm sorry 😔 I love that mug holder, though! 2w
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marleed So sad to hit the love on this! 2w
Ashley_Nicoletto @Megabooks @wanderinglynn @marleed I agree! The owner has said she has something else going into the city but she hasn‘t announced what yet. I‘m eagerly awaiting it. I was sad to see such an empty bookstore though. 2w
Ashley_Nicoletto @Rachel.Rencher Kyle made it for me two years ago for Christmas and I love it. We intentionally pick up mugs from places we love when we travel for it. 2w
MicheleinPhilly I feel badly for “liking” this. ☹️ 2w
8little_paws Ughhhh that sucks. I hope you have a good library at least 1w
Ashley_Nicoletto @8little_paws we actually really do! In Iowa the libraries ebooks are all linked. So you can get a card from almost anywhere and then have access to so much stuff. I predominantly use it. 1w
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EchoCharlie
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''Yes, you were taught to waste your anger. It's convenient for girls to be angry about nothing. Girls who are angry about something are dangerous.''

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EchoCharlie
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''It does no good to fake a conversion of faith. Remember that, my love. The person who wants to burn you alive will find a reason to do it, whether you pretend to agree with them or not.''

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IhoardBOOKS
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Yes, you were taught to waste your anger. It‘s convenient for girls to be angry about nothing. Girls who are angry about something are dangerous. If you want to live, you must learn to use your anger for your own benefit, not the benefit of those who would turn it against you.

#birdking #gwillowwilson #historicalfantasy

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NotCool
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I really enjoyed Fatima as a character. All of the characters in this story are nuanced and believable. But I especially enjoyed Fatima‘s forthright honestly and bravery.

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annkuch13
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This was such a magical story. The concubine Fatima and her magical mapmaker friend, Hassan, go on an adventure to escape the Spanish Inquisition. It's a beautiful story about the love of friendship and the power of belief. There are jinn and monks and a magical island. It has almost a fairytale feel and it very captivating. I definitely fell in love with Fatima and Hassan and their journey together. I would definitely recommend this.

chapter_fifty2017 Have really wanted to read this for a long time have had on order from my library for awhile love your bookslves and dragons 1mo
annkuch13 @chapter_fifty2017 Thanks! I hope your library hold comes in soon! 1mo
Nute Wonderful review! 1mo
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NotCool
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“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.”

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annkuch13
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"And she had escaped: she was free, and though freedom was neither happiness nor safety, though it was in fact a crueler and lonelier thing than she could have imagined, it was real..."

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Expandingbookshelf
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“Once a story leaves the hands of its author, it belongs to the reader. And the reader may see any number of things, conflicting things, contradictory things. The author goes silent. If what he intended mattered so very much, there would be no need for inquisitions and schisms and wars. But he is silent, silent. The author of the poem is silent, the author of the world is silent. We are left with no intentions but our own.”

rather_be_reading omg those drinks! 😍 1mo
Expandingbookshelf @rather_be_reading MIMOSA. FLIGHT ❤️💛💚💙💜 1mo
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danimgill
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Just finished The Bird King! The plot moves pretty slowly but the writing is absolutely gorgeous and the characters and mythology were great. I loved the Reconquista setting, I never read any fiction set during that time and it felt very fresh to base a fantasy in. Now to pick something else from my growing library stack...

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AlizaApp
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A fantasy novel written for me basically. Set at the end of the 15th century in Iberia, at the home of the Sultan of Granada, which is about to fall to Spain and its inquisitors. All the characters are speaking Spanish and Arabic (which, 💖). Fatima, a concubine, is faced with a difficult decision when she realizes the inquisition is after her best friend Hassan, the royal cartographer whose maps are magic. Also there are jinn. High recommend.

Bibliogeekery Great review! 2mo
CouronneDhiver Love that cover! 2mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Pickpick

Magical and historical fiction in one. Really cool story set in the Alhambra.

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ONH
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Anyone have any thoughts on what exactly it means to be the Bird King? How does Fatima‘s identity as the Bird King play into the story she and Hassan know?

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erinjohns
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The storyline and overall concepts borrowed a bit too much of a watered down version of Chronicles of Narnia for me.

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MoniqueReads305
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Friday's total time is 2 hrs and 22 minutes. And I finished The Bird King. Now, let's see how the rest of the weekend goes.
#24b4Monday

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MoniqueReads305
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I got in a quick reading session while I was at lunch. Still have 23+ hours to go but something is better than nothing.
#24b4Monday.

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tournevis
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1️⃣ Open windows.
2️⃣ Perhaps tagged.
3️⃣ Most of my favs are year round, but carrots right out of the dirt are nice.
4️⃣ 35ºC, not counting humidex. With humidex it's reached past 45ºC a few times since 2010.
5️⃣ @klou @TK-421 @Cinfhen @rohit-sawant 👋👋👋

laurenslibrary Omg that 113F. 🥵🥵 I wouldn't leave my house, but Idk that my AC could even keep up! 3mo
tournevis @laurenslibrary People die on those days, because it's wet heat so sweating and breathing won't cool you down. 3mo
laurenslibrary @tournevis I can't even imagine. My husband grew up in SoCal and always says he'd that the 100F “dry heat“ days there over the 80F humid days here in the northeast. 3mo
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tournevis @laurenslibrary Climate change is real! And humidity is not to be underplayed. 3mo
laurenslibrary @tournevis I can see the effects of climate change more in the winter here than in the summer. We used to have "regular cold" and a decent amount of snow here for the holidays. Now we get bitter, unbearable cold that is too extreme for snow to even exist! I prefer the old stuff! 3mo
Cinfhen Your tagged book sounds soooo good!!!! And it was reading 44 c in my car today 🥵🥵🥵 3mo
tournevis @laurenslibrary We get longer cold periods more often, where temps go below -30C for more than three days in a row and we've been getting more snow. The region got just under 3 meters in all last winter. 3mo
tournevis @Cinfhen Ooof. G. Willow Wilson is great! 3mo
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MoniqueReads305
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I don't know if it was me or the book but after a show start this is picking up nicely. Might be at least a solid 4⭐. Let's see how the author lands the ending.

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MoniqueReads305
The Bird King | G. Willow Wilson

“Yes, you were taught to waste your anger. It‘s convenient for girls to be angry about nothing . Girls who are angry about something are dangerous. If you want to live, you must learn to use your anger for your own benefit, not the benefit of those who would turn it against you.”

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suzisteffen
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Hunh. I thought it was well done, but I‘m not sure I understood anything that happened in the final third of the book. I might need a plot map. All hail Fatima though, dang. And Vikram! And, of course, the mapmaker. 4⭐️ for the beauty of the writing and the glories (and deep sadness) of seeing the other side of the Reconquista.

MoniqueReads305 I just finished and I'm not sure how I feel about the last 1/3. 3mo
suzisteffen @MoniqueReads305 Thank you! I ... am still confused! 3mo
EchoCharlie Seriously! And why did the leviathan hoard boots? I got the impression it was more symbolic than anything but I don't know why 4h
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suzisteffen
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“Hassan shook his head. ‘I know what it means. It means I can‘t run. The Inquisition and the Castilians–they‘re not just out there, they‘re in my head. Your head, too. They‘re inside the only thing that was ever really ours. Even our stories are not our stories. We tried to tell our own, Fa, and all we did was end up telling theirs.”

Whew, I‘ve come to a sad, scary moment in this book!

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suzisteffen
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“A raw olive is a different animal from a cured one, apparently. God bless the man who first taught the world how to cure olives. He and the man who invented cheese are two unsung pillars of civilization.”

“They were probably women,” muttered Fatima, fanning her face with the sleeve of her robe. “If they were men, we would remember their names.”

ZING. #fantasy

TrishB Truth. 3mo
Velvetfur *sigh* yep. 3mo
julesG Truth!!!! 3mo
Theaelizabet Right? 3mo
suzisteffen Fatima is a great character and takes NO shit. 3mo
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suzisteffen
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Love G. Willow Wilson‘s books, can‘t wait to read this one, about the end of Al-Andalus (at least that‘s what it‘s about so far, 3 chapters in).

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Kangaj1
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Saturday morning plans while kids are playing video games.

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Purrsistently
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Loving this so far💕

Tanisha_A Love your bookmark 3mo
Purrsistently @Tanisha_A thanks, it was from uppercase 3mo
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wen4blu
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Up next. Any place the Bird King lives must be a......bird house?

Texreader Great photo 4mo
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shaynarae
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I LOVED this book! It‘s a formulaic fantasy adventure story that takes places in the 15th century of Spain‘s Andalusia region but for the 21st century reader. Where the story is refreshing is in its diverse characters, its upset of stereotypical tropes, and the very direct commentary on perceptions in today‘s culture. If you‘re looking for a smart, adult version of Le Guin‘s A Wizard of Earthsea, this book is for you.

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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I asked the library to buy this one...

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Susanita
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I‘ve checked this out of the library twice and hope to get a start on it once our taxes are done. #birds #springintoreading

vkois88 ❤❤❤ 4mo
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ssravp
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Pickpick

I‘m not totally sure what I think of this. It‘s written beautifully, that is undeniable. I may have to revisit it some day.

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TheLibrarian
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Scored these 2 beauties the other day at a cute little bookstore.

AlaMich I‘m looking forward to The Bird King! 5mo
ferskner The Shirley Jackson of one of my top 5 of all time. I hope you love it! 5mo
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ReadingEnvy
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Set in 1491 during the reign of the last sultanate in the Iberian peninsula, The Bird King is 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.

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suzisteffen
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Look what‘s on my library‘s #HooplaDigital! 😍👏🏼📚🕊🤴🏾

fictionaltiff I hope you like it! ☺️ 5mo
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fictionaltiff
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I'll be keeping an eye out for more books from this author, as she has the ability to conjure up magical creatures and landscapes that transported me to everywhere I wanted to go: from the forest and mountains to the beaches and sea and all of the magical places I could never see.
Overall, four out of five stars -- I never gasped, laughed, or cried outwardly, but was still provided plenty of entertainment, girl power, and life takeaways.

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The.Intentional.Reader
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Another amazing novel by Willow Wilson. Love her storytelling and character building

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beaconhillbooks
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Bailedbailed

Interesting premise and lovely cover but I‘m 30% in and really not enjoying it.

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Lauren.Archer
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Bailedbailed

I gave this well over 50% but I was so bored I had to bail. Writing is fine, the story was just not for me.

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JPeterson
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Snow day reading plans. ❄️ ⛄️

Bookwormjillk That toast looks amazing 6mo
JPeterson @Bookwormjillk Thanks! I had two types of jam, and couldn‘t decide on which one, so went with both. 😂🙈 6mo
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JPeterson
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I should be working on some at-home training for work today, but I also just received an ARC for The Bird King. One of these seems a much better idea to spend Monday morning. (Though I am sad the e-version I received didn‘t come with its gorgeous cover 😍)

kspenmoll Love your mug!!! 6mo
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thewellreadpug
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A wonderful and whimsical tale of fantasy which takes during the reign of the last sultan. Our main characters are Fatima — the sultan‘s concubine and Hassan — the palace mapmaker. The writing is rich and diverse. The plot is interesting and fast-paced. The characters are well written and very lovable (or very easy to despise — in the case of the villains). Thumbs up for this enjoyable tale of friendship, love, loss and the meaning of freedom.

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DGRachel
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Historical fiction crossed with fantasy set during the Spanish Inquisition? Yes, please.

JoRead Sounds fantastic! 6mo
GingerAntics Sad, but true. 6mo
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DGRachel
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ALL THE SQUEEEEE!!!!! I wasn‘t expecting this until March, but the publisher sent my preorder to my local #indie and because there was no street smart date in their system, they were allowed to sell it to me almost a full month early!! I was having a crappy week, but this has absolutely made my day!

Mitch That‘s a great start to the weekend! ❤️👍🏼❤️ 6mo
LeahBergen Pretty cover! 6mo
DGRachel @Mitch I couldn‘t believe my luck! @LeahBergen It‘s gorgeous, isn‘t it? I‘d have bought it for the cover alone. 😂😂 6mo
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TrishB Cool 👍🏻 6mo
valeriegeary Nice! 🙌 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm In love with the cover! 6mo
Cathythoughts Yes ! Amazing cover ✨✨✨ 6mo
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RedbagReadbooks
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Up next!

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ardoomer
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Love love love. It‘s historical speculative fiction and I loved learning about Muslims in Spain before if became Spain but also the conversation about one‘s beliefs and I find Vikram enchanting. I highly recommend.

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Joe_Jones
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I had this waiting for me at work yesterday from Grove Press. I loved her last book Alif the Unseen and her run on the Ms Marvel comic! It comes out in March.

DGRachel So jealous! Alif the Unseen was incredible and I cannot wait to get my grabby hands on this one! 8mo
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RestlessFickleBookHoarder
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My latest one-click purchase. Now to wait until it comes out...in March 2019.

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aeeklund
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Salon reading! Getting my hair done is forced relaxation for me, so I‘ve started adding to the treat by always choosing a new book to start. I‘ve been excited for this one!

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heikemarie
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I had the absolute pleasure of reading this book - I rec‘d a copy in exchange for my honest review. Full review at https://ireadthereforeiam.wordpress.com/ but the Cliff‘s Notes version is that this book has some of the best character development & prose I‘ve seen from a book in a long time. The magical elements really work to help bring the book to a larger truth. I really FELT when I read this, & it was truly exceptional. (PS love this shirt)

Well-ReadNeck This shirt is FAB!!!!! 8mo
sebrittain I love that shirt! 8mo
RaimeyGallant Loving the tee. 8mo
gradcat I LOVE that shirt! 💓💞💕💖 8mo
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silentrequiem
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I finished this tonight. Overall, a pick. The ending was a bit weird and rushed, but I still liked the book a lot. #arc #netgalley