The Bird King

The Bird King

New from the award-winning author of Alif the Unseen and writer of the Ms. Marvel series, G. Willow Wilson Set 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. Hassan has a secret--he can draw maps of places New from the award-winning author of Alif the Unseen and writer of the Ms. Marvel series, G. Willow Wilson Set...

DownloadRead Online
Title:The Bird King
Author:G. Willow Wilson
Rating:
Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:The Bird King
ISBN
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:403 pages pages

The Bird King Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Mar 19, 2019
    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 ble...
  • Silvana
    Apr 13, 2019
    I am kind of bored reading fantasy books set in pseudo-European medieval setting. I've tried to diversify my reads (and authors) this year. So far, I've read 12 of non-pseudo Euro medieval setting out of the total 19 fantasy novels/novella/graphic novels. Yet, I feel I still need to ch...
  • Michael Austin
    Mar 21, 2019
    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 quali...
  • Barb in Maryland
    Mar 29, 2019
    Oh wow! 4.5 stars for this marvelous blend of historical fiction and magic realism. More once I get my thoughts organized. ETA 4/2/2019--- Sometimes it helps to sit back and actually think about what you've just read. When I first finished this I was basking in a warm glow of ha...
  • Skip
    Apr 12, 2019
    Set in the late 15th century, in the besieged palace of Abu Abdallah, the last Emirate of Granada in Iberia. A emissary from King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella is sent to negotiate the surrender of the Muslims, led by a religious zealot and member of the Spanish Inquisition. Fatima is t...
  • Carlos
    Jun 09, 2019
    Nice historical background , goos scenery and believable characters , but I did not understood the plot , did not get the twists and for sure did not comprehend the ending. This rather seemed a book made to enhance the scenery and historical background of the main plot but did not crea...
  • Selena
    Nov 08, 2018
    I received a free e-copy of The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson from NetGalley for my honest review. Thank 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 y...
  • Ana
    Mar 23, 2019
    All the stories poems are true! I gave this book my full attention until the 80% mark after which I mostly skimmed because having called out who the Bird King was in the first couple of chapters I felt very meh about the entire thing being revealed. The fact that it got really preac...
  • Dianne
    Jul 07, 2019
    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 unique and spell-binding tale. I have been waiting for seven years for her second novel, and here it is at last! ...
  • Rae
    Mar 21, 2019
    ARC Received from NetGalley for an honest review Where do I even start with this review? I have had such a hard time trying to put my thoughts on this book to words. Every time I start to write it all out I end up deleting and starting again. So this time I'm just going to...
  • Bradley
    Nov 19, 2018
    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 Inquisition is running strong and the last Emirate is about to fall. Fatima, the last concubine, and her friend Hassan, a mapma...
  • Denise
    Nov 21, 2018
    A compelling story from a harem slave?s point of view. This is the historical moment when Isabel and Fredrick unite Spain and finish extraditing both the Moors (Muslims) and Jews. Due to a poor background in history I was unaware that these acts occurred during the same time period, ...
  • Emily May
    Feb 25, 2019
    ?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.? 3 stars. I have lots of positive ...
  • ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
    Feb 15, 2019
    ?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, Spain. It is a setting filled with vivid detail where we learn about a ti...
  • Lauren Stoolfire
    Mar 17, 2019
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson was one of my most anticipated novels and I'm honored to have been approved. Luckily for me, Wilson's new historical fantasy novel really delivered. Wilson's writing is absolutely ca...
  • Fafa's Book Corner
    Dec 19, 2018
    Mini review: DNF Trigger warning: Mention of war. Up till the point I read. I received this E-ARC via Grove Atlantic and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I was really looking forward to reading this! I've read and enjoyed Ms. Marvel. Unfortunately I didn't enjoy it....
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    Mar 13, 2019
    Iberia, 1491. The city of Granada is surrounded by Spaniards, isolating the last sultan, who spends his days with his harem and his concubine pretending as if nothing is wrong. Inside the walls of the palace and the harem, a concubine dreams of freedom and wings. And a mapmaker opens d...
  • Alexia Cambaling
    Jan 21, 2019
    I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to NetGalley and Grove Press! The Bird King is a historical magical realism fantasy set during the last days of the Reconquista. In the beginning of the book, there is an element of despair and melan...
  • Lata
    Apr 19, 2019
    A lovely novel about a friendship, flight from the Spanish Inquisition, and the search for a mythical land of safety. I?m a huge fan of G. Willow Wilson?s Kamala Khan, so I was pretty excited to read this book. The writing is wonderful. There are numerous beautiful passages throug...
  • wanderer (Para)
    Sep 30, 2018
    Thanks to Netgalley and Grove Atlantic for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review What a book. Wonderful prose, great characters, interesting setting...what else could a reader want? Full review to come. ...
  • Carolyn
    Mar 20, 2019
    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...
  • Kristen
    Dec 18, 2018
    Big thanks to Bookish First for providing me with an advanced copy. I do not like DNFing books that I get sent for review. It feels disrespectful to me for someone to go out of their way to send me a copy and then for me not to take the time to finish it. However, I am in no mood to...
  • Alina
    Oct 10, 2018
    ***Note: I received a copy curtesy of Netgalley and Grove Atlantic/Grove Press in exchange for an honest review. A Circassian concubine in Alhambra, at the time of the last sultan, learnes of a threat to her gay friend and decides that they must run away in order to save him. The w...
  • Sheila Goicea
    Mar 06, 2019
    I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication. Content Warning: Death, Slavery, Harem, Torture, Violence, Attempted Rape, Alcoholism, Religi...
  • Acqua
    Nov 13, 2018
    DNF 30% The Bird King is a historical fantasy novel which follows a Circassian concubine in the royal court of Granada. It's a beautifully written book, and - as far as I know - also a well-researched one; it mentioned a lot of things I know from reading nonfiction about Genoese his...
  • The Captain
    Mar 12, 2019
    Ahoy there me mateys! I received this fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . . This was a heart-achingly beautiful book. I was drawn to this title because of the lovely cover and because there is a character who can draw magic ...
  • Lili  Marcus
    Feb 17, 2019
    I initially rated this 3.5 stars but as I write the review, I realized I don't have that much of a complaint. The book is set in 1491 Granada and tells the story of Fatima who is a Circassian concubine. She fled from the palace along with her friend, Hassan, who could make magical m...
  • Umairah | Sereadipity
    Mar 12, 2019
    Plot: 3/5 Characters: 4/5. Writing: 5/5 The Bird King was a historical fantasy book set in 1491 in Granada, the last emirate of Muslim Spain. There were many things I liked about it, however, there were also many things I disliked- that's why I gave it three stars. It was about F...
  • Abigail
    Mar 20, 2019
    This book gripped me. A rich blend of historical fiction, magical realism, and religious philosophy, it is both gorgeous and profound. The characters are all flawed and endearing in a way that is relatable and beautifully true to life. I think my favorites among these are Vikram the ji...
  • Mel Anie (finals - 2months)
    Jan 17, 2019
    Enjoyed it a lot! ...