~ I was given an advance reader copy of this title in exchange for an honest review, I’m not associated with the author or publisher in any way and the views expressed are completely unbiased and entirely my own. ~
‘The Bird King’ by G. Willow Wilson is a historical fantasy novel which takes place in 15th century Granada at the fall of it’s last Muslim dynasty as they are conquered by the Spanish Inquisition.
It follows the journey of a young woman named Fatima, the beautiful, formidable, rebellious concubine of the last Sultan, and her absent-minded childhood friend Hassam, the royal cartographer, who is unassuming apart from the fact that he possesses an uncanny ability to create maps of places he’s never been or that don’t exist (unless he needs them to.)
Mistaken for a sorcerer by the Inquisition, who’s purpose is to eliminate heresy and anything which contradicts the Catholic faith, we follow Hassan and Fatima at they formulate their escape.
The author has created a captivating story in which historical fiction and fantasy harmonise perfectly, driven equally by it’s characters and plot.
Fatima in particular is a lively, powerful protagonist and her ambiguous existence at the royal court is beautifully depicted.
All in all this is a wonderfully accomplished novel which I highly recommend.
~ Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to review this title ~