A Song of Wraiths and Ruin

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A Song of Wraiths and Ruin

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin

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Until then, I hope you all enjoyed a slight break from fairy tale retellings to read a review of a mostly-fantasy story. He suffers through a mental affliction, while the female protagonist suffers through a physical one, and I feel as though often times those would be reversed in other books I’ve read. There is obviously a sequel coming, but I really don't think that I will read it because I am not feeling this urge to know what will happen to the characters.

It was respectful and accurate, showing the readers exactly what happens to a person that experienced this horrible sensation. Malik, thinking this may be his opportunity and realizing he can use his illusion powers to essentially make himself invisible, follows shortly after back to the palace. Commander Hamidou stays behind, sacrificing herself so that Afua and Karina can escape Ziran with the help of Dedele, who is also loyal to the princess. If that is the case, having him master old magic, run around the city, and fall in love with Karina seems pretty unrealistic. They are not citizens, and are seen as a lower class of people who would not be let into the city without their forged papers.

What the story does contain, however, is magic, trickery, storytelling, dancing, and a slow-burn romance that keeps you on your toes. Between the rich worldbuilding to the dual perspectives of Malik and Karina (who both I was SO MAD AT sometimes but could always bring myself to love again), this story was brilliant! I WAS PROMISED ENEMIES TO LOVERS BUT THEY DIDN'T EVEN MEET UNTIL 50% I GOT 25% OF ‘ENEMIES TO LOVERS AND THERE WAS HARDLY ANY TENSION I AM MADDDDDD. At the end of a very sexually charged dance, Karina pushes him into the lake in front of everyone, where he has to be fished out. ASOWAR is another A __ of ___ and ___ YA about princess Karina, who is desperately trying to revive her mother after she is murdered by an assassin.

Magic creates a centuries-long divide between peoples in this stunning debut novel inspired by North African and West African folklore. So A Song of Wraiths and Ruin is a debut YA fantasy and the premise for this book is extremely interesting. Her mother, the Sultana, has been assassinated; her court threatens mutiny; and Solstasia looms like a knife over her neck. Most of the secondary characters are used as plot devices to move Malik and Karina into place as the story progresses and lack much genuine depth or growth that makes them worth mentioning.

I would recommend this book to anyone wanting an original fantasy story without all the stale elements of your typical fantasy. Although we only got glimpses for most of them, they completely intrigued me and I can't wait to see more of them in the future. In the end, Karina choses him as the Solstasia victor and the two are married, despite Karina wishing she could chose Malik. The romance is quite predictable (the whole ''I need to kill you but somehow I find myself attracted to you'') but I honestly could not get into the whole romance thing because Malik behaves and thinks like he is 13 or 14 years old.

There’s a lot of love written for Brown’s culture and it’s infused in everything from the folklore to all the delicious food that gets described. Malik, on the other hand, has no fighting training whatsoever, and I found myself being startled at the fact that this is one of the first fantasy novels I’ve read in a while where neither the protagonist or the love interest is a trained fighter. That I felt like the marketing for this book was genuinely dishonest and told a lot of possible fans what they wanted to hear instead of what the content of the book actually is. Karina and Malik have only a handful of scenes together and it's as insta-love as you can get, since they fall for each other after maybe three interactions over a couple of days. When Malik attempts to do so, he finds that he cannot kill Karina, but his attempt releases Idir from his prison realm.

Her mother’s counsel want to bury the Kestrel at once and cancel Solstasia, but Karina won’t have it, insisting news of her mother’s death should be kept secret and Solstasia should continue as planned. representation: all Black cast (own voices West African inspired fantasy), anxiety and panic attacks. Malik is able to trap Idir within Malik’s mind where he resides at the end of the story, and his background is more complicated.

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