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 he's never seen and bend the shape of reality. When representatives of the newly formed Spanish monarchy arrive to negotiate the sultan's surrender, Fatima befriends one of the women, not realizing that she will see Hassan's gift as sorcery and a threat to Christian Spanish rule. With their freedoms at stake, what will Fatima risk to save Hassan and escape the palace walls?

As Fatima and Hassan traverse Spain with the help of a clever jinn to find safety, The Bird King asks us to consider what love is and the price of freedom at a time when the West and the Muslim world were not yet separate.

Title:The Bird King
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780802129031

    The Bird King Reviews

  • Emily May

    “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 ma...

  • Bradley

    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 E...

  • Umairah | Sereadipity

    Plot: 3/5 Characters: 4/5. Writing: 5/5The 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 wer...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    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 ene...

  • Carolyn

    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 suppli...

  • Selena

    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 wri...

  • ?????.: ?**:.?*.:?.

    “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 G...

  • Alina

    ***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 ...

  • Fafa's Book Corner

    Mini review:DNFTrigger 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 readin...

  • wanderer (Para)

    Thanks to Netgalley and Grove Atlantic for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest reviewWhat a book. Wonderful prose, great characters, interesting setting...what else could a reader want?Full re...