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“An explosive, stunning fantasy debut… Brown’s world building is diverse and brimming with political intrigue, magic, and a burgeoning romance in the best of ways. Notably, Brown uses a lush fantasy backdrop to poignantly discuss real-world issues.” -- ALA Booklist (starred review)

“Revitalizing and exciting, Brown’s debut breathes life into ancient but still relevant folk stories.” -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“An action-packed tale of injustice, magic, and romance, this novel immerses readers in a thrilling world and narrative tantamount to that of Children of Blood and Bone.” -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“This epic story is brimming with trickster spirits, rich culture, and an organically developing romance that make every twist and turn more interesting than the last….Brown’s novel will easily fit on shelves next to other great West African–inspired fantasies like Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone and Ifueko’s Raybearer, and the ending makes it apparent that Malik and Karina’s story has (thankfully) only just begun."
-- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

“A supernatural love story inspired by West African folklore and dripping in political commentary and modern parallels.”  -- BookPage (starred review)

“Will leave readers wanting more.... This will appeal to those who love gentle male protagonists, strong female leads, and worlds filled with magic!” -- School Library Journal

“Impressive world-building, beautiful writing, and surprising plot twists…. Perfect for fans of Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone), Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes), and Tochi Onyebuchi (Beasts Made of Night).” -- Horn Book Magazine

“A rapturous love story with wickedly delicious magic and bloody stakes, A Song of Wraiths and Ruin is a heart-racing epic that can’t be missed.” -- Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Belles series 

“A refreshing, immersive debut that should be on every fantasy lover’s shelf, A Song of Wraiths and Ruin introduces a dazzling new talent in Roseanne A. Brown” -- Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of And I Darken

“With the heart-pounding action of Children of Blood and Bone, the magic of Spirited Away, and the twisty alluring intrigue of Game of Thrones, A Song of Wraiths and Ruin is a MASTERPIECE.” -- Brittney Morris, author of SLAY

"A dazzling debut, sparkling with delicious magic, romance, and intrigue. Brown weaves a story that will sink its teeth into you and won't let go, even after the last page." -- Swati Teerdhala, author of The Tiger at Midnight

"Set in a world of ancient magic, Brown spins a fantastical tale that is full of heart, adventure, and intrigue. Readers will delight in the lush details of a world and characters so vividly drawn that they leap off the page." -- Rena Barron, author of Kingdom of Souls

About the Author

Roseanne A. Brown is an immigrant from the West African nation of Ghana and a graduate of the University of Maryland, where she completed the Jimenez-Porter Writers’ House program. Her work has been featured by Voice of America, among other outlets. A Song of Wraiths and Ruin is her debut novel. You can visit her online at roseanneabrown.com.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Balzer + Bray (2 June 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 480 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0062891499
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0062891495
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 13 - 17 years
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 524 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.97 x 3.68 x 20.96 cm
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ USA
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Reviewed in India on 26 November 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars A perfect fantasy for fans of CoBaB!!
By Parvathy Sajeev / booknerd65 on 26 November 2020
𝕿𝖍𝖊 𝖕𝖆𝖘𝖙 𝖉𝖊𝖛𝖔𝖚𝖗𝖘 𝖙𝖍𝖔𝖘𝖊 𝖓𝖆𝖎𝖛𝖊 𝖊𝖓𝖔𝖚𝖌𝖍 𝖙𝖔 𝖋𝖔𝖗𝖌𝖊𝖙 𝖎𝖙
~ 𝕬 𝕾𝖔𝖓𝖌 𝖔𝖋 𝖂𝖗𝖆𝖎𝖙𝖍𝖘 𝖆𝖓𝖉 𝕽𝖚𝖎𝖓𝖘

This had been one of my most anticipated releases of the year and is one book that took bookstagram by storm! And I must say, the hype is legit real! ❣️✨

A Song of Wraiths and Ruins is a West African folklore-inspired high fantasy where on one hand, we follow Malik who ventures into the prosperous desert city of Ziran along with his sisters in the hopes of finding a way to fend for their poverty-stricken family when a vengeful spirit abducts his sister and strikes a deadly deal to return her safe and sound only after killing Karina, the crown princess of Ziran.

On the other hand, Karina is grieving the loss of her assassinated mother which drives her to pursue The Rite of Resurrection that requires the beating heart of a king to perform the ritual. Karina devises a meticulous strategy to acquire the same which is where Malik comes into play!
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I absolutely loved everything from the intricate world-building and the unique magic system to the duel povs and the mind-boggling plot twists ( so much so that I had to take a minute to process everything 😲 )! Despite the gripping and action-packed storyline, what I appreciated most about the book was how mental health and grief were represented. Ever since he was a kid, Malik has suffered from panic attacks and anxiety/self-worth issues which is something that I could personally relate to on some level and was a little triggering for me. Eventually, Malik learns to confront his demons and embrace them and Karina grows from the reckless and pampered princess to a fiery and strong queen.

𝕿𝖍𝖊 𝖕𝖊𝖔𝖕𝖑𝖊 𝖜𝖊 𝖑𝖔𝖘𝖊 𝖓𝖊𝖛𝖊𝖗 𝖙𝖗𝖚𝖑𝖞 𝖑𝖊𝖆𝖛𝖊, 𝖇𝖚𝖙 𝖔𝖓𝖑𝖞 𝖜𝖊 𝖌𝖊𝖙 𝖙𝖔 𝖉𝖊𝖋𝖎𝖓𝖊 𝖍𝖔𝖜 𝖙𝖍𝖊𝖞 𝖘𝖙𝖆𝖞

ASOWAR is a perfect fantasy to pick up if you're yearning for a book that holds the essence of Children of Blood and Bone plus the scheming court politics. 💯
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any young adult fantasy lovers..
By Sumaiya Khatoon on 6 October 2020
Can’t believe this is a debut novel by this author..
it ticked off all the young adult fantasy tropes and more..
my new fave..
Fast paced, unique magic system , relatable characters ( the author didn’t hesitate in showing their vulnerabilities and weaknesses) , and a nail biting climax..
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Reviewed in India on 23 August 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wow!! 𝐼 𝑤𝑎s𝑛'𝑡 𝑒𝑥𝑝𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑒𝑛𝑑, a𝑙𝑚𝑜𝑠𝑡 ℎ𝑎𝑑 𝑎 𝑝𝑎𝑛𝑖𝑐 𝑎𝑡𝑡𝑎𝑐𝑘
By Geet on 23 August 2020
𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄- 𝗔 𝘀𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗳 𝘄𝗿𝗮𝗶𝘁𝗵𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗿𝘂𝗶𝗻 𝗯𝘆 𝗥𝗼𝘀𝗲𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗲 𝗕𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗻

Do you want to read a fantasy about a badass black princess and a black commoner boy with panic attacks? If yes, this is your pick.

This is a beautiful book with rich cultural history and action, lot's of it. Girls fighting with swords awaited my puzzles to be solved and ancient magic to be reclaimed.

🌼To be honest I expected more from it.
Heard MIXED REVIEWS about it, how it was most anticipated read to people but some ended up DNFing it while others gave 5 stars. I can tell you ''why'🌼

🌼Majority of the book i.e 350 pages can be rated as 3.5 while the remaining 50 pages are worth 5 stars or more🌼.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FAVORITE READ OF 2020
By Gayatri Saikia - PER_FICTIONIST on 18 August 2020
HELLO LET US ALL WELCOME THIS ABSOLUTE SHEER PERFECTION OF A BOOK FILLED WITH DIVERSITY TO IT'S BRIM AND THAT WILL ALWAYS STAND TALL IN "ATRI'S LIST OF FAVOURITES"

The first in an fantasy duology inspired by West African folklore in which a grieving crown princess and a desperate refugee find themselves on a collision course to murder each other despite their growing attraction.
Well, have you ever read a book synopsis or stared at the cover and you are instantly sure that you are GOING to absolutely love it and live your whole life worshipping it? Or have you ever finished a book and then you are immediately scouring for the audioboook because you wanna relive the story again?
A SONG OF WRAITHS AND RUIN BY ROSEANNE BROWN was THAT book for me! THIS BOOK IS UTTER PERFECTION AND YES I AM SAYING IT, IF YOU DON’T READ THIS, YOU ARE STILL ONE STEP AWAY FROM EXPERIENCING THE PERFECT FANTASY!!!!
With diversity as the main strong hold, and world building inspired by WEST AFRICAN culture, ASOWAR brings to us a power packed story of magic,a quest against dark forces and with a whole lot of secrets and political intrigue. One of the main characters is a panic and anxiety attack rep and ohmyboy is he my cinnamon roll. Malik is one of those rare characters who you begin to love as soon as you get to meet him and as the story progresses your love and admiration for him only grows manifolds. He is kind at heart yet often undermining himself but is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to protecting his sisters! I MEAN CAN HE BE ANY MORE PERFECT? Karina, our lead female is the exact opposite (well sort of) and is what I’d like to call a fierce HYENA, and is second in line to the throne after her mother. Karina’s character is potrayed to be nonchalant and rather brash and reckless. I think I was immediately drawn to both of the charcters because I could find a piece of myself in both.
Now coming to the plot, diversity in books is so essential and if you had to pickhug your first diverse fantasy, let it be this. PLEASE. I am definite you will not regret it for a second. Rich in folk tales of the African culture, a story that mirrors systematic oppression of the recent times, and also with a complex elemental magic system that makes you crave for more knowledge of the culture depicted in Roseanne’s debut, ASOWAR is a riveting atmospheric tale that is STUNNING AND INCLUSIVE IN EVERY WAY.
And I ofcorse, couldn’t not mention the fact that ASOWAR has my favorite tropes i.e slow and vivid world building, forbidden romance, enemies to lovers and insta love!!! I AM CRAY-YAY for these and to find all of them in ASOWAR thrilled me!!!
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Judith
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for YA lovers!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 August 2020
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Haley R Flores
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic and World-building Perfection
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 January 2021
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Casey Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars A very plot driven story!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 August 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very plot driven story!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 August 2020
’𝑵𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒈𝒐𝒐𝒅 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒂 𝒑𝒍𝒂𝒄𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒓𝒆𝒇𝒖𝒔𝒆𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝒔𝒆𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒂𝒊𝒏 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒆𝒐𝒑𝒍𝒆 𝒐𝒏 𝒘𝒉𝒐𝒔𝒆 𝒃𝒂𝒄𝒌𝒔 𝒊𝒕 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒃𝒖𝒊𝒍𝒕.’

𝑅𝑜𝑠𝑒𝑎𝑛𝑛𝑒 .𝐴. 𝐵𝑟𝑜𝑤𝑛

A Song of Wraiths and Ruins is the first in a fantasy debut by Roseanne A Brown inspired by West African folklore. Here we follow two perspectives; Malik and Karina. At the start Malik and his sisters are trying to get into the city of Ziran where they hold a once every 50 years festival called Solstasia, so he can start a new life for himself and his sisters, however they are having trouble getting in because people of Maliks culture are not allowed to enter Ziran. Due to this his little sister ends up making a bargain, thats she’s unaware of, with a very ruthless god and when they finally enter Ziran Malicks younger sister is captured by this god. In order for Malik to get his sister back there is one thing he has to do and that is to kill the crown princess Karina, and in order to do this and get close to her he decides to enter the Soltasia festivals tournament.

Our other perspective Karina is crown princess of Ziran, however she is looked down upon by her people because she can be very rebellious and doesnt percieve herself to be a good leader. You can understand why she is so rebelious because she was thrown in to be crown princess very quickly after her older sister and father was killed, and she struggles to get along with her mother. Right before the solstiasia festival her mother was assassinated. this piled on a whole lot more grief but also responsibility on Karina and she can’t take it. She decides to use this resurrection ritual in order to bring her mother back but in order to do so she needs various different ingredients and one of these ingredients is the beating heart of a king. in order to get what she is looking for, she announces to the people of Ziran her prize for whoever wins Solstasia. The prize will be her hand in marriage.

…. and the story gets very interesting from there.

This book has the most intriguing plot ever. i was so excited when i finally received my copy so i could just jump right in. However at first i was slightly disappointed because I struggled with the beginning of this book. There were so many words relating to the world etc. thrown at you that reading it was a drag, however is got so much more interesting as you got to the actual main plot of the story so i was happy for that. My favourite part of this story was the plot, however, i think the world building and the magic system could have been described much better. I struggled to get a grasp on the whole world and magic system and it did not do well to draw me in. I also didn’t feel as connected to the characters as i would usually feel, so I’m hoping this can change for me within the sequel. This book gave me a terrible book hangover and i actually forgot the ending. i had to go back and read it before writing this review to refresh my mind. I am excited for the sequel though to see if it gets better from here. please do not make my review hinder your reading experience or if you want to pick it up because i do recommend you read it and gather your own thoughts. I don’t hate this book but i also don’t love it. however i do like it and i truly believe there is room for improvements within the sequel.
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Alison Carminke
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 June 2020
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Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly rich fantasy!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 September 2020
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