Top positive review
A perfect fantasy for fans of CoBaB!!
Reviewed in India 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!
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. 💯