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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Magic creates a centuries-long divide between peoples in this stunning debut novel inspired by North African and West African folklore. I wanted to linger over moments of beauty, yes, but I also wanted to linger in pockets of drama, in moments of mystery, in those little scenes where the characters stopped and took a breath to re-evaluate or recenter themselves and their goals. When Malik rigs his way into the competition as the Life-aligned champion, he guarantees a place closer to Karina.

I don’t often read books with male protagonists, but even when I do find them I’ve never come across one anything like Malik. Malik sees red and shoves Driss, who falls so hard that he tumbles over the banister and dies just as Tunde and soldiers arrive. The way it's connected to the story's unique astrology system and spirituality was just chef's kiss - I kinda wanted more detail on the patron deities and their eras though.

Malik and his 2 sisters are fleeing their dangerous homeland and are hoping to find a job in the capital city, but when Malik's younger sister is captured by a magical being, their plan changes. But when their falsified papers are stolen before they can even get inside the city, things seem hopeless until a wish is granted by a mysterious storyteller. Malik and Karina, neither knowing who the other is, end up hiding together in an abandoned building and having a bit of a connection. I also love that it’s stated very clearly that she’s experienced with boys and is not a virgin in the slightest, while Malik is yet to have his first kiss.

Using magic that had long been dormant but was awakened by Idir, he creates an illusion of his patron deity naming him champion in front of everyone in the temple. They’ll travel to Arkwasi, where Karina will learn to control her powers and hopefully get the help of the Arkwasi army to help Karina take her place on the throne of Ziran and put Hanane back to rest. These characters feel like they don’t have time to ponder mysteries, but a part of me still kind of wishes that we lingered over certain things, and didn’t rush other scenes just to get to the next interesting plot point. However, this is a common attitude I’ve had towards the YA fantasy genre in general, so I would encourage people to take my rating for this with a grain of salt, especially considering that I am not the intended audience or demographic.It is revealed that they are the same kind of sorcerer, and Farid offers to teach him what he knows. This was not a bad book, but I still can't get over the fact (or the impression I have at least) that Malik is a 13 years old or 14 years old teenager and I have trouble connecting with that.

HOWEVER, there were some issues that I had with this book namely in the form of world development, magic system development, and the "romance. Shes a princess with a sharp tongue and an affinity for playing music- she's sort of the "second son"- and has been wildly considered a bit of a screw up. But as attraction flares between them and ancient evils stir, will they be able to see their tasks to the death?

Regardless, my main issue is that none of the side characters were interesting enough for me to care much about, which made the lack of scenes between our leads pretty tedious. To access you ebook(s) after purchasing, you can download the free Glose app or read instantly on your browser by logging into Glose. I know it's supposed to be part of how she deals with her trauma, but it didn't read that way--she's supposedly really smart, but also lazy, and she always seems to get lucky when she messes up, and it just didn't work for me. And I absolutely loved how well mental illness was represented through both Malik's and Karina's characters.

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