The Bird King (Large Print / Library Binding)

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1491 Spain: A Muslim courtesan and her best friend, the palace's magical cartographer, must flee when the Christian Inquisition threatens their freedom. Escaping with the help of a wayward jinn, the two embark on an epic adventure to an unknown land that might not even exist. This rich novel is laden with wisdom about friendship, love, and faith, besides being a thrilling story of adventure to last the ages - a truly magical tale.

— Luisa

March 2019 Indie Next List

“Fatima is a concubine of the sultan of the last emirate in the Iberian Peninsula to submit to the Spanish Inquisition. When her dearest friend, Hassan, a mapmaker who can map places he has never seen (and that do not always exist), is singled out by the Inquisition, she flees with him and a jinn, following the trail of the elusive and mythical Bird King, who may or may not be able to grant them sanctuary. Wilson’s latest novel is rich with the historical detail, lush description, and fantastical elements that we have come to know and love from her. A story of resistance, freedom, seeking, and strength, and a true fable for our times.”
— Anna Eklund, University Book Store, Seattle, WA


From Hugo Award��winning author G. Willow Wilson comes an epic journey set during the reign of the last sultan in the Iberian Peninsula at the height of the Spanish Inquisition, when the West and the Muslim world were not yet separate.

About the Author

G. Willow Wilson is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Alif the Unseen, the memoir The Butterfly Mosque, and the graphic novels Cairo, Air, and Vixen. She co-created the celebrated comic book series Ms. Marvel starring Kamala Khan, winner of the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story, and recently debuted as writer of the Wonder Woman comics. She currently lives in Seattle.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781432867195
ISBN-10: 1432867199
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: August 28th, 2019
Pages: 603
Language: English