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 by G.
Willow Wilson 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.
New York City, 1919. Lillie Mead is a husk of her former self as she mourns the loss of her beloved in the war. She stays with her married sister and struggles to carry on with her life. A proposal, from a wealthy British friend, to investigate and report the possible murder of a British aristocrat gives her a glimmer of hope – of rebuilding her life.
What initially transpires as an open-and-shut case soon spirals into something more sinister. Can Lillie expose the truth before she follows the deceased aristocrat’s way? Read An Unfortunate End by Lisa Zumpano to find out.
Mickel Cardell, an infirm ex-soldier and former guard, fishes out a mutilated corpse from the fetid lake of Stockholm. The corpse has no limbs, eyes, teeth, or tongue. The only thing that distinguishes it from a discarded carcass is his mass of golden hair. Cecil Winge is a brilliant consulting detective to the Stockholm police and is suffering from tuberculosis. Together, Winge and Cardell must race against time to discover the monster who ravaged this unidentifiable man. Meanwhile, Kristopher Blix—a joyful fellow—arrives in Stockholm from his village to become a doctor. His initial good fortunes soon take a turn for the worse. In another corner of the city, Anna Stina—a young woman—is unjustly imprisoned in a workhouse. She hopes to escape from the hellhole, but she should do it soon since she is the next target of a sadistic guard. The paths of these extraordinary characters collide in unexpected ways in The Wolf and the Watchman penned by Niklas Natt Och Dag.
2019 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge is the first Reading Challenge I have subscribed to after being a part of blogosphere. Hosted by Amy at Passages to the Past, this challenge has several levels. There are also monthly check-ins with links to post your progress and reviews.
Here are the Reading Challenge details:
Each month, a new post dedicated to the HF Challenge will be created. To participate, you only have to follow the rules:
Everyone can participate! If you don’t have a blog, you can post a link to your review if it’s posted on Goodreads, Facebook, or Amazon, or you can add your book title and thoughts in the comment section if you wish.
Add the link(s) of your review(s) including your name and book title to the Mister Linky Amy will be adding to the monthly post (please use the direct URL that will guide us directly to your review)
Any sub-genre of historical fiction is accepted (Historical Romance, Historical Mystery, Historical Fantasy, Young Adult, History/Non-Fiction, etc.)