Title: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin
Author: Roseanne A. Brown
Genre/s and Tags: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology, POC, Diverse reads
Content Warnings: Violence, Racism/Oppression
Publication date: June 2, 2020
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.
For Malik, the Solstasia festival is a chance to escape his war-stricken home and start a new life with his sisters in the prosperous desert city of Ziran. But when a vengeful spirit abducts Malik’s younger sister, Nadia, as payment into the city, Malik strikes a fatal deal—kill Karina, Crown Princess of Ziran, for Nadia’s freedom.
But Karina has deadly aspirations of her own. Her mother, the Sultana, has been assassinated; her court threatens mutiny; and Solstasia looms like a knife over her neck. Grief-stricken, Karina decides to resurrect her mother through ancient magic . . . requiring the beating heart of a king. And she knows just how to obtain one: by offering her hand in marriage to the victor of the Solstasia competition.
When Malik rigs his way into the contest, they are set on a course to destroy each other. But as attraction flares between them and ancient evils stir, will they be able to see their tasks to the death?
Hello book nerds! Today is my stop for the A Song of Wraiths and Ruin Blog Tour hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club. I’ll be reviewing A Song of Wraiths and Ruin and sharing a mood board!
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin is brilliantly done! Though it took a while to build up, the world-building and high-stakes plot are more than enough to get you hooked.
My thoughts on A Song of Wraiths and Ruin
The very first thing that truly struck me as I was reading this book was that it has such a fantastic world-building! It’s intricate and it’s beautiful, and just so mesmerizing! The same goes for the mythology and the magic system that the story has. It’s rich and magical and will definitely hold your attention. To be honest, it also made me want to learn more about West African folklore since this was the main inspiration of the book!
I also thought the author did a good job building these main characters. I was able to see Karina and Malik’s aspirations, their insecurities, their passion, and their perspectives in their contrasting lives. Unfortunately, when it came to the romance, I was left unsatisfied. I just didn’t find it believable enough, and it seemed like one of those pairings that only interacted with each other for a few times but already felt attracted to each other. Still, it doesn’t mean that I didn’t like Karina and Malik’s dynamic. Karina and Malik together is definitely interesting and I think them working together (instead of trying to kill each other) will be such a powerhouse! I can’t wait to see how they are in the sequel!
As for the plot, it definitely took a while to build up. However, everything was so interesting that you’re still invested and you won’t want to take your eyes off the page. It was adventurous and exciting, and some of the plot twists were surprising. I remember thinking, “woah, that was W I L D” after reading this book! Have to say though, I kind of predicted one of the major plot twists in the book. Still, it was damn enjoyable.
In conclusion, GET THIS BOOK. I swear, you will not regret it!
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin Mood Board
Here’s the mood board I created inspired by the book!
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About the Author
Roseanne “Rosie” A. Brown was born in Kumasi, Ghana and immigrated to the wild
jungles of central Maryland as a child. Writing was her first love, and she knew from a young age that she wanted to use the power of writing
—creative and otherwise—to connect the different cultures she called home. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s in Journalism and was also a teaching assistant for the school’s Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House program. Her journalistic work has been featured by Voice of America among other outlets.
On the publishing side of things, she has worked as an editorial intern at Entangled Publishing. Rosie was a 2017 Pitch Wars mentee and 2018 Pitch Wars mentor. Never content to stay in any one place for too long, Rosie currently teaches in Japan, where in her free time she can usually be found exploring the local mountains, explaining memes to her students, or thinking about Star Wars.
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Prize: Win an ASOWAR bookplate, bookmark, two trading cards, and access to the exclusive short story (INT)
Starts: June 2 2020
Ends: June 16 2020