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A Song of Wraiths and Ruin

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Idir can’t resist this offer, but once Malik has Idir inside his mind, he is able to trap Idir there and take back over. But the main ingredient needed is the heart of a king, which Ziran has not had since her father died. 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. The pacing structure is incredibly strange- sometimes picking up and moving with grace and speed- and other times, dragging and focusing on details that didn't feel like they were contributing a lot to the story and atmosphere as a whole.

Even the book’s map itself creates a sense of exciting new worlds, with the Snowlands to the south, the masks in the corner, and jungles to the north. Idir – found later in the story to also be the Faceless King who is the villain of the founding legend of Ziran, Idir is a powerful spirit who was trapped in another realm by Bahia Alahari, his wife and the first sultana of Ziran.

Karina plans on using Malik and a couple of other people for the human sacrifice while Malik plans to kill her to save his sister.

Regardless of who had her mother killed, none of it will matter if she can manage to bring her back, so she sets about trying to find someone who can help her learn more about magic.It works, and Karina knows how she can blackmail the council into revealing who the traitor is that hired the assassin to kill her mother. But she is fierce and independent and willing to stand up for what she believes in, never willing to back down from a challenge. 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.

This story barrels along like a high-speed train, its energy reminiscent of Malik’s fidgeting anxiety or Karina’s frenzied fixation on the increasingly shrinking time she has left to perform her ritual.Since no one believes magic really exists, Malik performs a story about Hyena, the popular mythical trickster, using his illusions as accents to his story. They argue, and Karina realizes that it was Farid all along, Farid was the one who had her mother assassinated and has been pulling the strings the entire time.

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