Magonia By Maria Dahvana Headley: Fade To Feathers

When I started this book, I thought I was diving into a new fantasy world with amazing characters. I wasn’t disappointed but Magonia doesn’t start as you think. For example, I started out the book by crying for half an hour.

What is Magonia about?

Honestly, this story reminds me of Romeo and Juliet. Aza (Juliet) has been sick for as long as she can remember with a seemingly incurable disease. Her best friend/potential love interest, Jason (Romeo) has been by her side for numerous years. They are both knowledgeable, well-read characters who know many digits of PI. It’s the week before Aza’s 16th birthday. She goes to the hospital and the doctors discover she has a feather in her chest. For someone who cannot breathe well, having a feather in their chest does not help matters. Juliet is as Juliet does. Then we get a chapter from Jason’s perspective. His perspective is real and raw. From there we switch from a ‘Fault in Our Stars’ book to a classic fantasy book. As I said, Juliet is as Juliet does. Aza finds herself on a pirate-ish ship in the clouds surrounded by humanoid birds.

What I liked about Magonia:

  • Whenever a chapter switches to Jason’s perspective.
  • The magic system is all through singing and only works if the magic-user has their bird akin to a familiar.
  • A revolution is coming
  • Jason and Aza have a great devotion to each other
  • the humanoid birds are interesting and I would like to see their developments
  • I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where your hairstyle is indicative of your intentions and rank.
  • There’s a nice message that you choose your destiny.

What I didn’t like about Magonia:

  • There’s consistent secrecy once Aza gets on the cloud ship for no seemingly real reason.
  • I think it would have been cool to have more interactions with the revolutionaries.
  • The fates of the captain and Dai are ambiguous, I’m sure it’ll be revealed in the next book but it’s annoying.
  • After the climax of the book, Aza takes on a new form and goes home. I think it’s utterly screwed up. How would you feel if a stranger showed up to your door, claiming to be a dead relative while acting and sounding like the dead relative? Screwed up.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I give the book a 7/10. Check out my other similar review on P.S. I Love You. Comment below your favorite sappy book and if you want to read it, you can find it here on Amazon (not affiliated)!

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