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Wings of Ebony von J. Elle
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Wings of Ebony (2021. Auflage)

von J. Elle (Autor)

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Titel:Wings of Ebony
Autoren:J. Elle (Autor)
Info:Denene Millner Books/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2021), 368 pages
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Ashes of Gold is the intense, powerful and triumphant conclusion to the Wings of Ebony fantasy duology. Wings of Ebony was a strong debut, but Ashes of Gold takes it to another level. The world of Ghizon and the magic system were more fully fleshed out, and the character development is deeper in this book. Rue remains a strong, badass, tenacious character but has to gain the self-confidence to accept herself as a leader of her people. She was intimidated by the thought of herself as a leader because she hadn't seen anyone like herself do it before. She realizes that she can lead, even if it means not being perfect and risking making mistakes. This action-paced contemporary/fantasy is brimming with humor, betrayal, twists, interesting characters and strong themes of social justice. Thanks to Books Forward and NetGalley for an eARC. ( )
  PennyOlson | Jan 12, 2022 |
I was really impressed at the world-building in this book and how figuring out who to trust gives an insight into how race and culture intertwine. I sometimes have a hard time reading books with narrators from other cultures because the slang can be so heavy that it feels like I'm trying to figure out another language. This book had slang used deliberately and repetitiously, so I could really follow what was going on.

My local library had a signed, first-edition copy of this book to borrow, which I really enjoyed. I'd recommend this to fans of fantasy and magic. Additionally, this book is both tactful and clear in discussing racism, discrimination, and violence and serves as a strong narrative for how not to be a racist, which is something I know I'll always need to keep learning about. ( )
  Emma.June.Lyon | Nov 1, 2021 |
  joyblue | Sep 7, 2021 |
RGG: A rift on the Black Panther saga. Racism, urban violence, drug use, colonial theft, etc.
  rgruberexcel | Jul 6, 2021 |
This book starts out the new series with a bang...and then some.

Rue grew up with her Moms and sister in Houston, but when her mother was murdered, she found herself shipped off to her father on islands hidden by magic to learn her 'people's' ways. Refusing to let her sister face the anniversary of Moms death alone a year later, Rue breaks one of the most important rules of the magic world and returns to Houston. While there, an accident nearly takes her sister's life, and she breaks two more rules to save her. That leaves Rue neck-deep in trouble, but when she returns for her punishment and learns that the leader is going to have her sister killed, she swears to do anything to stop that from happening. But trying to save her sister's life soon leads her to discover more lies...ones that flip her world upside-down.

This tale reminded me a bit of The Black Panther and somewhat of the hero Luke Cage but all of this mixed with tons of girl power and a dash of mythology tossed in. In other words, it takes a lot of awesomeness and weaves it together to create a powerful, action-packed tale. And gives tons of heart. Rue is a heroine to love, no matter how many sharp edges she packs. She knows what's important, grew up listening and embracing the wise words of her wonderful Moms, holds family and friends in the highest regard, and is definitely a girl you want in your corner. In other words, she's got everything needed to make a terrific heroine...which she does.

The story runs along at a quick pace, making it very hard to put down. The author starts it all off with a powerful first chapter, right in the action, and then, allows the necessary background to dribble in through flashbacks at just the right times. These are always highlighted with the specific point in time, which keeps confusion at bay. There is a lot going on in this story, and a lot of ground to cover. There are two worlds at play, and each one needs to be built with depth to make the characters real. It's a tough juggle, and the author does pick and choose as to what the reader needs to learn and what not. While the neighborhood in Houston was extremely well done (and the wonderful fam), I did miss more on Ghizon's end and would have loved to gain a richer look at that world, mostly because it is the more unfamiliar of the two. But, as said, time was of the essence in this book, and shoving everything needed into it also left a few minor logic hiccups at the end.

Despite this, I enjoyed the adventure thoroughly and loved accompanying Rue as she discovers herself, learns to come to terms with her past, fights with inspiring loyalty, and simply portrays a heroine worth rooting for. There are some more brutal moments in this one (for sensitive readers). Also, there is a hint of romance, but it's really only a hint. After all, Rue's got a ton on her plate, and there's only so much even a girl like her has time to think about. Even here, there seem to be promises of more in the upcoming books. This is definitely an engaging read, and I'm looking forward to seeing where Rue goes next.

I received an ARC and couldn't put it down. ( )
  tdrecker | Feb 18, 2021 |
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For O.C. and Amelia, who held on to me tightly, determined to help me be all that I could be.

And for you, reader, there is an ember in you that’s hungry to burn.

That is your magic. Let it.
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