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Book Review: Wings of Ebony

Updated: Mar 16, 2022

Hello Write Voicers,

Per my promise from March 1st (you can read it here), I am releasing the second of the reviews that I promised for this month. My review of Wings of Ebony by J. Elle was supposed to be for December, but here we are. Again, apologies for missing those months. I'm still not 100% here, so I'm going to be honest and admit that I copied and pasted this review from my Amazon profile. I have added a few more details that weren't in that review, so I hope you all are okay. As I said, it's been rough lately. But, I hope that you'll still find some value in my review. So, here it is: Wings of Ebony by J. Elle.

What's the novel about?

Wings of Ebony is a YA Fantasy novel about a girl named Rue who wants to give her sister a birthday

present. There's just one problem: After her mom died, Rue was taken to live with her father in Ghizon, a place where magic is everything. There, traveling to the human world is forbidden since it could risk exposing magic to the general population. Rue leaves anyways, and the trip goes awry when her sister is almost killed. Now, she'll have to fight for her sister, her community, and her people.

What I loved about it.

This book is one of my favorites for a lot of reasons, but I'm going to narrow it down to three:

1) I love how fierce Rue is. She's put in these impossible situations and always finds a way out. When she says that her mom raised a diamond and that diamond don't crack, she means it. And the book goes back to this theme quite often.

2) I love how this book focuses on community and how there's a contrast between East Row and Ghizon. In East Row, Rue is beloved and her community has her back no matter what. But in Ghizon family ties, both biological and formed, are looked down upon. One community is any the group, the other is about the individual and it's clear which is which when you read the book.

3) I love how seamlessly the magic and real world are interwoven. Neither overpowers the other, and my suspension of disbelief never faltered.

J. Elle did a wonderful job in creating a world full of magic and wonder while simultaneously discussing real-world issues that need to be addressed.

He did go out in a blaze of glory though...

What I disliked about it.

I don't have much that I disliked about Wings. If I had to find fault with anything, it would be Aasim's death. I think that it came a bit too early, but mostly I was disappointed that we didn't see more of him overall. But, perhaps Jess will write us a prequel someday (fingers crossed!) and we can see the life that he and her mother had when Rue was born.

Overall Thoughts

I give this book five stars out of five because I really love it. But youd don't have to take my word for it. J. Elle's work speaks for itself with all the nominations and awards she's been given this year.

More Information

J. Elle is the author of Wings of Ebony and Ashes of Gold. Her middle-grade novel A Taste of Magic is now available for pre-order.

For information on what she's up to, and adventures with her characters, you can visit her website.

If you want more J. Elle, you can also read this review.

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