The cover of this book caught my eye and the story was a complete surprise. I loved the platonic friendship between Hassan and Fatima. The time period was a refreshing historical setting. I've never read a book set during the Spanish inquisition from the point of view of a Muslim character. The journey to find the Bird King was fun and action packed. The ending was a surprise and very magical. This is definitely a book I'd highly recommend to any fantasy or historical fantasy reader. If you like unique settings and great friendships mixed with a dash of mythology and folk lore then this is the book for you. I love when a beautiful cover matches a beautiful story. This was such a well written diverse fantasy that more people need to read. I definitely see myself rereading this story to revisit these characters and their amazing journey of friendship and faith.