Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club, Netgalley, and Page Street Books for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.
Oh my god.
I literally have no words for this except holy cow. This book, this plot, these characters, I’m blown away. Ibañez really just blew me away and basically made me her forever fan with this novel. I’m literally at a loss for words right now. The love and care that went into this novel, not just coming from an #OwnVoices author, and not just writing just to write, but the actual heart and soul that went into this novel is so transparent when you read it that you can’t help but feel something for this. It’s like Ibañez opened up her heart to us, her love of Bolivia, her culture, her family, her thoughts on the political climate happening in Bolivia and the people that have to live through that kind of turmoil every single day… just wow.
I am so, so, so glad that this book is out in the world. I’m so glad that Ibañez wrote this novel for the world to see. I’m so glad that Page Street Books said they would publish it, and gave her the support that she deserves in making sure that people are able to get this book, to read it, to digest it. To support HER. To support her world. To support more Latinx authors and Latinx inspired fantasy novels because this was not even heard of back when I was growing up. To support more #OwnVoices authors telling their story in their space, showing people that YES, we do exist and YES we want our stories to be heard and YES we can and should be celebrated.
I’m just so glad.