Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

magTitle: Magonia

Author:  Maria Dahvana Headley
Publisher: HarperCollins

Format: eBook
Publication Date: April 28, 2015

Overall: 3 out of 5 stars

Source: Edelweiss


Neil Gaiman’s Stardust meets John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars in this fantasy about a girl caught between two worlds… two races…and two destinies.

Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.

Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live.

So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?




The comparison between Neil Gaiman and John Green in the synopsis needs to go. I did enjoy this novel, but I had a totally expected a different kind of book because of that comparison. I can see the Neil Gaiman, but the John Green comparison just throws me for a loop. The characters in this book were very well fleshed out, and the steam-punk/bird/sky people thing was pretty neat. It just wasn’t explained as well as it could’ve been I thought.

Aza just amazed me with her tenacity, and I loved her very logical way of looking at things. But I felt like the explanations of the Magonians could have been better. I have a very fundamental understanding of how their whole bird thing works, and I would like to understand why Aza’s bird was chosen for her.  I would also like to understand how Zal got a heart-bird, and what is the difference between a heart-bird and a lung-bird asides from anatomy? Because the fact that you can break bonds with your bird, and then create a bond with a different type of bird tells me that there can’t be much difference. But then why was Caro so valuable?

I had a lot of questions at the end of this book. I can tell it’s going to have a sequel and I’m glad for that. I just felt like this book wanted to be super complicated, and it kind of was, but all of the explanations were too simple to explain such complex ideas. All of the characters were great though from Jason with his counting of pi, too Dai and his unfathomable loyalty to Zal. I do recommend reading this if you love steampunk, fantasy, or science fiction. Just be prepared to be waiting uncomfortably in hopes the next book answers some questions. 3 out of 5 stars.





3/5 – Worth Reading

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**


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