“Make a way out of no way” is just the way of life for Rue. But when her mother is shot dead on her doorstep, life for her and her younger sister changes forever. Rue’s taken from her neighborhood by the father she never knew, forced to leave her little sister behind, and whisked away to Ghizon–a hidden island of magic wielders.
Rue is the only half-god, half-human there, where leaders protect their magical powers at all costs and thrive on human suffering. Miserable and desperate to see her sister on the anniversary of their mother’s death, Rue breaks Ghizon’s sacred Do Not Leave Law and returns to Houston, only to discover that Black kids are being forced into crime and violence. And her sister, Tasha, is in danger of falling sway to the very forces that claimed their mother’s life.
Worse still, evidence mounts that the evil plaguing East Row is the same one that lurks in Ghizon–an evil that will stop at nothing until it has stolen everything from her and everyone she loves. Rue must embrace her true identity and wield the full magnitude of her ancestors’ power to save her neighborhood before the gods burn it to the ground.
“Mom raised a diamond and diamonds don’t crack.” -J.Elle. This is what Rue often says when times are tough and she needs to power through it. Rue’s life changes the moment she witnesses her mother being shot dead in front of her. She’s sent to live with a father who abandoned her when she was younger and spends most of the time loathing him. Understandably so. Especially when her father forces her to leave her little sister behind because she’s not his daughter. Rue is. Rue’s father introduces her to Ghizon- a place for magic wielders. It turns out that Rue is special-she’s the only half-god, half-human.
Wings of Ebony is an incredible, fast-paced fantasy! The world-building was perfect and I adored Rue as a protagonist. When her sister, Tasha, is in danger Rue goes back to save her which puts them in danger. It’s an epic fantasy that has a lot of action, magic, and betrayal. I was able to predict one of the major events in the book, but that’s probably because I’m an avid reader and writer.
Although it was slightly predictable – (I knew one of the major plot points that was going to happen)I absolutely adored this because it happened at a different point in the book from when I assumed it was going to happen. Overall thoughts: Go pick up Wings of Ebony and #GiftWINGS!