A Song of Wraiths and Ruin

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin #1

Roseanne A. Brown

fiction fantasy young adult
adventurous emotional mysterious fast-paced

480 pages | first published 2020

The first in an immersive fantasy duology inspired by West African folklore in which a grieving crown princess and a desperate refugee find themselves on a collision course to murder each other despite their growing attraction—from debut author Roseanne A. Brown. Perfect for fans of Tomi Adeyemi, Renée Ahdieh, and Sabaa Tahir.

For Malik, the Solstasia festival is a chance to escape his war-stricken home and start a new life with his sisters in the prosperous desert city of Ziran. But when a vengeful spirit abducts Malik’s younger sister, Nadia, as payment into the city, Malik strikes a fatal deal—kill Karina, Crown Princess of Ziran, for Nadia’s freedom.

But Karina has deadly aspirations of her own. Her mother, the Sultana, has been assassinated; her court threatens mutiny; and Solstasia looms like a knife over her neck. Grief-stricken, Karina decides to resurrect her mother through ancient magic . . . requiring the beating heart of a king. And she knows just how to obtain one: by offering her hand in marriage to the victor of the Solstasia competition.

When Malik rigs his way into the contest, they are set on a heart-pounding course to destroy each other. But as attraction flares between them and ancient evils stir, will they be able to see their tasks to the death?

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adventurous 93%
emotional 51%
mysterious 48%
tense 41%
dark 38%
challenging 12%
hopeful 11%
inspiring 8%
sad 8%
funny 5%
reflective 4%
informative 1%
lighthearted 1%


medium 60%
fast 32%
slow 6%

Plot- or character-driven?

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Strong character development?

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Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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