Wings of Ebony

J. Elle

fiction fantasy young adult
challenging dark emotional fast-paced

367 pages | first published 2021

“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.

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adventurous 84%
emotional 72%
tense 57%
dark 36%
inspiring 36%
challenging 34%
hopeful 30%
mysterious 30%
reflective 20%
sad 10%
funny 8%
informative 6%


fast 57%
medium 40%
slow 2%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 64% | Plot: 19% | Character: 16%

Strong character development?

Yes: 86% | It's complicated: 13%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 70% | It's complicated: 27% | No: 2%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 95% | It's complicated: 4%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 57% | No: 28% | It's complicated: 11% | N/A: 2%

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