Book Review: Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley


Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

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?

-from Goodreads

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


This is one of the best books I have read this year.

I started reading this book at the laundromat. That was a mistake. This was not the first time I started sobbing uncontrollably in the laundromat, but it was the first time I heard a child describe me as “the crying lady”.

Side note- I need a new laundromat.

This books was so good. I loved the way the author blended fantasy with realism without going over the top or cheesy. The story made sense somehow. Like if Joe Randomdude came up to me and summed up this book, I would say “well that makes no fucking sense. Get away from me.” But this author made it work.

I don’t want to say too much about the plot or characters because I don’t want to spoil anything.

It was amazing and heartbreaking. I loved it and I will be buying it for my own personal collection. Even though it made me cry like a baby.


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