I have spent the weekend trying to make a space for the

I have spent the weekend trying to make a space for the

6/1/2021, 9:16:12 PM
I have spent the weekend trying to make a space for the Black voices that need to be amplified instead of taking up that space with my own feelings. But I also recognize that a few instagram stories are not enough. Today I wanted to add my voice to the many other Bookstagrammers here that #BlackLivesMatter and the hard work required to make the changes our world and communities need is the work of the privileged. This is our work. . In this space, I will make a more focused effort on supporting Black authors and amplifying Black bookstagrammers. Ways we can do this together as reviewers and customers/readers is to ask publishers if they have sent books by Black authors and about Black stories to Black reviewers first, to support Black authors by purchasing, borrowing from libraries, and posting about their books, and to buy from Black owned bookstores and companies. We need to continue the momentum of this moment and carry it on each day. . Today I am featuring “A Song of Wrath and Ruin” a debut fantasy by Roseanne A. Brown, which releases tomorrow. It is the first in a duology inspired by West African folklore. I love book inspired by folktales and know very little stories from Africa. I’m excited to dive in. . Synopsis: 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 course to destroy each other. But as attraction flares between them and ancient evils stir, will they be able to see their tasks to death

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