Magonia (Magonia #1) by Maria Dahvana Headley

July 20, 2015
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley, InToriLex, Book Review
Magonia (Magonia, #1)


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?


 I found these awesome Hybride illustrations by Antoine Helbert his portfolio can be found on his website These are the kind of people I imagine populate Magonia. I enjoyed this book immensely. It not only engrossed me into a very imaginative place in the sky, it made me care about the characters involved. Aza and Jason are best friends, bound by their bond and love for one another, they play well off of each-other. Although their nerdy adorableness could get cheesy, it never does and is actually sweet. (3.14159265359....)

"I'm an edited version of a real live girl, or at least that's what I say when I want to tell you something and I'd rather not talk about it but have to get it out of the way so we can move on to better topics."

A few chapters in and I was sobbing on my commute to work, caught up in emotion about characters by page 61. In Magonia I was taken in by the rich imagery, people that were half Owls, birds that bonded with you through a door in your body and squalwhales that create storms in the sky. Aza has to deal with an entire world that she is completely new to, while accepting that she has a role to play in it. She never seems overly whiny, but definitely unsure of herself and who to trust in Magonia. Birds come to life, and try to help Aza discover what she is, and what role she should play on her ship in the sky. There is a mention of a bird of paradise human looking character, but every time I think of that bird, I can't help but think of it's mating dance gif.

“Life and death aren’t as different from each other as I thought they were. This isn’t like walking into a new country. This is like walking into a new room in the same house. This is like sharing a hallway and the same row of framed family pictures, but there’s a glass wall between.”
The action described was awesome, and the plot moved along at a great pace. The world in the book did stem from actual research and some sources in the book are real. That makes me think that beyond this fictional tale, the author is getting the word out about people in history who may have see how awe inspiring the world could be. The originality was awesome, but the humor, the emotional moments and unforced romance makes this a rare gem, that everyone can enjoy. I didn't know this was going to be a series, but I'm happy it is. The book gives you a great conclusion but doesn't answer the many questions involved in Aza and Jason's future. Worth the read, this is a refreshing tale that will pleasantly surprise you.


Kindlemom said...

I've heard so many great things about this one, I really need to buy it and read it.
Wonderful review, so happy you loved this as well.

Erika said...

This book is super high on my to-be-read list! I love the idea, and I've heard so much good things about it. I can't wait to read it for myself! Great review :)

~Erika @ Books, Stars, Writing. And Everything In Between.

InToriLex said...

Thanks for reading, and yes definitely a great read!!

InToriLex said...

Thanks definitely something to pick up sooner than later!!

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