Kolie is a young crow, who lost his parents during the brutal massacre of birds. Humans have decided to eliminate birds because they believe that birds have brought diseases to their society. Kolie and the few remaining birds are running away from the evil princess Annsey who is after their blood.
Annsey wants to kill the birds, and then use their blood to complete her magic potion, so she could put the king and the royal court under her evil spell. Kolie and his friends are eager to get to Damaron Mountain, where the mythical bird Simurgh lives. They want to have a peaceful life, on Damaron, far from the evil princess and any other human. In their journey, the birds face evil forces and numerous life-threatening obstacles, which could destroy them before they could reach Damaron.
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Let's start with the good points, the story was really fun. It is a nice fantasy book where we get to see the characters grow and learn from their mistakes. The main character, Kolie, is truly the underdog in this book. He is put down by not only the humans and the other birds but also himself. He really grows through this book and learns to trust himself. All of the other birds grow and learn about themselves through the story as well. It was interesting to see the most shallow birds become more compassionate throughout the book. This book also does an excellent job of touching on racism and bullying even within a refugee population. We also see how propaganda lies not only persist through the human but also the birds when it comes to the belief that crows were the reason for the diseases of man. This is also very true in the real world if you hear something enough you will start to believe it, no matter how ridiculous it is. Now for the parts I didn't like, the beginning and the end felt a little disjointed from the rest of the story. I understand the book is supposed to be a fairytale or a fable that the queen is telling this boy, however, it was just jarring. Had those parts been removed it would have worked better. Also, there are areas in this book that were a little wordy. Thet felt like they dragged on and didn't add to the story. You can tell that this is his first book. Overall, this book has an interesting concept and storyline.