Written by Maria Dahvana Headley
Read by Michael Crouch, Therese Plummer
Series: Magonia #1
Published by HarperCollins
Publication Date: April 28th 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Contemporary Romance, Fairy Tale Retelling, Fantasy & Magic, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
Source: Los Angeles Public Library
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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?
Magonia is the debut book written by Maria Dahvana Headley and starts a new fantasy series of birdlike beings living in the clouds, in a world called Magonia. The heroine, Aza Ray has a disease. A rare disease that only she has. A disease that has kept her from breathing normally. Until her 16th birthday…
I was intrigued by this story when I first heard about it. The book cover is also eye-catching so I decided to listen to it via audiobook. I love that it is read by two narrators, the female reads Aza Ray’s part and the male reads Jason, Aza’s best friend.
Magonia is a very interesting read (although I had problems with parts of it so…). It tells the story of Aza Ray, a girl who has a very rare disease that has kept her from breathing normally. She has one best friend named Jason who has been in love with her (there are hints of this all through the book and I knew this was what it was). When Aza Ray “dies” she wakes up on a ship floating in the clouds and hears about Magonia. Aza Ray finds out that she is not human at all, but a daughter of the ship’s captain who was stolen when she was a baby.
I love the premise of the story. I loved the relationship between Jason and Aza. While listening to the story, I was found myself rooting for both of them, wanting them to reunite and be together. The world building was perfect. I loved how the author slowly introduced us to the world of Magonia since it wasn’t familiar to me.
The plot was fast-paced and full of adventure. There were times where the parts dragged but overall it was a fantastic ride.
I did have a few issues of the book. See, View Spoiler »Aza Ray was stolen when she was a year old and was left with a human family who also have a one-year-old daughter of the same name (huh?). Now, the family’s daughter was stolen so Aza Ray could take her place which got me to thinking that suuuuure, babies look the same but won’t the parents know the difference? I know if families who have twin babies that don’t confuse the two babies so I don’t know how this happened (right?). « Hide Spoiler I thought this was a loophole in the story. Other than this bit, I was thoroughly entertained.
I am definitely looking forward to the upcoming books in this series. I must say that I haven’t read anything like this before!