Review: Aerie (Magonia, #2) by Maria Dahvana Headley

Aerie is the sequel to Magonia, and picks up a year after Aza Ray died and found out that she’s from a country in the sky called Magonia. She’s happy with her boyfriend Jason, and living as much of a “normal” life as she can. After Jason makes a horrible mistake, Aza finds herself back in Magonia, searching for a weapon rumoured to help her against her mother Zal Quel. It’s a journey that will transform her forever.


If you have read my review of Magonia you probably remember that I wasn’t fully convinced by it. I am glad to say that the sequel was much better. While I still would love to know more about Magonia than the book tells us, the second book did a lot better job at selling to me that I didn’t actually need to know everything.

The plot of Aerie was what ultimately convinced me here. It feels a lot faster than the first book, maybe because a lot more actually happens this time around. On top of that the plot adds a lot to the world of the book, not just Magonia itself, but everything around it as well, which makes the whole thing feel more well rounded in my opinion.

The characters aren’t really different from the first book. In fact, I feel like there’s little character development for most of them, apart from Aza, who comes out of the story with a lot more knowledge of herself. Dai is maybe the only other character with significant development. Jason on the other hand essentially stays the same.

One of the things I absolutely loved about Magonia was the style it was written in, and Aerie is just as good again. Headley writes beautiful prose and I absolutely adore it. I was really glad to find that the style remained the same, slightly otherworldly, poetic prose that I had loved in the first book.

Overall I am really glad I decided to pick up Aerie, because it would have been a pity to miss out on this book because of the things I didn’t like about the first book. It definitely shows that sometimes series do get better even if their first books aren’t fully convincing. I’d absolutely love to read more about this world!

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 Stars)

Additional Information

Publication Date: 4 October 2016
Publisher: HarperCollins
Page Count: 320
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
ISBN: 9780062565372


The stunning sequel to Maria Dahvana Headley’s critically acclaimed Magonia tells the story of one girl who must make an impossible choice between two families, two homes—and two versions of herself.

Aza Ray is back on earth. Her boyfriend, Jason, is overjoyed. Her family is healed. She’s living a normal life, or as normal as it can be if you’ve spent the past year dying, waking up on a sky ship, and discovering that your song can change the world.

As in, not normal. Part of Aza still yearns for the clouds, no matter how much she loves the people on the ground.

When Jason’s paranoia over Aza’s safety causes him to make a terrible mistake, Aza finds herself a fugitive in Magonia, tasked with opposing her radical, bloodthirsty, recently escaped mother, Zal Quel, and her singing partner, Dai. She must travel to the edge of the world in search of a legendary weapon, the Flock, in a journey through fire and identity that will transform her forever.

Told in Maria Headley’s trademark John Green–meets–Neil Gaiman voice, Aerie is sure to satisfy the many readers who can’t wait to return to the spellbinding world of Magonia.



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