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It was a great honor to get to review G. Willow Wilson’s new novel, The Bird King, for the New York Times Book Review. Wilson is a novelist of great depth and breadth; she makes me laugh and sometimes giggle, while addressing topics of great importance—gender, religion, bias, inequality—without flinching. Also, I love her contributions to Ms. Marvel. I hope you enjoy this review and will go out and read her books.

What if an empire of Jewish warriors that really existed in the Middle Ages had never fallen—and was the only thing standing between Hitler and his conquest of Russia?

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