The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson features fantasy, history, and romance. What's not to love? It follows Fatima, a concubine in the royal court of Granada (the last emirate of Muslim Spain) and her friend Hassan, the palace mapmaker. Hassan is no ordinary mapmaker, though — he can bend the maps he draws into reality. When representatives of the newly formed Spanish monarchy arrive to negotiate the sultan's surrender, they see his ability as a threat, and he and Fatima plan an escape across the country.