Sunday, 28 August 2016
Heir to the Sky
Heir to the Sky is by Amanda Sun.
As heir to a kingdom of floating continents, Kali has spent her life bound by limits—by her duties as a member of the royal family, by a forced betrothal to the son of a nobleman, and by the edge of the only world she’s ever known—a small island hovering above a monster-ridden earth, long since uninhabited by humans. She is the Eternal Flame of Hope for what’s left of mankind, the wick and the wax burning in service for her people, and for their revered Phoenix, whose magic keeps them aloft.
When Kali falls off the edge of her kingdom and miraculously survives, she is shocked to discover there are still humans on the earth. Determined to get home, Kali entrusts a rugged monster-hunter named Griffin to guide her across a world overrun by chimera, storm dragons, basilisks, and other terrifying beasts. But the more time she spends on earth, the more dark truths she begins to uncover about her home in the sky, and the more resolute she is to start burning for herself.
1. I won this book in a giveaway from the Blog tour off That Artsy Reader Girl's blog. I was super excited about it after reading the synopsis, but the actual book fell a little flat for me. I had a hard time with several of the characters, and most of Sun's revelations where really not that surprising, and others were like she just threw them in for a twist factor but were not very integrated into the story.
2. I had a very hard time liking Kali. Even though she knows about the rebels, and has seen clues to the origins of the floating continents, she remains resistant to the story that Griffin's sister and others tell her, and that her father is totally innocent in all of it, even though he is the Monarch. I just wanted to shake some sense into her at times.
3. I did like Griffin. I think for me he was the best part of this book. He is smart, cunning, and loyal. He is quick to help Kali, and keeps his promises to her despite the risk to him. Although, I figured out his origin as soon as his sister was introduced, and strongly suspected before that even.
4. I felt many of the supporting characters, including the antagonist, were very one dimensional. It was hard to really like them, when there was so little to them. I am a firm believer that a supporting cast of characters can make or break a story, and sadly they were broken in this story.
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