May 2, 2016
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Heir to the Sky by Amanda Sun!
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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.
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I absolutely adored Amanda Sun’s Paper Gods novels and I’ve been eagerly anticipating Heir to the Sky ever since I first read the novel’s description. A story set in a world where what remains of mankind lives on floating continents, high above the rest of the planet where monsters roam below? Add in the part where this is a novel written by one of my favorite authors? I was intrigued and excited to get reading.
Heir to the Sky introduces readers to Kali, the princess to a kingdom floating in the sky. Kali has grown up being told stories about the monsters that roam the earth and, like the citizens of her kingdom, has been told to live in fear of the edge of their continent. But Kali is not afraid of the edge of her world. As a girl who is responsible for maintaining the hope of her people, and as a girl who will soon be betrothed to a nobleman she doesn’t love, sitting at the edge of the world brings her peace.
Then, one day, Kali falls. Somehow, she manages to survive the fall and finds herself trapped on a land ravaged by monsters from her darkest nightmares. When she is saved by a monster hunter named Griffin, Kali trusts him with helping her return to her kingdom. But returning home is easier said than done. As Kali learns more about the survivors who have managed to live on the ground, she finds herself growing closer to Griffin, and uncovers secrets and betrayals about her home that will change everything.
What I loved most about Heir to the Sky was the cast of characters in the novel. I definitely feel like this is the kind of novel where the characters pull the plot and story forward. Every character in the novel is unique in that no two characters are the same. Sun gives her readers characters that they will be able to relate to in some way, shape, or form. I feel that Heir to the Sky is the kind of novel where readers will have a character that they identify with and are able to cheer on as the novel progresses.
The one complaint that I had when it came to Heir to the Sky was the novel’s world-building. I felt that there was so much potential when it came to the novel’s setting, and I really wish that it had been utilized in its entirety. There could have been a lot more descriptions and backstory that could have been given to the readers that would have made the novel’s setting far more immersive. The floating continents in the sky, and the land below that is filled with monsters like chimera and dragons, were parts of the novel’s world that I think could have been far more detailed and felt real had things been written a little differently.
The writing in Heir to the Sky is similar to that of Sun’s Paper Gods series. The writing is strong and, at times, very pretty, but I felt that Heir to the Sky did lack the same assertive voice that made the Paper Gods’ narrative really stand out for me. Don’t get me wrong, Heir to the Sky is still a very competent novel. The author’s writing makes it easy for readers to get invested in Kali and Griffin’s story as the novel progresses.
I would recommend Heir to the Sky to readers who are looking for a novel with a unique setting. Readers who are fans of Sun’s previous works should also give it a read. Readers who are looking for a novel that is filled with terrifying monsters and badass monster hunters should also give it a shot.
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