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Heir to the Sky (Harlequin Teen) Paperback – April 25, 2017
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From School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Sun combines the increasingly popular setting of floating realms with dashes of dystopia and romance and tops it off with some monsters for a wonderful fantasy novel. Kali is the daughter of the Monarch of Ashra, who rules over the lands in the sky of Ashra, Burumu, Nartu, and the Floating Isles. Although Kali does not love him, she is betrothed to Jonash, the son of the Sargon, protector of the realm. She overhears the Elder Aban and an officer of the Elite Guard talking of rebellion in Burumu and knowledge from the ancient annals that has been hidden. She reveals this conversation to her best friend, Elisha, and Jonash as they are strolling at night near the edge of Ashra. Jonash stumbles, and trying to save him, Kali falls. She awakens later, alive but in pain on the earth below, a place that she was always taught was filled with monsters. She is saved from her first monster attack by Griffin, a young man about her age. Kali is surprised to learn that a few humans still live in the land below, and Griffin begins to teach her that many of the other things that she learned in Ashra were false. This brilliant tale should appeal to fans of Lauren DeStefano and Veronica Rossi, as it mixes the sky kingdom world of one with the survival elements of the other. VERDICT A must for all teen fantasy collections.—Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Amanda Sun was born in Deep River, Ontario, and now lives in Toronto. The Paper Gods series, which includes Ink, Rain, and Storm, was inspired by her time living in Osaka and traveling throughout Japan. She is an avid video gamer and cosplayer. Visit her on the web at www.amandasunbooks.com and on twitter @Amanda_Sun.
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"I'm the Wick and the Wax, my father always tells me. I must burn for others, even if it means I will burn and crumble for those whose path I light."
This story follows a girl name Kali who is the princess of the Kingdom of Ashra, her father being the monarch. Ashra is a floating continent far up in the sky above the clouds of earth. 300 years ago, an event called the Rending happened where this section of earth was lifted up into the skies to protect the people from the awful monsters that began to inhabit earth.
The book begins on the anniversary of this event and during the celebration, Kali is forced into a betrothal to a neighboring floating kingdom. She is not too happy about this. Kali being incredibly curious about the world below her, she is constantly visiting the library in the citadel and reading about its wonders but no one seems to really know anything. The elders even believe humans are officially extinct on earth. Tsk Tsk.
One night while walking with her best friend and her basically now fiance. Kali ends up falling off the edge and tumbles far far below and she miraculously survives.
" "The earth. I'm on the earth. My world, my friends, my father... they're all high above on that floating continent. Completely out of reach."
I found this book to be so interesting. I've never read about a floating island in the sky and earth being this ancient world. It added this touch of dystopian element to a fantasy story. I also find that this book reads like a Final Fantasy game. I couldn't help but picture all of the characters like Final Fantasy characters and all the scenes in that type of animation that the games are in. In fact every time the main character would run into a monster, the Final Fantasy fight music would start playing in my head. It was too perfect.
I really enjoyed the story. It was super creative. Unfortunately though, I predicted just about everything that was going to happen. Every twist, every plot point. (even though the story was very simple) It left me very unsatisfied in the end because of this but this book oddly left a gooey spot in my heart because I still enjoyed it. Just wish some of it's flaws were polished!
"I will not be the wick and the wax any longer. I will be the flame, and I will light a new world for us all."
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Quick & Dirty: An Earth ridden with monsters and a sky inhabited by humans.Read more
Interesting - hard to put down. Very likeable and honorable characters. I enjoyed this blok very much. "Monsters are always monsters"