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A Radiant Sky Hardcover – September 24, 2013
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Gr 8 Up—Faced with a choice between light and dark, the Order and the Rebellion, 17-year-old Skye, daughter of two fallen angels, chooses neither. Instead, she has decided that the only way to end the war between the two groups of angels is to forge a new path. This decision means giving up her boyfriend, Asher, whose loyalty lies with the Rebellion. It means being hunted by both factions, who will use all of their powers to either destroy her or control her Rogue powers for themselves. It means anyone who joins Skye-human, angel, or Rogue-is in danger. Skye's heart is broken and whispers in her mind tell her that she'll fail, but destiny can be rewritten and love could be the powerful force that wins the day. Davies packs a lot into this trilogy finale. Several new characters are introduced, old characters change loyalties, and secrets are finally revealed before the myriad threads come together in a satisfying ending. Readers who have enjoyed the earlier titles will devour this one and want more (the ending leaves that door open). Newcomers to the series can easily pick up A Radiant Sky as their introduction. Either way, this fast-paced, well-written novel should have no trouble attracting readers.—Heather Miller Cover, Homewood Public Library, AL
In the final title in Davies’ popular Beautiful Dark series, Skye has refused to align herself with either the Order or the Rebellion, choosing instead to create a third army, the Uprising, in an attempt to save the world. In doing so, she has severed her ties with Asher, the Rebel angel whom she loves and turned a suspicious eye on her Guardian angel friend, Deven. But her high-school friends vow loyalty to Skye and her ideals, in spite of the danger her friendship demands. This title introduces a delightful young person with budding powers much like Skye’s; follows the search for two Rogues who were friends of Skye’s parents; and features a love-smitten Aunt Jo. Once again, Davies has melded the mundane and the paranormal into an exciting story of good and evil, order and chaos, and love and loss—all in the span of Skye’s senior year. When the characters finally line up to fight to keep the balance of the heavens in check, it will signal the ultimate battle for love, peace, and normal high-school adolescence. Grades 8-11. --Frances Bradburn
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Skye has grown as a person, she see things differently. Skye still struggles (and who wouldn't her her position) but she stays the course. She realize that lots of people do things that they would rather not and that finding the balance was always something that she alone could do and had to do. I love how Skye's friends stay by her side no matter what, they have a true friendship and I love that they are regular people and aren't kept in the dark about the supernatural world that's around them.
The whole Devin and Asher debacle comes to a close, Skye picks once and for all. I have to say that part of me never really trusted either because they were there on a mission and that mission was Skye. I hated how they both seem manipulative and you couldn't really count on them. However, I do like that they had something that meant something to them, something that they believed in and fought for.
This book did not end how I expected it to. The battle was a little weird, characters did things that I don't understand and I don't understand how one event happened and that changes certain things. Very confusing. Anyway it still ended on a decent note for the series.
A Radiant Sky had love and loss, heartbreak, battles, family and friendships and discovers. It is the end of a pretty decent series, if you read the other books in the series then this one is worth checking out.
Skye has grown up a lot in the past year. Since discovering she is the daughter of angels, one from the Order and the other from the Rebellion, she's had attempts on her life, on her friends' lives, and watched as people she cares about suffer. Instead of taking the easy way out by picking a side to fight for, she defies everyone and chooses to fight for herself, for her cause. She will not belong to either faction and allow herself to be controlled as a means to an end. Making this choice puts both sides against her and puts the lives of those around her at risk.
Skye has really come into her own power. She's embracing her powers, learning how to fight and control them. She's playing an active role now, making her decisions and not allowing them to be made for her. She's standing up to her fears and learning how to fight past them, even if she can't get rid of them. Her family and friends are what make her strong and she uses those bonds to motivate her. It was wonderful to read her becoming the woman she needed to be in order to fight for the world she loves.
Asher is a little absent in this novel, but I don't really mind. It forced Skye to realize who was important and worth fighting for. The moment they come back together is completely worth every moment of Asher being gone. Devin also plays an interesting role in this novel. The love triangle is gone, but that doesn't mean he isn't in Skye's life anymore. They come to an agreement about their relationship, one that they both can live with, and in the end it makes them both stronger.
There were only a couple moments that took me out of the novel. I'm all for personal reflection and realization, but there were times when it went past reflection and moved into nearly eye-roll inducing. It didn't happen enough to really hurt the book for me, but I could have done without them. There were also a few things that fell into place a little too perfectly; a little more challenge surrounding those moments would have been nice.
A Radiant Sky is a fantastic conclusion to a great series. It is the showdown between order and chaos, where the outcome isn't known until the very end. It kept me guessing and intrigued, wondering how things would unfold and what the losses would be. And when I finally reached those last words, everything felt right. It was the ending Skye earned.
The Rebel’s set fire to Aunt Jo’s business caused a flash flood and Astaroth invaded Skye’s mind. Skye thought Earth might be the 4th Rogue. Earth and Skye go outside and Earth shows Skye how she can touch the stars and that she was only able to do it once before and the stars spelled out that she was to help Skye.
After the flash flood, Skye stepped up her investigation into finding James.
The book wrapped up nice and neat. The characters were just as fabulous in this book as they were in the previous books. However, I think the best character in the book was Earth. She was such a great character and so wise for her age.
It’s a definite must read! Sad to see the series go.