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The Skylighter (The Keepers' Chronicles) Hardcover – March 22, 2016
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Gr 8 Up-This second installment picks up right where The Storyspinner (S. & S., 2014) left off. Johanna, with help from Rafi and Jacaré, continues on her quest to restore the magical barrier, but things get complicated as she and Rafi explore their budding feelings for each other. Rafi's brother Dom is left to handle the duties of duke at home in Santiago, which becomes dangerous as nearby fiefs move to draw their homeland into the looming war over the throne. Pira and Leão are left searching for and rescuing each other while also trying to catch up with Jacaré and Johanna. All the while, there are Keepers already on this side of the wall who will stop at nothing to keep Johanna and her allies from achieving their goal. Readers will be pleased with the continuation of the story of Johanna and the Keepers. This volume has more romance and clichéd dialogue than the previous entry, as well as Wallace's page-turning action sequences. Multiple character perspectives continue with two new voices, which leads to surprising character development. VERDICT A compelling, unique world with Portuguese-inspired echoes of Patrick Rothfuss's The Name of the Wind (DAW, 2007), this series is a must for fans of fantasy.-Stephanie DeVincentis, Downers Grove North High School, ILα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Adventure abounds and stakes are high, keeping readers in suspense through the wild and romantic end. (Booklist)
"A compelling, unique world with Portuguese-inspired echoes of Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind(DAW, 2007), this series is a must for fans of fantasy." (School Library Journal)
"Rich in both emotion and action, The Skylighter is a thrilling and heartfelt fantasy that will keep readers frantic to turn page after page until the very end." (VOYA)
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I’ll admit that I probably could have done with a re-read of THE STORYSPINNER before starting THE SKYLIGHTER. There’s just so much that happens and it really was almost a year since I had read it and I could have used some brushing up. There’s still plenty more to be seen in THE SKYLIGHTER though! It was actually hard for me to come to grips with the fact that the series was already ending! I’m so used to trilogies that it felt so fast to come to a conclusion already and yet it was the perfect amount of content for this story. I always enjoy duologies because you get so much more to a story and yet the series also wraps up quickly so readers aren’t waiting forever for that next book. I did feel a bit lost at times simply because I just didn’t remember everything that happened in book one (and totally major plot points too. Oops. My reading retention is the WORST) so there were moments that I wasn’t as hooked as I had been with THE STORYSPINNER because I was missing those pieces of information that should have already been stored in my brain. That was definitely reader error there.
As always, Becky Wallace’s character relationships are to die for. I absolutely adore every single one, romantic, platonic, or familial. They’re all so intricate and really provoked so many emotions as I was reading. The budding romance between Johanna and Rafi is absolutely stellar, filled with plenty of tension and some amazing kisses! And the range of romances is wonderful as well. There are many different levels and forms of love in this book and it was so wonderful to witness them all. I also really just adore this crew and their friendship. It’s not always easy but they really come to rely on one another and their feelings go way past the surface level.
I’m also still totally in love with this incredibly intricate world and how much it comes alive as I was reading. I could easily picture every location and it really helped me put myself in the story. The magical aspects of the world really develop in THE SKYLIGHTER as well although since it was the title of the book, I did find myself wanting a bit more focus on skylighters!
I just love Becky Wallace’s books and whatever she writes next will be an auto-buy for me. This is such a fun fantasy duology and if you haven’t read these books yet, now’s the perfect time to read them back-to-back and really savor the whole experience!
I liked the first book, and although I was annoyed that Wallace gave us a cliff hanger ending in the first book, the resolution of the story in The Skylighter redeems the offense.
First the one complaint I have about the book. The book is written from multiple points of view with the story telling skipping from character to character. I'm not a huge fan of that technique. It's a little like listening to a CD that skips. You can enjoy the song, but it's not as good as if the skip didn't occur.
However, Wallace handled the changing points of view very well. The story moved smoothly in spite of the inevitably jerk you feel as a reader when the point of view skips to a new character.
This book had everything a story needs to be satisfying. It had character growth, peril, conflict, resolution, self sacrifice, well rounded characters, villainous villains.
And, the ending was fantastic. Absolutely epically fantastic.
Wallace compels the story forward through the viewpoints of multiple characters and continues to explore the budding romances and feelings between them in a way that pulls the reader in. Don’t be surprised if you can’t put this one down. Overall, The Skylighter is a satisfying conclusion to this fantasy duology. Here’s hoping we will see more of Santarem and its diverse cast of characters.
My only slightly selfish request....please please please write a short story that's a Dom follow up. I need more of him now. And a chapter or two from Leao and Pira wouldn't hurt.
YA category, but definitely not an immature read. Becky Wallace has talent. Satisfying world building, and well-rounded characters.
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Plot: The Skylighter picks up right where The Storyspinner ended. Do you remember what happened? I barely did.Read more