The Unknown Sun (Book 1 of the Destiny Series) Kindle Edition
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Synopsis (from the author): Seventeen-year-old Moira is haunted by the accidents that claimed her parents and sisters. When a strange boy who seems to know too much about her past attacks her, Moira fears death will come for her a third time. She is rescued by twins Airi and Belamar, the winged heirs to the throne in Skyfall, and taken to safety in their world.
But Skyfall is dying, and the Immortals who had protected Airi and Belamar's world have been missing since the Great War. Moira, Airi, and Belamar must find a journal left by the twins' deceased mother, Tanari, that tells of a prophecy that must be fulfilled to free the Immortals known as The Unknown Sun so that Skyfall can be saved.
Deeper, darker, secrets unravel around the three friends as a revolution threatens their quest and the boy who tried to destroy Moira on Earth hunts them. Tanari knew more than she had let on, and within her journal a story is more than it seems, the past foretells the future, and a far-reaching plan is unveiled.
Why did Tanari reach across time and space to entrust a simple human girl with saving Skyfall? Who are the mysterious “Four” mentioned in the journal? And why does another Immortal want her, and The Unknown Sun, dead?
What I liked: Besides the cover, the story was amazing. I thought at first that the story was going to involve angels when Bel and his sister Aira swoop in to save Moira from an attack. However, I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out differently. Not that I have anything against angels, but they seem to be an overused character in recent times. Anyway, Moira and the twins flee Earth and arrive in Skyfall where they have to undertake a quest to save Skyfall. The characters are memorable, with a tragic past, and an unknown future. The plot was good, with enough twists and turns to keep me interested. All said, excellent read.
What I didn’t like: The story dragged for me in a few spots, especially where Moira kept being embarrassed by the closeness of Bel. Other than that, not much to dislike.
Overall impression: This was an excellent read. I enjoyed the story, characters, and concept. I would recommend it to anyone who reads fantasy and likes a dash of romance with it!
My rating: 5 Stars
When mysterious young man attacks Moira when she's home alone during a storm, she's afraid her luck has finally run out. She's teetering at the abyss of death when unexpected rescuers swoop in and carry her to safety.
"The word sinks like a stone in my chest and I choke on a ragged exhale. Belamar’s hands gently trail across my face, brushing my heavy hair aside. Unveiled, I feel exposed, naked, as if there is nothing between me, and the hole in my heart. Aching sorrow punches me in the chest, and everything tilts.
"Death and I are never apart, even here across the universe."
Cheryl Mackey's The Unknown Sun (The Destiny Series Book 1) is classified as Young Adult. However, the excellent writing, well-defined characters, and wonderful story is appealing to all ages.
The pacing of the story is good,except when I run into my biggest issue. This book should have been written from another viewpoint. The active first person view makes the reading stumbly. "I did...I saw...I went..My this,,,my that" gets very tedious and stop gap. The emotional attributes given to her body ( The actions of the "heart" are misplaced and out of context) do not evoke the response from me , as the reader, the author intended. Writing in the "here and now" is difficult. It really hurts the flow of the story. The author, and the book would have been better served by allowing for expansive viewpoints of the wonderful world she is creating to be expressed omnipotently. It would have been a 5 star book but for that.
My only complaints are minor. Certain phrases were used a lot, like people licked their lips too many times. The word enigmatic was used to describe eyes/expressions very often. I, personally, did not feel much of a love connection between Bel and Moira. Emotions seemed to run high throughout the story. Everyone cried a lot, so much that it stopped affecting my own emotions. It was like, oh, they're crying again, NBD. I felt sorta heartless by my lack of emotional response after a while.
But still, very strong writing. This world built by the author is absolutely incredible. I will definitely recommend this to my friends who love fantasy.
And I didn’t have to disappoint! The Unknown Sun was a skillfully written fantasy story for young adults or adults with an open minds and adventurous hearts. I truly enjoyed reading about Moira’s mysterious life and was kind of rooting for her, as she certainly hadn’t had an easy life.
All and all, this was a very vivid, believable read that I can honestly recommend to anyone enjoying a quality fantasy!
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