Book Review

Black Sun – Rebecca Roanhorse

Book Title: Black Sun

Series: Between Earth and Sky #1

Author:  Rebecca Roanhorse

Goodreads Link: Click here

Release Date:  10/13/20

Star Rating:

 Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I apologize in advance, this is one of those 5 star book reviews were I can’t fully articulate how much I loved it and instead just flail around gesturing wildly. Buy this book! It was awesome!!!

It’s not lost on me how appropriate it is that I am writing this book review for this author on Indigenous People’s Day. I am so excited to have such a wonderful native author to boost today. I’m so very proud, as a Native American, to read this fantastic book. Especially one so vivid and engrossing, who treats Indigenous people as a whole, and not just in their relationship to white people/colonizers.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Resistance Reborn comes the first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and woven into a tale of celestial prophecies, political intrigue, and forbidden magic.

A god will return
When the earth and sky converge
Under the black sun

In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is usually a time for celebration and renewal, but this year it coincides with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial event proscribed by the Sun Priest as an unbalancing of the world.

Meanwhile, a ship launches from a distant city bound for Tova and set to arrive on the solstice. The captain of the ship, Xiala, is a disgraced Teek whose song can calm the waters around her as easily as it can warp a man’s mind. Her ship carries one passenger. Described as harmless, the passenger, Serapio, is a young man, blind, scarred, and cloaked in destiny. As Xiala well knows, when a man is described as harmless, he usually ends up being a villain.

Crafted with unforgettable characters, Rebecca Roanhorse has created an epic adventure exploring the decadence of power amidst the weight of history and the struggle of individuals swimming against the confines of society and their broken pasts in the most original series debut of the decade. – Goodreads

The first chapter of this book immediately plunges you into this story. A mother subjects her young son to rituals intended to turn him into a god. It is at once horrifying and fascinating. From here you are on a ride that never lets up.

The world building is wonderful. So many belief systems and cultures, are brilliantly depicted, creating a layered, complex world. The characters are compelling. Among them, a young man, god-like but strangely sympathetic. A young woman, a sea captain hides siren-like abilities. A woman with in high position struggles to maneuver and retain political power. All three people are being led toward the same eventuality, the foretold end of the world. This is a book that is fierce and touching, easy to visualize and rich in content.

Ms. Roanhorse’s considerable imagination energized me and I can’t wait for the next book in the series. It kills me that I have no idea when the next one is scheduled, but when it comes I will be hovering over the Netgalley website like a bookish ghost. I can’t recommend this book more strongly.

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