Heir to the Skyby Amanda Sun
Published by Harlequin, Harlequin Teen on April 26th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
As heir to a kingdom of floating continents, Kali has spent her life bound by limits—by her duties as a member of the royal family; by a forced betrothal to the son of a nobleman; and by the edge of the only world she’s ever known—a small island hovering above a monster-ridden earth, long since uninhabited by humans. She is the Eternal Flame of Hope for what’s left of mankind, the wick and the wax burning in service for her people, and for their revered Phoenix, whose magic keeps them aloft.
When Kali falls off the edge of her kingdom and miraculously survives, she is shocked to discover there are still humans on the earth. Determined to get home, Kali entrusts a rugged monster-hunter named Griffin to guide her across a world overrun by chimera, storm dragons, basilisks, and other terrifying beasts. But the more time she spends on earth, the more dark truths she begins to uncover about her home in the sky, and the more resolute she is to start burning for herself.
I picked up Heir to the Sky after I heard the publicist talk about it during a webinar I attended. It’s kind of interesting that I can pass by a book easily after reading a synopsis but once an editor or publisher talks about a book and it’s plot or how the writer wrote the book, the story takes on a whole different life or a new depth.
And even though this is one of those instances where the story started slow and steady, I became glued to the plot as the tale unfolded with secrets and lies brought to light. The highly imaginative idea of a “floating” world didn’t hurt none either. I think it was just a case of the author setting up a specific culture and mindset of the heroine that bogged me down in the beginning.
This completely appropriate-for-the-YA-crowd story is about what happens when everything you’ve been taught to believe is complete and utter nonsense, just to get you to comply for the greater good. Of course, who gets to decide what the “greater good” is?
Yep, there’s a lot wrong in Ms. Sun’s Kingdom in the sky.
Princess Kallima, better known as Kali, has been raised to play a specific role as heir in the royal court. At just 17 years of age, she understands some politics, but she blindly follows her father’s lead and believes everything she is told. She is also horrible at seeing beyond the surface of people and she pretty much drove me bonkers throughout the book… unfortunately. Put plainly, she’s not always the sharpest knife in the drawer. For instance, she doesn’t recognize when someone is trying to kill her. Yeah, you might want to study the key indicators on that one.
The saving grace for this story was the character of Griffin and his relationships with everyone he comes in contact with. The guy is just such a positive person, you can’t help but like the monster hunter. And despite his crappy childhood that he can only guess at from the scars on his body, the guy can kick some serious monster butt when needed.
Supporting characters like Sayra and Aliyah kept me engaged in the story, too. I will admit though, I might of quickly scanned a few sections when traveling long distance was involved. I’m not a big fan of traveling dialogue ∗yawn∗.
Chin-dropping huge plot twists and reveals at the end also made Kali that much more tolerable for me, too.
Really, when can you say you were completely annoyed by the heroine but still liked the book? I’m sure it’s not that often. It’s definitely the case with this book for me, though.