MY ⭐️ RATING: 4.5/5
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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 even 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 a “brilliant world that shows the full panoply of human grace and depravity” (Ken Liu, award-winning author of The Grace of Kings). This epic adventure explores 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 this “absolutely tremendous” (S.A. Chakraborty, nationally bestselling author of The City of Brass) and most original series debut of the decade.
This is my first time reading a novel by Rebecca Roanhorse, and it did not disappoint one bit! I was sold the moment I saw the cover of the book, it was too gorgeous not to want to read. This series is also LGBTQ+ and a story set for the Indigenous peoples of pre-colonial Americas. It was difficult to put this down every night, I was hooked from the opening chapter, and man was that TENSE. I said: THAT IS HOW YOU START A BOOK! While there isn’t a lot of action happening, you get a great deal of info about the world and the characters within it. You have to read this book!
“A man with a destiny is a man who fears nothing”
We have 4 main characters POV’s narrated by 4 different people. Serapio, who was mutilated by his mother when he was 12, can communicate with crows. Xiala, an LGBTQ+ sea captain that has the power of song that can control the waves of the sea. Narampa, the sun priest in the holy city of Tova and Okoa, the son of the Carrion Crow matron who is training at Hokaia, the military center. Indigenous peoples, LGBTQ+ representation, great characters, great plot, great story. It’s everything you could ask for!