Title: Red Skies Falling
Author: Alex London
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux (BYR)
Publication Date: September 3, 2019
Links: Goodreads | Amazon* | Book Depository*
Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
Source: Physical ARC provided by publisher
Check out my review of the first book in the series, Black Wings Beating here.
I sung my praises of Black Wings Beating and I’m here to tell you the sequel is just as amazing. The characters have grown and changed as everything around them changes. The setting is still rich and wonderful and Alex London has a way of writing that allows you to just fly through the story.
Spoilers ahead for anyone who hasn’t read book 1!
Red Skies Falling picks up where Black Wings Beating left off. The story is again told in alternating perspectives between the twins, but this time they are not together. Kylee is training in the Hollow Tough at the Sky Castle and learning how to tame the elusive ghost eagle. While there she becomes entwined in all of the politics and must decide what it is she wants, not what everyone else wants from her.
Brysen is left in the Six Villages with the battle boys and his new friend Jowyn. As the Kartami are drawing nearer, the village people must prepare for war. Brysen is caught again between life and death, love and loss as he discovers more about himself and his newfound abilities.
I love the arc of this story and how all of the characters evolve from what they were in the beginning. Both Kylee and Brysen are becoming much stronger people in completely different ways, and for the first time in their lives, they’re doing it separately from each other. I said it after I read the first book, and I’ll say it again: I want to be a falconer. I’ve always been drawn to books with ravens, crows, or other birds on the cover and this series is no exception. But it has given me a different perspective of these birds and I love that about it so much. In this story birds are only tamed as much as they want to be, they are strong creatures that can be both friend and enemy. I just adore what Alex London has done with this series and I’m eager for more!
Thank you so much to Fierce Reads for sending me an ARC of this book and inviting me to be on the blog tour!
“Power is a wind; invisible but for the branches it shakes, the walls it topples, and the wings it raises high. Power is a force some people fly on, and no one in the Six Villages flew higher on it than the Tamir family.”
-Alex London, Red Skies Falling
*Please note, this quote is from an ARC copy, so it may change in the final copy.
Author: Alex London
Synopsis: In this thrilling sequel to Black Wings Beating, twins Kylee and Brysen are separated by the expanse of Uztar, but are preparing for the same war – or so they think.
Kylee is ensconsed in the Sky Castle, training with Mem Uku to master the Hollow Tongue and the Ghost Eagle. But political intrigue abounds and court drama seems to seep through the castle’s stones like blood from a broken feather. Meanwhile, Brysen is still in the Six Villages, preparing for an attack by the Kartami. The Villages have become Uztar’s first line of defense, and refugees are flooding in from the plains. But their arrival lays bare the villagers darkest instincts. As Brysen navigates the growing turmoil, he must also grapple with a newfound gift, a burgeoning crush on a mysterious boy, and a shocking betrayal.
The two will meet again on the battlefield, fighting the same war from different sides―or so they think. The Ghost Eagle has its own plans.
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