Blue sky thinking
released OUT NOW! 464 pages | Paperback/ebook
Author david dalglish
Humanity has fled the surface of the Earth and is living on floating islands in the sky. Constant civil war plagues these islands, with the last bastions of humanity bickering over limited resources and old vendettas.
One such skirmish claims the lives of Breanna and Kael Skyborn’s parents, Seraphim warriors who fight while flying, harnessing the power of the elements to battle their enemies. This sets the Skyborn twins on a path to follow in their parents’ footsteps and join the academy where they will learn how to engage in deadly aerial warfare.
One part Harry Potter, one part Hunger Games, this is your average YA fare, with everything you’d expect from a magic flying school full of teenagers, ruled (in all but name) by a controlling central government. The characters are likeable but uninspired and the romance, while predictable, is sweet.
The pacing seems a little slow for the first three quarters of the book, though it does eventually pick up, and the finale promises a much more action-packed sequel. But it’s the unique setting and magic system that help keep Skyborn aloft – they’re every bit as exciting as they sound. Bridie Roman