Blue sky think­ing

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Au­thor david dal­glish

Pub­lisher Or­bit

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

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