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(Seraphim #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,428 ratings  ·  145 reviews
The first in an all new fantasy series from USA Today bestseller, David Dalglish.
The last remnants of humanity live on six islands floating high above the Endless Ocean, fighting a brutal civil war in the skies. The Seraphim, elite soldiers trained for aerial combat, battle one another while wielding elements of ice, fire and lightning.

The lives of their parents claimed
Paperback, 464 pages
Published November 17th 2015 by Orbit
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Look at me. This is my stunned face. As in, I could not believe how good this book turned out. Granted, the story was a little slow to take off (sorry, unavoidable pun), but the momentum gradually built up so that everything culminated into one of the most incredible and jaw-droppingly explosive endings I’ve ever read. In fact, if I had to rate this book based on just its second half alone, it would have been an easy 5 s
nat. (semi-hiatus)
• may 11-18/ 2017

I feel like I just fought 100 battles myself.
Darren Hagan
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**No spoilers**

Things I like in books:
- Awesome brother/sister relationships
- Elemental control
- School settings
- Unexpected things happening
- Dual POVs
- Sky colonies on floating islands

This book has all those things so it has definitely become one of my favourites of the year. Okay so that last one is specific to this book because I can't think of any other books with sky cities in them but hey it definitely makes that list now.

I was enthralled from the beginning and it kept my interest all th
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Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this... highly recommended! Full review to come.
Stacy GeekRemixALot
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
It took me a little while to get into this, but once I did I was hooked! The writing style is accessible, the characters are likable, and I really liked the seeds sown towards the end about where the series is headed.

Perhaps most of all, I really liked the relationship between the two main characters (twins) and their friends. It reminded me a lot of the friendship I have with my brother! They're supportive of each other, and when they have disagreements they actually TALK TO EACH OTHER about i
Stephanie  G
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Breanna and Kael have yet to take their test at Center. The test is to discover if they have the skill needed to become Seraphim, like their parents. Seraphim are soldiers for the floating islands. Theotechs from the center island create/make the prisms needed to fly as well as the elemental prisms Seraphim use to fight with. Despite the horror of their parents’ death, Breanna has always known she was meant for the air. A friend of their parents, a Seraphim from Center, convinces their aunt that ...more
Elizabeth Fitzgerald
Oct 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Skyborn was not my cup of tea. It has some interesting concepts but I found the characters flat and difficult to connect to.

The story kicks off with a battle between Seraphim: aerial soldiers who utilise mechanical wings to fly and fight with elemental energy stored in prisms. It's an action-packed beginning, but one that struggles under the weight of all the worldbuilding jammed into it. The stakes are hig
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I really liked this 1st instalment of a new fantasy epic however I felt it suffered from following the current YA trend of being set in the future, teens being trained up to fight, lots of romance and teenage angst, before the big fight to the death at the end. Also, perhaps I am being old and hard hearted but the twins did seem to spend a lot of time crying and brooding. I know they have a lot of problems but come on, Get a Grip!!!

Despite all this the story and setting save the book. W
Alright, I had actually forgotten to write a review about this book, which says a lot.

Usually, even if I disliked a book, I have some things to say but to be honest it's not really the case here. I had been drawn by the thrilling summary and beautiful cover, but I was left really disappointed. Overall, it's not a bad book, of course, but I just found it really long and dull, and I struggled to finish it.

The world-building may be the best thing about it, and the story is quite interesting in gen
Stefan Svartling
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it
A bit too much Young Adult (YA) for my taste. It actually felt a bit like Harry Potter at the Academy. Especially with the flight training. No good connection or feeling for the characters. Good story but very light. I'm not sure I will read the other two books in this series.
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
In a world where all that's left of humanity lives on six islands floating in the sky, wars are fought in the air by the Seraphim, elite soldiers donning mechanical wings and wielding elemental powers and blades alike. Twins Breanna and Kael Skyborn enter the Academy to join them and do their part in the ongoing civil war between the islands that claimed the lives of their parents years ago. While they learn to fly and control their elements, however, the twins also hear whispers of things that ...more
Feb 29, 2016 rated it liked it
I picked this up on a whim at the bookstore recently mostly because I liked the cover. I know, that seems very shallow of me, but the cover is really awesome! I’ve also got a fondness for winged people/creatures and though this wasn’t quite what I was expecting it still satisfied me. Humans now live on floating islands that lie high above an endless ocean and are bathed in the light of sky fires at night. It sounds beautiful, though harsh and the humans have adapted to this new world by using me ...more
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Skyborn makes for a quick read and while it presents a very cool idea - floating islands! winged warriors! - the execution falls completely flat. Our protagonists are Kael and Bree, 16 year old twins whose parents were both Seraphims (winged warriors for their island nation) and who were both killed in battle five years ago. Naturally, this means that the twins feel bound to follow in the parental footsteps. Kael is the level-headed one, the one for whom everything doesn't come easily. Bree is t ...more
J.K. Riki
No star rating - didn't finish.

I got a third or so into this book and decided it wasn't the right fit for me. I wanted to like it (which is why I kept going even a third through) because the themes and characters and world seemed really, really cool. Unfortunately something about the actual craft of the writing rubbed me the wrong way. I kept finding clunky sentences that jumped out to my writer-self and screamed "This could be worded better!" I think the issue was it's so similar to my own styl
Curtis LaGrone
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I picked this book up on a whim and loved absolutely every minute of it! The character development is wonderful, and it is quite possibly one of the most intense endings to a book that I have ever read! I was just a bit disappointed with the very last lines of this book, but it was charming nonetheless. I have been growing tired of so many series books, but I find myself suddenly back in the swing! It is a very original storyline with a twist that I would have never thought of with the flying as ...more
brian kirkpatrick
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting start

I enjoyed this book with its interesting premise and new take on magic.
To be fair I did struggle to continue reading at first (hence the 4 stars) but as the book progressed and the story became less set up and more about the characters it drew me in to find out what happened next.
I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a fantasy novel with a difference.
Kristen Mirek
Sep 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The first 3/4 of book deserves 3 stars, and the last 1/4 would get 4-4.5 stars.

As excited as I was to finally try it out, Skyborn wasn't what I hyped it up to be. Much like other's reviews on here, the world itself is well thought out, and I'm interested in learning more about how the floating islands came to be, as well as the intrigue behind the crystals, wings, and ruling system. But even these things bugged a bit though the whole book until towards the end when we start to get a glimpse tha
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bookworm Speaks!


by David Dalglish

Acquired: Half-Price Books
Series: Seraphim (Book 1)
Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: Orbit (November 17, 2015)
Language: English
Subject: Fantasy


The Story: Six islands float high above the Endless Ocean, where humanity's final remnants are locked in brutal civil war.

Their parents slain in battle, twins Kael and Brenna Skyborn are training to be Seraphim, elite soldiers of aerial combat who wield elements of ice, fire, stone and lightning.

When the invasi
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it
This book has been on my to-read list for a good while now. Maybe all that waiting led me to build it up too high in my mind, but most of the novel just ended up feeling…flat. An interesting concept with a large cast of characters and interesting scientific vs. religious undertones, yet I found myself skimming entire pages near the end out of sheer boredom. Bree and Kael (the twin main characters) were never fully fleshed out so that – when the various conspiracies surrounding them finally came ...more
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
The book was well written, and carries the reader along the story line fairly consistently. It was not what I expected in a story about Seraphs but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The world is interesting as are the main characters. Young country kids, children of Seraphic warriors are tested for and admitted to the angelic academy to follow in their parents' footsteps. Their early life is marred by witnessing an overhead war in which both their parents are killed and they are left to be rai ...more
Beverly K
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
For most of the book, this was three to three and a half stars. Then it knocked it out of the park, heading toward 4.5, near the end. However, I still have to take off that star for the slow beginning. I almost gave up on the book because of that.

This book does have a YA feel, I agree, but that doesn't really affect the overall quality. I quite enjoyed it.
Andreea Pausan
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting mythology, good world building. The characters are teenagers, with all the heat and bluster of the age. A bit forced in some places, too much happening without events leading to it. Definitely only the beginning of the story, I guess much will be revealed in the next books, however some hundreds of pages of introduction is a bit much for me.
Oct 22, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was just okay, nothing super original or exciting, just your typical set of orphans living in a religious society that controlling and manipulating the population. Will not continue the series.
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I started reading this book, which I admit is quite different from many of the more Grimdark novels I've been reading lately, and I literally couldn't put it down.

Skyborn was my first David Dalglish novel and I was very impressed by his ability to convey warmth and genuine emotion in his characters, while also creating a spectacular world that just begs to be adapted to the screen.

Dalglish's intense coming of age story does not attempt to be abstract art. It is however beautifully written in bo
Olga Gar
Feb 24, 2017 rated it liked it
i feel very conflicted about this book. it was good and sometimes interesting but when i put it down it was really hard to pick it back up again... i still don't know whether i will continue with the series... we will see!! :P
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Skyborn was an amazing book. There's insane amounts of action and a rather interesting plotline. It also seems as though it's a metaphor for real life. The center island is like the government. They have control over pretty much everything, resources, laws, and even secrets. Then there are the outer islands. They're the civilians and other people who live lives under control of the government. They fight against each other, always with the permission/supervision of the government. Another possib ...more
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
David Dalglish is one of my favourite authors, and this book simply reinforces his position on the list!

As a long-time Dalglish reader, I was both excited and worried when I heard that he was writing a new series set in a completely new world. I have loved all of his other books, so he'd set the bar high for another awesome story, but I've spent so much time reading about World of Dezrel, I didn't want Skyborn to feel like a cheap copy. However, my worry was needless as Dalglish proved he can q
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book. Keep in mind that this is the first book in a series, and like other famed worlds, (DRoP comes to mind) everything about the world isn't revealed in the first book. It's a bit slow to start, but the concept kept me engaged throughout.

The twins are likable, and they have a solid and believable relationship with each other. The love interests are, in my opinion, a bit forced (more so with Breanna's), but I usually feel that way about most love interests.

There are some unexpec
4.75 stars

Such a good book with a unique world and plot. This first book in the Seraphim series is really about building the world and setting up the plot for the books to come. It does have a well developed plot of its own but the ending is pretty crazy and leaves you at a cliff hangar and also a good solid start for the next book.

This book takes place in a school setting so if you like books like that then you will love this book. David Dalglish has a knack for creating unique, well developed
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