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Heir to the Sky

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  1,243 ratings  ·  233 reviews
As heir to a kingdom of floating continents, Kali has spent her life bound by limits—by her duties as a member of the royal family, by a forced betrothal to the son of a nobleman, and by the edge of the only world she’s ever known—a small island hovering above a monster-ridden earth, long since uninhabited by humans. She is the Eternal Flame of Hope for what’s left of mank ...more
Hardcover, 293 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by Harlequin TEEN
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I was hoping this book was going to be better than it was but it was okay.


I was so interested in this book because I love Hayao Miyazaki and his movies, one being Castle In The Sky (although my all time favorite is Spirited Away) and I thought maybe this was going to be a cool adventure what with all of these continents being in the sky.


I found the actual continent part very boring. The main character Kali learns of a rebellion and tries to tell her father who is like the King of Ashra, but sh
Weaving Fiction ( Sj )
Actual rating: 3.5/5

A fun quick read for lovers of fantasy and monsters.
okay so this book wasn't PHENOMENAL but it was pretty decent. I loved Kali and Griffin and their relationship as she began to learn how to survive in a monster ridden land and how paitent he was with her. I think because this was a standalone, not alot could be crammed in so the plot felt rather rushed and I found myself not caring what happened to the floating cities and the people on it, I was more interested in the friend
joey (thoughts and afterthoughts)

Heir to the Sky is a quick read with vivid action sequences...aaannnnd that's all I got for positives.

The rest features an annoyingly entitled main character who gets led around by competent tour guides proudly donning their "Doormat" name tags; one of whom is a male carbon copy of Prince(ss) Mononoke (and for further Studio Ghibli fun: I couldn't unsee Howl's Castle after I thought about the setting. Derp.). The antagonist is a bust, the consequences were nonexistent, and the world held hi
Jessica G
Jul 18, 2015 marked it as to-read
...she reappears!!! It's the girl from The Accident Season, hahaha!
Dark Faerie Tales
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed-by-zed
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: An Earth ridden with monsters and a sky inhabited by humans.

Opening Sentence: The rock bridge is the most dangerous part of the climb, and so I lower myself to my hands and knees to crawl along it.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Heir to the Sky is a unique dystopian about humans living on ‘floating continents’ (in the sky), whilst monsters have taken over the earth. The story is told from Kali’s perspective; heir to the Monarch and the sky. Basically, th
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it

I picked up Heir to the Sky after I heard the publicist talk about it during a webinar I attended.  It's kind of interesting that I can pass by a book easily after reading a synopsis but once an editor or publisher talks about a book and it's plot or how the writer wrote the book, the story takes on a whole different life or a new depth.

And even though this is one of those instances where the story started slow and steady, I became glued to the plot as the tale unfolded with secrets and lies br
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
Oct 08, 2016 marked it as abandoned
Shelves: arc, yabc
I was around page 130, I think? Completely disinterested in the characters and unmotivated to stick around and get answers to my worldbuilding questions. I wondered if it was just me, but I started two other books and instantly clicked with them.

Nope, it's not me. It's the book. I also peeked to the end to see if I would be missing much with a DNF. I was so baffled that I decided no, I wouldn't be missing anything extraordinary.
tracy thai
Oct 10, 2016 rated it liked it
I have a feeling it this book would've picked up its pace if I kept reading, but now by much. I choice this book after one of my friends suggested it to me, and I must admit, it was pretty boring.

Not that's it was terrible, like so bad I just stopped reading, (which is actually what I'm doing now, but...) the beginning was just slow, and when it came to the climax, I was like, "That's it?!"

I just didn't finish it cause I didn't enjoy it.
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
3.5 stars. It had a slow start but turned into a good story! I didn't really connect with any of the characters but the world building and the story itself was good. I'm figuring with the way it ended its a stand alone. But if she decided to write more I'd give it a go.
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Disclaimer: I won a free copy of this book as one of the Goodreads First Reads giveaways courtesy of Harlequin Teen.

I'm sad to say there are no redeeming qualities in this one. The worldbuilding was horrible and extremely lacking, the characters were MEH, the plot was also meh, and the dragons didn't eat everyone at the end like I'd hoped. I should have known from reading the other reviews that I wouldn't like this one but I thought I'd take a chance anyway but I feel like it was a bit of waste.
I'm going to die here on this forsaken wasteland.
No one is coming for me.

You guys, I loved this book. I honestly cannot think of a complaint big enough to dock stars, and so I can't help but give Heir to the Sky a whopping five stars.

Kali lives on one of several floating islands. Her people have lived there for many generations, ever since the only compassionate monster, a Phoenix, took pity on the humans and raised them into the sky to save them from death by vicious, hungry monsters of all
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Jan 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
This is one of the LOWEST rated books in my shelves and I can see why!!!!
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This was amazing! I am so surprised by the low ratings because i absolutly loved this book! But hey different opinions and stuff😁
Ok it was so beautifully written. Every other page I was like "oh my gosh, this is a great quote!" Loved the world building! It was one of the most unique worlds I've read about! All the monsters she created were so different and scary!
But the main thing I loved is the main character! I think this is the first book when a teenage character doesn't make stupid cho
jessica ☾
Apr 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Really loved the whole concept, but the writing was just okay. I would’ve liked a bit more world building, but I enjoyed reading it.
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm a sucker for any book with monsters (or floating continents), and enjoyed this imaginative, at times dreamlike, YA Fantasy. Creatively drawn monsters like the Dream Catchers (with their signature dream effects), Dark Leviathans and (my favorite) Storm Dragons (with their static/lighting on the air vibe and crystalline appearance) delighted me. But more than anything, I enjoyed the visual look of this world, the lovely details and passages like this (a nighttime scene) - "The entire marshland ...more
Nov 05, 2015 marked it as dnf
Got to 25%. The setting is initially really cool, but once she gets to earth, everything seemed overly comical with the description of the bright colors etc. The mystery seems pretty straightforward and I have fears of a love triangle. I'm sure this'll be enjoyable for many readers, but it didn't hold my interest.
Sierra Abrams
Feb 04, 2016 marked it as desperately-need-to-read
Jen (Jen & Mel's Book Nook)
I have mixed feelings about this book. The premise sounded so intriguing but unfortunately I thought that the execution could have been better.

Trying to cram a fantasy story into such a short number of pages would be a challenge in itself, but when most of the writing is focused on being overly descriptive, there’s not much left for the plot or world building. The first half of the book dragged for me because it just felt like not much was happening. The second half was better, but it took a ve
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: blargh
I had been highly anticipating this, but it turned out to be a disappointment. Mainly because I loved Amanda Sun's Paper Gods series, and also because the synopsis for Heir to the Sky sounded so damn intriguing.

But things didn't turn out good for me.

I can't write a proper review for this book without spoilers, because I have quite alot to say.

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This book was like biting into a luscious-looking chocolate mousse - and realizing it's actually made of clay. Dense, dry clay that left a sad taste of wasted potential in my mouth.

This book could have been great. It had the right premise. It had endless possibilities for world-building (two whole worlds to explore!), and so much political strife that could have exploded into drama. But we didn't get that. We got a shallow story about a privileged princess with unbelievably good luck, instalove
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya, dystopian
I really enjoyed Sun's Paper Gods trilogy so had to try this book.

And although the story has its moments I was annoyed by the lack of explanation in the worldbuilding. Monsters threatened to erase humans from the earth three hundred years ago, so a phoenix created the floating kingdom. So far so good. But I wanted to know more. Had the monsters always been there? If so, what caused the scales to tip in favor of the monsters? If they hadn't always been there: where did they come from?

As the story
Jessie Potts
Jan 07, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Jessie: Welcome to HEA, Amanda!

Amanda: Thank you for having me!

Jessie: Heroine Kali is brave and strong, yet very naïve at times. She also seems to draw people to her like a moth to a flame. What else can you tell us about Kali?

Amanda: Kali has lived a very sheltered life from the beginning. She’s bound by the limits placed on her. She wants to explore and be adventurous, but she’s been given very little opportunity. As the heir to the floating continents, she’s received rigorous traini
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Kali is a princess who would much rather be like every other person. She wants less responsibilities and she wants to live her life her way. She doesn't want to be forced to married certain people and she would much rather be a young adventurous girl. But her destiny is to be the Eternal Flame of Hope for her kingdom. When she falls off the edge of her world she is amazed at the fact that Earth is still Earth and not at all what she believed it to be.

While this book had me hooked it was a slow r


3.5 Stars for an interesting premise that drew me in due to a faint resemblance to Kaimira, a book to which I am still awaiting a sequel (hint hint). The idea of a floating continent is fascinating and I would've liked to see the culture of this island explored in greater detail. Heir to the Sky is a fairly action-driven read which suits plenty of readers but I like a little more backstory. Apart from that, it
Jan 29, 2016 marked it as to-read
" the edge of the only world she’s ever known—a small island hovering above a monster-ridden earth, long since uninhabited by humans."

Kristia Seabolt
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A tale for a heart that longs for the sky

A mixture of predictability and unpredictability. Sun knew how to mesh the predictable facets of this story and the unpredictable in a woven tapestry of an adventurous tale of hope, self-described, and revelation.
Joelle Hansen
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I didn't see why so many people didnt like this book. I love it. Amanda Sun stays as one of my fav authors.
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book and the myriad of themes that came with it. I felt like I got a whole bunch of stuff I loved wrapped up in one story, which was super cool. Heir to the Sky is a fantasy novel first and foremost, but there's also political intrigue, survival, coming of age, etc.

Kali lives on the floating continent of Ashra. As the next in line to become the monarch of the floating continents, Kali has always been taught that her life's purpose is to uplift her people and light the way f
Diana Braxton
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books-ever
AHHH! Where do I even begin? This book is so freaking incredible. I picked this book up looking for a quick and easy read (and it is, coming in at less than 300 pages) but I wasn't expecting such a fun a thrilling ride as well. Amanda Sun weaves an incredibly unique, original and atmospheric story about a sheltered and devout princess of a continent in the sky. At the beginning, the story game me very Legend of Zelda: Skyword Sword vibes, but as the story progressed, it very clearly defined itse ...more
Ray of Sunshine
Nov 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
Warning, there are a couple of spoilers.

When I first set my eyes on this book:


When I read the reviews on this book:

When I said 'screw it' lets just give it a go:

When I finished this book:


Goodness..where to begin...

Now I was super excited seeing this book on goodreads. I had such high hopes, and this book (from just the blurb), sounded like it was going to have so much potential.. boy was I quite wrong.

I read the reviews, I saw many declaring what it lacked. But I thought, nah i'm going to r
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