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"Every legend begins with a lie."

Laeli Tavens, a thief shaped by the Sky-worshipping mythos of her island, stalks High Lord Lawrence Anderton across the country. She must save her twelve-year-old sister Elaina, whom the obsessive Anderton has kidnapped as bait.

Elaina copes with brutalities and tortures she cannot understand, while Laeli and her long
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Paperback, 402 pages
Published November 5th 2015 by Blue Glasses Publishing
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Courtney
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of: Game of Thrones, and dark fantasies
Recommended to Courtney by: Netgalley
Bless the Skies by Julie Elise Landry is an adult dark-fantasy story that will suck you in from the first page! This action packed debut novel is the first in a series, and definitely not for the faint-hearted.

** Warning: There are many dark themes, and some scenes are pretty graphic, so read at your own risk. **

This story is told from 6 different POV's : Laeli and Elaina Tavens, Sophia Daggart, Matthew Bodley, Lawrence Anderton, and Arturo Carlone. You do read from multiple characters within every chapter, b
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Callie Revell
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bless the Skies is not a book to read before bed—not only because of the dark themes, but also because you won't be able to put it down and will lose sleep reading until the early hours of morning.

Julie Landry has created a world that is heartbreaking—yet still believable—in its cruelty and complexity. Forces of nature become deities not to be reckoned with, and those who refuse to bow to the will of the Skies can expect disaster in return. The geography and culture of Vilez is fasci
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Manvinder
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WARNING: DEFINITELY NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. OR HEAD. OR LIMBS.

Bless the Skies must be one of the more disturbing books I have read up to this point. It combines friendship and death, torture and betrayal, hope and horror in a crazy amalgamation of words. I know one thing for sure, and that is that Lawrence Anderton is one of the most sadistic, cruel villains ever to have been written down in writing.

I wouldn't read this if you are sensitive or have any TWs or are unde
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Kat
"Bless the Skies" is a great debut novel for author Julie Elise Landry that chronicles the efforts of three girls to escape poverty and circumstance in a bleak and oppressive fantasy world where they've been forced to give up all but each other in order to survive.

When the youngest of them Elaina is kidnapped and taken as a slave, Laeli and Sophia abandon everything in order to try to get her back, embarking on a desperate journey through a dark forest filled with dangers no one is rumored to s
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Chris Landry
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Because of my occupation, most of my reading materials are of the non-fictional variety. I am not known to frequently read fantasy novels. But I was motivated to read Bless the Skies, since it was written by my daughter. Never before have I been unable to put a fictional novel down. I was driven to read the last five chapters in one night. The thought of not finishing it became unbearable.
Heather
An intriguing breakthrough novel in young adult fantasy fiction

I truly wanted to give this novel a 3.5 star rating. This absorbing and provocative story follows 3 young ladies through a journey of determination and despair. The sisters, Laeli and Elaina, form a compelling trio with Sophia (a semi-reluctant lady of the night), forging their way through life by stealing and earning money in unseemly ways. Things go awry when the youngest Tavens sister is kidnapped and used as bait to lure the ot
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Tracy
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first half does a great job setting up what unfolds in the second half. BUT, I absolutely couldn't put the book down once I hit the second half. Which means it was after midnight when I finished and, as a result of what took place, it was at least another 45 minutes before I fell asleep because I was so emotionally charged. Haven't read it yet? You need to! I actually recommend you read it twice. Why? Because the first time you read it, you'll speed through it so fast to find out what happen ...more
Paul Boquet
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Julie Elise Landry has created an expansive world through which her characters must travel, facing danger and madness along the way. Somehow the thief Laeli Tavens finds herself at the center of a blooming civil war while on a desperate quest to rescue her sister from the sadist using her as bait. She and her companions experience trauma and horrors beyond belief - if you were looking for a light-hearted novel to help you sleep tonight, this is not it.

If, on the other hand, you crave
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Becky Tripp
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bless the Skies was a fantastic dark novel set in a very vivid world. The depth of background for the cities and culture is so impressively rich it's hard to believe it all exists solely in the author's mind. The characters are also beautifully flawed with such a mix of positive and negative traits they also seem like they must be real people struggling to live the lives they want, each with their own moral compass and priorities. Make no mistake, this isn't a fantasy novel where you want to vis ...more
Jenny Boyce
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
A super interesting and dark read. Definitely a good fantasy debut from an author I look forward to reading more from.

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L
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book. I have to say, it hooked me from the start. I really liked how it moved between different characters' points of view. It provided a depth to the story and allowed the reader to really connect with the plot. I will say that as much as I enjoyed the story, it goes to some very dark places. If you are sensitive to violence, particularly against women or children, I would steer clear of the book. I'm disappointed to see ...more
catib
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I unfortunately had to DNF this book.

I feel like I have to provide some kind of justification for my low rating given almost every other rating is very high.

To begin, I don't think this is a bad book. It just really wasn't for me. The book follows the story of two sisters and their friend. One of the sisters is kidnapped and the other two girls try to track her down and rescue her. So, to start, the book switches from different points of view. I really enjoy that format i
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Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Received egalley through Netgalley which doesn't affect my opinions*

Loved every page of this book! Characters are fenomenal and writing style is so good!
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Julie Elise Landry grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, and spent the beginning of her adult life in Monroe, Louisiana. Since gaining unfettered access to a computer, Julie has done nearly everything that English majors do: experimenting with terrible adolescent poetry, amateur fan fiction, and novellas about semi-sentient cats, before making a decent living as a writer, editor, tutor, teacher, repo ...more
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