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The Sky Woman

(Reclaimed Earth #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  36 reviews
In the early 28th century, Earth is mostly depopulated due to natural population decline, the gradual unraveling of global civilization, and the catastrophic eruption of a Mediterranean supervolcano. Progressive scientific culture lives on among orbiting ringstations, descendants of early pioneers who rejected terrestrial life in favor of contained biomes and well-organize ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 6th 2018 by Flame Tree Press
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Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary |
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration.

While I have been greatly pleased with some of Flame Tree Press' other titles, I'm sad to say that is not the case with this book. The Sky Woman has some great ideas, but the author simply does not seem to have the experience needed to weave the individual threads with the finesse needed. Nor, unfortunately, is there evidence that there's been any attempt to pare it down from an "everything and the kitchen sin
Aug 16, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I don't know where to start with The Sky Woman. I'm going to say upfront that I did not finish this book. I could not read any more of it & only had about 100 pages left.

From the beginning, this book seemed to be confused about what it want to be. The cover & synopsis are presented as sci-fi, but it opens with more of a medieval fantasy story. It was nonsensical, cheesy, and difficult to connect with. I don't know if this book appears to be marketed as sci-fi to draw a certain type of reader in
Frank Errington
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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The Sky Woman: From Ringworlds to Earth, an Epic Struggle of Love and Survival by J.D. Moyer is the fourth book I've read from new publisher Flame Tree Press and they are certainly living up to their plan to publish both established authors and new voices in horror and the supernatural, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as science fiction and fantasy.

The Sky Woman deftly combines multiple genres into a solid work which starts out reading much like your typical fantasy fare but goes
Jen (LOHF/Book Den)
In my opinion, The Sky Woman wasn't really a scifi book although I'm not exactly sure what it was trying to be.

The Sky Woman started out like a medieval fantasy with characters Arik and Trond forging their own weapons on Earth. Truth be told, I enjoyed the beginning. I had high hopes for the plot and for the characters. Unfortunately, The Sky Woman wandered all over the place.

There were some interesting ideas in The Sky Woman, but there were so many things happening I never got to enjoy the dept
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review-books
As a whole, I have to be honest and say I was disappointed with The Sky Woman. There is so much potential here but it never quite delivers; possibly due to diverting story time to underdeveloped side plots.
I really liked Moyer’s blending of sci-fi and medieval fantasy genres; his detailed descriptions of the villages, and the history behind how the Earth went from what we know today to where it is in his story were my favorite part of the book.
Sadly, I think the book struggled with the charact
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction, 2018
3.5 Stars!

The Sky Woman is an interesting blend of historical and sci-fi elements, that really brings a rather unique voice to the genre.

Some of you may know this about me, but I was/am an anthropology nerd. I went to college for it (didn't finish) and I love a book that incorporates it in some way, so I jumped on the chance to review The Sky Woman. It's so rare to have something like this in the sci-fi genre, and I thought that the idea of it taking place in the future on Earth even more intrig
Tim Hicks
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Meh. Worth reading but not more than that.
Probably perfect for the way I read it - on airplanes and in hotels.

The plot requires quite a few assumptions, but I usually allow authors a lot of room on that as long as they follow up carefully.

Perhaps we need to assume that there were also some communities that went medieval except that a few Bad People had guns or something -- but those communities wiped themselves out. OK.

Car-En saves the book by being reasonably capable but not at all mistak
Yolanda Sfetsos
I'm going to DNF this after three chapters.

I went in expecting a SciFi, and instead found myself in a fantasy-esque story with characters I just couldn't get into.

Yeah, it's a shame but I can't keep going with this one. It lost me right away, and it moves way too slow with too much info thrown into the mix.
Karen Cole
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I went into The Sky Woman expecting hard science fiction but this entertaining story which follows multiple narratives is actually an intriguing mix of sci-fi and fantasy. The opening chapter follows Tron, a strong and powerful smith who lives in a simple Viking-like village where he makes arrowheads for a mysterious sounding Burning but must also forge weapons and bodkins to sew leather armour which will protect the villagers against attacks from Haakon, the cruel and dangerous leader from a ne ...more
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
In determining the fate of planet Earth (actually the history of Earth at this stage in the story), so many popular disaster theories have been brought into the mix. A series of events has de-populated Earth. Low birth rates, extreme economic decline, cultural collapse, and natural disasters, culminating in the catastrophic eruption of a Mediterranean supervolcano. The Sky Woman takes place on and above a post-apocalyptic Earth, centuries later when the earth is becoming habitable and civilizati ...more
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
In The Sky Woman, J.D. Moyer explores several fascinating futuristic Science Fiction and Fantasy ideas that could each be a story in their own right. These various elements are woven together by engaging characters that are interacting across the borders, and by the physical space and shared history of Earth and her close orbit. One of the things I love about the book is the high complexity that weaving these elements in gives it. It feels more plausible to me that in our far future a group that ...more
E.D.E. Bell
I won a copy of The Sky Woman via the SFWA New Releases Newsletter.

The story operates on multiple levels: first, a story about a Viking-type village on future Earth that is being studied by a technologically-advanced space-dwelling human, in support of human efforts to potentially repopulate the planet. Additionally, it presents an often academic take on the rise and fall of humanity and post-apocalyptic colonialism. Having studied engineering myself, I’ll leave the analysis of the latter piece
Linda Lancione
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
I’m not normally a reader of fantasy/science fiction, but when this book came to me through a family member, I couldn’t put it down. The premise is that after earth was depopulated by climate change and the ensuing crises, an elite remnant survived by building sophisticated ring stations in space. Now several centuries later, one of the ringstations, the Stanford, has sent an anthropologist envoy/spy, Car-En, back to earth to learn more about a remote village in the Harz mountains that has survi ...more
Cassandra MADEUP BookBlog
When I first started reading this story, I wasn’t entirely certain what to expect. I had not previously encountered the Author, but often enjoy Fantasy and Sci-Fi novels, and having read a couple from the Publishers previously and enjoyed them, the chance to read this wasn’t one I wanted to miss.

A few pages in, and I was having a few doubts. Why? Fir myself, I found the fast addition of unfamiliar names a but tricky to get my head around. That didn’t last long, and in fact I found myself glued t
Pamela Morris
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
In all honesty, when I saw the cover, “Ugh, I’m going to have to slog through Science-fiction”, I wasn’t really looking forward to reading this book. But, being as when I received the ARC from Flame Tree Press and said I’d not just read it but write up a review for my blog, I felt an obligation and I try and keep my word no matter how difficult it may be. Turns out, it wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be at all.

Car-En is on a mission, an exploratory mission to Earth in the 28th cent
Peter Backx
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it
The Sky Woman is a "near-future" science fiction book about the best case scenario of what could happen if current events continue as they do (global warming, corporations, etc.)

The population on earth has been reduced to about half a billion and people have forgotten most of the technology that was ever invented. Technology has survived on the space stations, but the people there have turned their back on their home planet.

Until now.

The book is really 3 intermixed stories. One about the Viking-
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Angela Maher
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
This is an intriguing and absorbing book. The past is pulled convincingly through to the future, set against a backdrop of Earth history that hasn't yet happened, but plausibly could.
It's clear an enormous amount of thought and research went into this book. In some places it felt a little too detail heavy, but with a sequel in the works, it might have been necessary. In the end, it all does help paint a vivid picture of the future the humans dwell in. The fantasy elements nicely offset the scie
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Before reading this, I read a few of the other reviews on for this book. There were many unfavorable reviews. Still, I was curious about the book and dove in. I'm glad I did. I truly thought it was a great read.

Being mostly a fan of horror and non-fiction, The Sky Woman was a genre I'd never read before. Part sci-fi and part fantasy woven together to tell the story of a woman named Car-En who is exploring Earth and a particular village along with those who live in that village. Lov
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Flame Tree Press for an honest review.
Unlike some other reviewers I found this an intriguing and interesting story. Mostly sci-fi with a touch or two of medieval and post-apocalyptic hints. Car-En, the sky woman, of the title, is from a ringstation that orbits an earth that suffered a cataclysmic eruption. Only a smattering of humans survive on the earth, while people from the ringstations watch. There is a plot or two. Bad guys on and off the planet. A littl
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this book from Flame Tree Press for an honest review.

The Sky Woman by J.D. Moyer was enjoyable enough although it seemed to me like it was two separate novels forced together into one. You have the Sci-Fi aspect with the Sky Woman and the ring stations in space forced into a fantasy novel of life on Earth after humans devolved back to the Iron Age. You could have taken the Sky Woman completely out of this story and it would have flowed much better.
Kia Simon
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This fantasy sci-fi mash-up imagines how our present can lead to a future straight out of a D&D adventure. Recommended if you like your scifi hard and your fantasy fantastic, especially if you enjoy heady and detailed discussions that feel well-researched, reminds me a bit of Kim Stanley Robinson's discussions of Mars. ...more
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book and thoroughly enjoyed following the story of Car-En as she returns to earth on her anthropological assignment. It sparked my imagination in the best way. I can't wait to read more books from this author! Very fun and engaging...Highly recommend even to folks who aren't usually into sci-fi.
Aaron Shores
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the blend of fantasy and science fiction in "The Sky Woman". The world was fully realized and well thought out, and the characters were intriguing. I look forward to the next novel!
Helen Wall
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book drew me in from the beginning. I loved it and my teenage son got hooked too. It spans two worlds and the characters on each and how their worlds become entwined is so well done. I already finished book 2 and I hope this series Keeps going. I highly recommend it.
Amanda Williams
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pretty good premise for a story. But for me, it just dragged on in way too many places, unfortunately. Really enjoyed getting to know the characters.
Sep 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
I sadly didn't enjoy this one.
Breane Ross
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a great futuristic/after the population ahs gone down/coming back to earth to research book! WOW! Definitely recommend this book!
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading the novel. The pace is engaging throughout as you gradually get more clues about what is going on, and the plot has some nice twists.
Wow. Can’t wait for this! I’m always in the mood for futuristic life stories!
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J.D. Moyer lives in Oakland, California, with his wife, daughter, and mystery-breed dog. He writes science fiction, produces electronic music in two groups (Jondi & Spesh and Momu), runs a record label (Loöq Records), and blogs at His short stories have appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, The InterGalactic Medicine Show, Cosmic Roots And Eldritch S ...more

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