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Red Skies Falling

(Skybound #2)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  619 ratings  ·  121 reviews
In this thrilling sequel to Black Wings Beating, twins Kylee and Brysen are separated by the expanse of Uztar, but are preparing for the same war – or so they think.

Kylee is ensconsed in the Sky Castle, training with Mem Uku to master the Hollow Tongue and the Ghost Eagle. But political intrigue abounds and court drama seems to seep through the castle's stones like blood f
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Now THAT is a book 2. Whoooooooosh. (I am someone who never remembers a thing from book to book. If you’re like me, don’t worry, it really barely mattered.)

ETA: By the way, a rep note, since I know people are often looking for aro and/or ace fantasy: Kylee is aroace.
Brysen was a lot less of a twat in this one so progress!

In Red Skies Falling the twins are off doing their own things trying to stop the impending war coming to Uztar. Kylee has chosen to stay at Sky Castle to learn the Hollow Tongue with Mem Uku. Brysen is back in the Six Villages trying to run the family business while preparing for the Kartami attack. But danger in several forms follows the twins waiting to strike.

I love the magic system with the birds and I loved seeing Kylee learn more ab
Ben Howard
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Red Skies Falling is the second book in the Skybound trilogy. It follows on from where Black Wings Beating left off. The story begins with Brysen and Kylee separate, due to events from the first book, both on their own path.

Kylee learning more about the Hollow Tongue in the Sky Castle. While Brysen, still in the Six Villages, has to decide how he fits into the upcoming war with the Kartami, (view spoiler). Their storylines
Nathan Waters
This book was somehow better than the first one! So much happens in this book, we find out so much, there is fighting, romance, deception, and did I mention A LOT happens in this book?! I want to know what the thing that happens at the end with Brysen means, like I need to know!
Now so many things happen in this book and the book flows so smoothly, quickly, that you don't even notice that you get so many things thrown at you until you finish it.
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Wars are lousy with killers, but those who can heal? They're rare birds. Irreplaceable."

This started out amazing (the first sentence alone was a masterpiece). I was right back there with all the pretty birds of prey and those awesome characters!
The thing is, around the middle of the book I had to force myself to pick it up again. But the last 150 pages came back even stronger. The revelations and the ending made me really thankful not to have to wait too long for the finale.
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
sign me up for the Brysen and Jowyn protection squad, right now
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

I'm still trying to decide how I feel about the ending!!! And heading into book 3 wow, I don't know what to expect! That said, I loved so much about this book. Black Wings Beating is an all-time favorite, but this was (unsurprisingly) quite a different book. Twins Kylee and Brysen are separated throughout most of the book, and in many ways it is about each of them discovering who they are apart from each other. It is also a much darker, more violent book with high stakes.
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

I love this queer bird fantasy series - Red Skies Falling book two of the Skybound Saga. I'll say it again for those in the back - queer characters, bird magic, dual POVs, and politics. All the elements for a truly spectacular and inventive series. Black Wings Beating was an easy 5 star read for me. Bird, a story about siblings, queer characters, and high stakes. Red Skies Falling
Sep 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy, lqbtqia
[I received a physical copy for an honest review]

"I go where you go"[...]
"Even to the end of the sky."

Red Skies Falling
is the second book I the Skybound series by Alex London. Since this is an ongoing story line, my review will be brief and spoiler free.

This next installment has separated the twins Kylee and Brysen. Kylee to train with the ghost eagle and master the words of the Hollow Tongue. Brysen stays behind to help their village prepare for the upcoming war. Given an opportunity to stop t
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am so pleasantly surprised by this book. I went into the first book in the series with high hopes (because birds + gay is literally a description of my interests) but I didn't enjoy it that much. I had a hard time connecting to the characters and I just couldn't get into the writing. As a result, I was kind of dreading this book and have been putting it off for months. I'm so glad I finally read it though, because I actually loved it.

Brysen and Kylee are separated and each go on their own adv
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher and netgalley. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Red Skies Falling

Author: Alex London

Book Series: Skybound Book 2

Rating: 4/5

Publication Date: September 3, 2019

Publisher: Farrer, Straus, and Giroux

Pages: 432

Recommended Age: 15+ (violence, slight gore)

Synopsis: In this thrilling sequel to Black Wings Beating, twins Kylee and Brysen are separated by the expanse of Uztar, but are preparing for the same war – or so they think.

Kylee is ensconsed
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I got frustrated with Good Reads awhile ago and stopped writing reviews. Then my phone died and this was an app I never updated. But I just finished Red Skies Falling and had to reset my passwords and write a review.

I read Black Wings Beating and was really blown away by the world, the characters, and the language about birds was really gripping. My wife is a librarian and we are lucky to get a lot of ARC copies and when Red Skies Falling showed up in my stack it sat there for a month or so. Ma
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
RTC in the meantime highly recommended.

Some book 2s suffer from bridge syndrome, they lag and stretch the story in anticipation for the 3rd book in the trilogy and in the process lose steam and occasionally purpose: this book? not even a bit.
The novel starts in the immediate aftermath of book `1 and it is action packed, story driven with a twisty plot and considerable character growth.
While the plot builds up the political intrigue and machinations of several different factions the turmoil of wa
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
ew lmao

but you already KNOW im gonna read book three

Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of the best second books in a trilogy I've ever read. It does exactly what I think a second book should; takes the premise and set-up from the first book and amps it up times a thousand.

Brysen and Kylee have now located and caught the attention of the Ghost Eagle, and Kylee trains under the tutelage of Üku at the Sky Castle. Meanwhile, Brysen is busy in the Villages trapping and selling birds and preparing them for the oncoming war. The plot follows from here as the siblings tak
I'd give this book a 4.5 rating, but because of falconry I'll round it up! I felt that the writing grew a lot between the first book and this one, as did the characters. Some of the characters that I'd found annoying in book one (mostly Brysen) became much more real in this book, and I finally understood some of Brysen's motivation. Side characters grew in importance, like Jowyn and Nyall, and the conflict that had seemed of minor importance in book 1 came to the forefront of this story. The cha ...more

Some notes:
-Incredible character development.
-Portrayal of depression, self-loathing and PTSD was extremely well-done.
-Romance was absolutely adorable - massive improvement over the first book.
-I love all the side-characters, but especially Nyck and Nyall.
-The plot was insanely twisty and unpredictable.
-Really interesting development to the magic system that kind of turns what we knew on its head.
-Extremely harrowing.
-Incredibly emotional.
-I love love love how London write
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a really great middle book for this trilogy. Character dev was believable and interesting. Plot was solid. My main complaint is that the violence is sometimes too much for me, so I have to be gentle with reading it. I don't binge it in one sitting, that's for sure. I'm definitely buying the third book when it releases!

CW: violence against birds. It's pretty integral to the story and appears throughout the series. Do not read this if you cannot handle those mental images or graphic depict
Jun 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Red Skies Falling was better than Black Wings Beating… This is one of the best second books in a trilogy that I have read.

Fast paced, well written, well developped, I really can’t find much to fault it. But there’s a bit, I guess I would have liked if Brysen’s and Kylee’s situations were a bit more fleshed out so I could get in their heads a little more.

Other than that, I wanted some more explanation on Uku and Ryven, and the other characters. I hope there will be some in the third book tbh.
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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kelly {BookCrushin}
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
That was a hell of an action packed sequel. Can I have book 3 now?!
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ohhhh I think Alex London is a new fav
Rummanah (Books in the Spotlight)
This is a solid yet underrated fantasy series. Review coming soon.
Apr 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 but I decided to make it a 5 because I'm so in love with the writing. I'm so excited to read the third book and the next book that Alex London will publish. ...more
Heather - hturningpages
This may be my new favorite series?


Gay MC (own voices)
Ace MC
Killer hawks

I can't get the third book fast enough😍🔥😍🔥
Sep 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, own
It's still super weird to me that a series can be so centered on birds of prey, not mad at it though.

Brysen and Jowyn are so precious together and I do believe that Brysen is really changing, maybe becoming gentler by Jowyn. I am interested to see how he will cope with what happened to him at the end of the book, I'm sure it will humble him and take him down a few notches.

This was an easy and quick read, alot of information to take in but it doesn't feel like info dump. Love that!

Looking forw
Apr 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The character motivations are incredible!
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having these books fall into my hands was a godsend given that we are looking to add more AMAZING LGBTQ+ books into our library all the time. It is so hard to find books that are written well in character development, plot, and LGBTQ+ situations, but I think we’ve found a great one. The character design in this book is and was exquisite. I enjoyed reading all the descriptions, development, and love put into the characters from the very beginning. Many of the characters have found their way in th ...more
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a fantastic sequel. I loved Black Wings Beating, it really impressed me, so I was very excited for the second book in the series. And let me tell you, Red Skies Falling did not disappoint.

I honestly would have thought this was the last book in the series with the amount of action and big reveals. As a plot-driven reader this was completely up my alley. Seriously, the word epic comes to mind when I think about the plot of this book. There were thrilling action scenes, high stakes, and a surp
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Black Wings Beating" was one of my surprise favorite reads of 2018 and its sequel did not disappoint. "Red Skies Falling" picks up with Kylee training and resisting her teachers at the Sky Castle; Brysen looks for direction while waiting for the Kartami invasion.
London does a fantastic job with the expansion of the Uztari worlds, its peoples and cultures. The political intrigue continues to encircle Kylee as she tries to master the Hollow Tongue and bond with the Ghost Eagle. Through characters
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Alex London writes books for adults (One Day The Soldiers Came: Voices of Children in War), children (Dog Tags series; An Accidental Adventure series) and teens (Proxy). At one time a journalist reporting from conflict zones and refugee camps, he is now a full time novelist living in Brooklyn, NY, where he can be found wandering the streets talking to his dog, who is the real bra

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