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Red Skies Falling

(Skybound #2)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  351 ratings  ·  82 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.
Naomi 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.
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
Rec-It Rachel
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
amazing, of course
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
sign me up for the Brysen and Jowyn protection squad, right now
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
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
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.
Paige Green
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
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
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My heart thudded in my chest and I got the chills during the last chapter.

I think that is the sign of a well written action-packed saga. Kylee and Bryson continue to grow and only become better characters to follow, even in their mistakes. Jowyn and The rest of the supporting cast come alive.

This political struggle and battle comes to a head and everything changes and the next book will probably find its way into my head no matter what I do to fight off the Ghost Eagle!
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
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Wow this book was incredible. The writing was I wish I had his skills at writing. The characters were very engaging and the storyline is so original. I need book 3 asap!
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
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. This review will contain spoilers for the first book in the trilogy, Black Wings Beating.


I super loved Alex London's Black Wings Beating, though I had some hesitations regarding the weirdness of Jowyn's magic. What I wanted was more bird magic, more exploration of that, and more Kylee, whom I would die for. Red Skies Falling delivered.

Characters: I came out of BWB with a deep love for Kylee and ambivalence ab
Heather Hughes
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I'd like to thank Macmillan for providing me with an advance copy and a spot on the blog tour!

Well, damn. I knew I would like this next installment, but I had no idea I would feel so much frustration at the events that occurred. Alex sure knows how to spin a sequel together and make the reader suffer.

We continue from the first book, Black Wings Beating. Kylee and Brysen are separated. Kylee is learning the Hollow Tongue in the Sky Castle with a not-so-willing partner that has a sharper tongue fo
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt
3.5 Stars

This book was interesting, fun, and built on the original in a lot of ways that I really enjoyed! The magic system is explored and revealed to be more nuanced than its portrayal from the first book, which I really appreciated. The relationships felt more genuine too, less forced this time around. I think my biggest problem with this book is that I wanted more.

For a book 460 page book, I felt like not enough truly happened. Of course, this is the tricky part about having dual perspective
Tanya C.
I'll start saying I DNFd this book at 50% so my rating and review is based on what I read.

The sequel starts where the first one left off, Kylee is now in the Sky Castle training to master the hollow tongue to control the ghost eagle and win the war against the Kartami.
Brysen is at home with his owl boy and mom, doing Brysen things.

The plot so far was about Kylee training, and Brysen surviving by himself, waiting for his bird to return to him. I must admit that Brysen had more character develo
My experience with the second installment of most book series, especially YA, is that it's subpar compared to the first. I'm happy to say that that's not the case here. In fact, I like it better than Black Wings Beating: the story was fresher, the characters grayer, and I didn't see a lot of the twists coming. In fact, with each plot twist, big and small, I sort of nodded along like, "Nice." Not saying that it was all unpredictable, there are some things that I did see coming, but it wasn't ever ...more
Paul Decker
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*I received this book as an eARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group via NetGalley. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

I absolutely LOVED Black Wings Beating! This sequel takes those characters into darker places. War is even closer to both Kylee and Brysen. I feel like this book really takes the complexity of war times and expands on them. Moral grayness is abound. Conflicting priorities and viewpoints drive the action in
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Deep breath in; deep breath out. I need to catch my breath after this one.

The more a book grabs me deep in my soul, the less articulate of a review I am able to write. There were several “wow” moments for me, but in all of it, and bigger than the story itself, is the way it’s a slap in the face to traditional, stifling patriarchy and its power structures. The world of Red Skies Falling serves as a counterpoint to our own. I listened to the interview with the author that accompanied the audioboo
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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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