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Once upon a time, there was something called the sun... In a kingdom ruled by an evil witch, the sun is just part of a legend about light-filled days of old. Luckily for everybody in the kingdom, Siria Nightingale is headed to the heart of the darkness to try and restore the light--or she will lose everything trying.

Sixteen year-old Siria Nightingale has never seen the
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Published August 18th 2020 by Blink
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Siria Nightingale has spent her entire life in darkness.

And no, she wasn't locked up in a cold cellar. Her entire world is literally shrouded in darkness.

Queen Iyzabel always told her people that the light is dangerous and has hidden her kingdom for protection...and while Siria can't quite put her finger on it...something felt off. Very off.

On the eve of her s
Renaissance Kate
Although it took me awhile to finish this book, Ignite the Sun included several elements I rather enjoyed, leading me to give it a solid 3 stars.

My favorite part of this book was by far the worldbuildling. Going into the story, I didn’t know Terra-Volat was inhabited by nymphs, elves, dwarves, naiads, banshees, and more. When these mystical creatures appeared on the page, I was pleasantly surprised and excited to see what roles they would play in Siria’s story. This made for an incredibly intere
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Not going to lie, I couldn't put Ignite the Sun down. It was just so interesting and entertaining from the very first page. In it, you will meet Siria. She is sort of living a double life and doesn't know what is fact or fiction until people basically tell her. Even after finding out the truth of who she really is, and who her family actually is, still takes forever for her to believe it.

The amount of times she questions ev
Apr 16, 2020 rated it liked it
a pretty decent debut novel, but its not without its flaws.

all of my concerns have to do with the writing/storytelling. the writing is perhaps a tad too simplistic and the storytelling is a little too convenient for my personal preferences. when ‘opposition’ is present, something random saves the day or the MC passes out, so there really is no tension for the reader to experience. and although the concept and characters are unique, there is no depth or development or any kind of world-building.
Lou (nonfiction fiend)
Once upon a time, there was something called the sun … In a kingdom ruled by a witch, the sun is just part of a legend about Light-filled days of old. But now Siria Nightingale is headed to the heart of the darkness to try and restore the Light—or lose everything trying. Sixteen-year-old Siria Nightingale has never seen the sun. That’s because Queen Iyzabel shrouded the kingdom in shadow upon her ascent to the throne, with claims it would protect her subjects from the dangerous Light.

The Darknes
Apr 13, 2020 rated it liked it
~ I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~

Darkness overwhelms the kingdom of Umbraz that is ruled by an evil witch queen, who despises and fears the light-filled ways of the old. She deems the sun, and those who thrive within it, as evil and seeks to destroy anything that is a threat to her regime – including the last sunchild, a nymph with the ability to harness the powers of the sun.

Generally I enjoyed this story, particularly the mythology as it inclu
*Thea 'Wookiee'sMama' Wilson*
Ignite The Sun is a brilliant debut novel and Hanna Howard has created a wonderful story with a rich mythology and some very interesting and realistic characters that only add to the feel of the book.

The pacing is fast and pulls no punches which leaves you with a simply fantastic debut fantasy book.

I personally will look forward to seeing where this author will go next.
Aug 22, 2020 rated it liked it
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Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an audio version of this book to listen to in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

Ignite the sun is a beautiful light vs dark fantasy book that has elemental magic and creatures that are both intriguing and well described. I loved the romance element entwined within this story and found it slotted in very well. I was fascinated with the cover and blurb of this book and was captivated with the idea of a 'sun child' and a world where sunlight and stars were le
Kathryn S (Metaphors and Miscellanea)
Though I did have mixed feelings on the book, especially the plotting and narrative structure, my overall impression was still definitely a favorable one. Howard has crafted an engaging fantasy universe full of Things We Love To See, like elemental magic, multiple varieties of magical creatures (including things that resemble dragonsmermaids, and banshees, among others), and a resistance movement against a straight-up evil queen. There is a classic light-versus-darkness battle, with the added ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

“Once upon a time, there was something called the sun…”

And with this irresistible premise, Hanna C. Howard’s debut Ignite the Sun had my full attention (though that heart-stoppingly stunning cover didn’t hurt either). The novel’s protagonist is sixteen-year-old Siria Nightingale, who has never once in her life seen the light of the sun or felt the warmth of its rays. That’s because long ago, the kingdom’s tyrannical Quee
rebecca | velvet opus
~~I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review!~~

Siria Nightingale lives in a world shrouded in Darkness; an outcast at the Gildenbrook school for Girls with her unusual red hair, who longs for affection from her emotionally distant parents. If she can just leave behind her childish fascination with the mythical sunchildren, and ignore her growing fear of the Darkness she knows she could be chosen to serve the Witch Queen Iyzabel. She would finally fit in. Even if it would mean leaving b
anna ✩
Sep 03, 2020 rated it liked it
3 stars!

Ignite The Sun is a good debut and an entertaining read.

Siria Nightingale has never seen the sun. Not because she is locked away somewhere but because in her world, there is no sun anymore. It's been 15 years since Queen Iyzabel has established the Darkness and since then no one has seen the dangerous sun. Siria, however, hates the darkness and wants to know all the stories about the sun and the times when light was around.

Ignite the Sun had the opportunity to be outstanding but I bel
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I'm getting more and more into audiobooks and I really liked the narrator in this one.

The book follows Siria, who has always felt out of place in the reign of darkness of Queen Iyzabel. She has bright red hair, a physical revulsion to the darkness, and dreams of the sun.

I was very intrigued by the premise. I'm instantly drawn in by stories of rebels and dystopia in general, so I loved the overall worldbuilding and magic system.

The romance was very sweet, Siria's growth strong and believable,
Lili  Marcus
A cliche concept/trope with a twist…

Once upon a time, there was something called the sun…The moment I read this in the blurb, I was sold. 1.) because of its similarity to my previous manuscript and 2.) The light vs. darkness trope might be cliche, but it’s still one of my favorite tropes of all time. Especially, if the author manages to put a twist in it. In Ignite The Sun, light and dark literally fight each other, so it’s not your typical light vs. darkness, which of course, symbolizes good an
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book took me by surprise. I wasn't totally sure of the plot so I just found things out as I went. The worldbuilding was pretty well done, it didn't delve too deep but I understood the relevant history without having too much information. I liked Siria as our main character, she's a good person who cares about others, but she's had a privileged life and tries to please her parents and it shows. Sometimes she complains or doesn't understand how the world works, but she gets better and her com ...more
Joanna Meyer
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-tbr
Official comments: How do you ignite the sun in a world teeming with darkness? Howard explores the answer in this lyrical fairytale that feels at once familiar and fresh. Her innovative world is filled with fascinating characters that will stick in your heart long after you turn the final page. A vivid story, beautifully told.
Rayne ♥
Apr 03, 2020 marked it as to-read
The premise of this sounds amazing, and that cover, beauty at its finest

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Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is one of my most anticipated read this year and I had a high expectation of it. Let me just say that this book was phenomenal and it was simply amazing. I loved it and enjoyed it a lot. Not enough words can explain how much I truly enjoyed reading it.

The storyline was really easy to follow and the flow of the story was really smooth, so it won’t be complicated to understand what was going on. It was about a girl named Siria and her other companions on their journey to help Siria reach her
May 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, own-ebook, 2020-read

I received an eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Once upon a time, there was something called the sun.

Siria Nightingale has only ever know shades of Darkness. Since Queen Iyzabel started her reign, it has been clouded in Darkness to save the citizens from the evil that is the sun. Or so, that's what the Queen would like you to believe. On her sixteenth birthday, Siria learns she is the last sunchild and that she must stop the Queen and bring bac
Tracy Frenette
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Ignite the Sun by Hanna Howard
Pub Date 08/18/2020
Syfy fantasy YA

I absolutely loved this book. I can believe how much I enjoyed this one, I didn't want it end. I hope there is a second book to follow.

This fantasy was one about darkness against light. They haven't seen the sun in 15 years. It had super cool characters like a sun child, naiads, wood nymphs and even a banshee.
Siria Nightingale is sort of an outcast at the all girls school. Siria is hoping to be picked for the Queens court. But soon
Aug 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-arcs
Ignite the Sun is a YA Fantasy standalone where you will meet Siria, a sixteen year old girl, thrown into the conflict between the Queen Iyzabel and rebels who wish to stop the witch from keeping the Kingdom in Darkness. She already killed almost every "sun child" except for one : Siria. She had no idea who she really was until her birthday where everyone saw the proof on her skin. She's being hunted but she's lucky enough to get the help of some good people.

Overall, this book was okay. Unfortu
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[ARC Provided by NetGalley, my review is unbiased]
I'm also a book blogger

This is a very fast paced book, which doesn't work for everyone but worked for me, I always prefer to just get on with things. Very early on Siria is presented at court with other girls who look like her (pale, ginger, I'll get to that at the end) and is revealed to be the last remaining sunchild, a threat to the Queen who has surrounded the Kingdom in darkness.

Ignite The Sun managed to do something that has only ever happe
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Siria Nightingale is 16 years old. She always felt out of place and she don't know who she is until something happened and the truth was revealed. She is in danger because of who she is. I don't like her at first because she is annoying and whines a lot but then I grew to like her.

Btw there is a different kind of creatures including herself and goshh that is interesting af! But there is only a little information about those creatures. Linden, Yarrow and Merrell were the one who helped Siria thr
Aug 26, 2020 marked it as to-read
I received the audiobook for free from the publisher via Netgalley. I've seen so many amazing reviews and I can't wait to dive in. ...more
Ren (A Bookish Balance)
2.5/5 stars

ARC provided by Netgalley and Blink Publishing.

Ignite the Sun takes place in a world covered in darkness, where the sun is a myth. This world has mages, nymphs, and fae type creatures. We follow Siria, who is just turning sixteen and is trying to gain the favour of the queen. When she becomes an honoured guest at the Choosing Ball, she discovers not everything is as it seems, and she may be the key to bringing the sun back to the kingdom.

I’ve been dreading writing this review becaus
Tarra Lyn | TLCBookNook
“Once upon a time, the was something called the sun...”

This was a much-anticipated release for me and I am so thankful to have received this copy. I went into this book not knowing much about it. The blurb intrigued me and with the magic, mythology and premise, it held on tight.

A kingdom shrouded in darkness and under the rule of an evil Witch Queen, who despises and fears the sun and light-filled ways of old, seeks to destroy all who thrive in it, deeming them a threat to her regime. The last
May 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-arc
*Received a free ecopy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

“Once upon a time, there was something called the sun.”

Siria Nightingale is an ordinary girl living in a world of Darkness, where the light from the Sun has been banished for generations since Queen Izyabel vanquished the sun-worshipping kingdom of Luminor. Only, sixteen years ago, there was a prophecy that promised the birth of a sunchild, one who wielded the fiery powers of the sun, who would end her reign of darkness.

A Book Shrew
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks, arc-reads
You know what I should have done? I should have listened to that little voice at the back of my head—the one I NEVER listen to—that whispered, "DNF it."

NOTE: I received an advance copy of this title as both an e-book and an audiobook from Netgalley. This review is based on the audiobook.

I have been deceived by that downright stunning cover. While the premise of a world deprived of sunlight was what immediately grabbed my interest, I found it to be poorly executed. The world-building felt ... in
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
So traditional YA fantasy is a genre of books that I've been seriously struggling with this year. I find myself bored and feel like I'm just rereading the same stories with the same characters (just with different names). Now I don't think anyone would argue that this book strays from the tried and true structure of YA fantasies...nor that the characters were anything unique but I for some reason INHALED this book. Maybe I really jived with the writing? It was good enough that even when the main ...more
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