A god will return
When the earth and sky converge
Under the black sun
In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is usually a time for celebration and renewal, but this year i ...more
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1. “Black Sun” is a Remarkable Achievement of Storytelling
“Black Sun” is less a novel, and more an experience. Roanhorse’s storytelling will carry you far from home, sweeping like a sweet wind past jagged mountains, over vast expanses of ocean and cliff cities that weathered the anger of gods. It will pour you into ships with fickle crewmen and ill-lit cells that unlock to new beginnings. It will siphon you away from the dea ...more
The world building already blew my mind with its refreshing view which is inspired by Pre-Columbian Americans (indigenous people)! The story centered on 4 characters:
Serapio: a young boy’s suffering and tremendously compelling journey to turn turn into a Crow God has the most remarkable part a ...more
This is the first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy which is inspired by the civilizations of the pre-colonial Americas. This setting was absolutely brilliant, it was vibrant and captivating from the very first chapter. We embark on a journey of celestial prophesy, political intrigue, and magic.
We follow multiple POVs, a shy blind young man, Serapio, des ...more
ARC provided by the publisher—Saga Press—in exchange for an honest review.
Fascinating world-building and riveting narrative. Black Sun was my first venture in Rebecca Roanhorse’s works, and it certainly won’t be the last.
I’ve heard a lot of great things about The Sixth World, an ongoing urban fantasy series by Roanhorse, but I haven’t managed to get to them yet. When I saw this book being offered t ...more
Overall a solid fantasy filled with fascinating characters and colorful storytelling, (and an incredible strong start with the most foreboding tone that sets off the rest of the book), this had too much of a 'telling and not showing' aspect to it. And the second aspect I didn't really like: this one really sets up its grandiose twists and promises all for the sequel. All the build up, albeit beautifully and well written, but still too little too late for me.
Xiala was a favorite, t ...more
Epic fantasy fans – rejoice! Get ready to shout from your rooftops and jump for joy.
Because Rebecca Roanhorse has given us a gift. A magical and wondrous gift. Black Sun, the first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, is FANTASTIC.
“A god will return
When the earth and sky converge
Under the black sun”
On the continent of Meridian lies the holy city of Tova, home to the Watchers and the Sky Made clans, where celebrations for the ...more
If you like any sort of fantasy, you NEED it. Epic fantasy set in a world inspired by the Pre-Columbian Americas in a way that is glorious and celebratory and rich. Slow burn romance and lady sea captains and awesome cliff cities and a ...more
I listened to this on audio and highly recommend it as the cast is wonderful. This book solidified Roanhorse as an author I’ll be keeping my eye on. This combines interesting lore (crow mythology AND mermaids/sirens?!), political intrigue, and celestial events into one satisfying start to a series. There are a few cliffhangers at the end, so I am distressed that we don’t already have a release date for the sequel.
I’m going to get the Audible later as well. I really loved the narrators!! I loved the characters too damn it 💕💕💕💕
Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 ...more
In truth, this is the book my soul—and the souls of many others, I’m sure—has needed for a long, long time.
This is a story that is founded on Indigenous mythology and epistemologies (and written by an Indigenous person); that centres cha ...more
Riveting from start to finish. The multiple POVs were particularly interesting and I loved all the characters.
I’m so looking forward to seeing how this series develops, and ahh that ending.
PS: I’m never gonna be able to look at crows the same way again. If you know, you know.
The synopsis of the book pulled me in. The whole dang story made me stay!
I was expecting Aztecs, or Mayans. What I got was a fantasy quest that sucked me in so fast that I was actually heartbroken to read the final pages. Luckily!! It's not finished! Ms. Roanhorse has my damned attention!
Egads! I love this story! ...more
I knew she could do good UF, but we all know that epic fantasy requires a huge amount of worldbuilding to do it right. And this is evident in Black Sun. :)
One strong point: the opening worked REALLY, REALLY well for me. I haven't read such a strong start of a book in a long time. Visceral, scary, making me ask tons of questions and freaking OUT. Very good stuff.
As for the epic stuff? Gorgeous backdrop, lots of fascinating Po ...more
I appreciated the novel’s world-building in that it is inspired by the pre-Columbian cultures of the Americas. I also enjoyed the inclusion of LGBTQ+ individuals, in particular characters who are a third gend ...more
✨ EDIT 21/02 : LAST DAY TO ENTER! I'm giving away a paperback copy of Black Sun on my blog, INTL okay! ✨
Book really do save us, don't they? During the rough couple of days I've just been through, Black Sun's light was so striking - I'm in awe. Don't you love it when books just creep up on you without you even noticing? When the real world, that asshole, calls you back, and you suddenly realize how painful taking a break feels? Because god, my love for this book felt so sneaky.
Today he w...more
This book was honestly earth-shattering and it’s taken me two days to try and compose my thoughts, so prepare for an excited rant review.
The story follows three characters, each with different morals, upbringing, and goals, which creates an interesting dynamic.
I haven't decided if this is 4 or 4.5 stars.
Why you may not like this book: This is a fantasy told in four perspectives, and one that relies more on you investing in characters than in juicy descriptions or plot details. The characters all worked for me, and it's hard for me to say why they might not work for others. However, if even just one POV doesn't land with a reader, I can see this being a lesser and imbalanced experience.
Additionally, this is a race against a clock that felt rather stea ...more
I am angry at how phenomenal this book is. Like, what gave you the right to be so good, BLACK SUN? Go preorder this, everyone. You’ll thank me for it.
But he did have something that others lacked, something he would have willingly traded for love had the bargain ever been offered. He had purpose.
“A man with a destiny is a man who fears nothing,” he whispered to himself.
I feel inadequate in writing any sort of review because it would pale in ...more
Rep: no labels are given but the m/c has an "entanglement" with a woman as wel ...more
Fantasy set in an alt-pre Columbian American world. The world building is spectacular: conveys a lot of complexity, religion, politics and culture along with a big cast so effortlessly (apparently) that the reader never wonders or falters. A terrific plot with four main strands converging to a point. And fabulous, flawed, complex characters.
It's 100k and I read it in two sittings. So good. Do not miss. ...more
The first book in the Between the Earth and Sky trilogy, Black Sun begins with a brutal opening scene that sets the tone for the rest of the book. The story picks up several years later ...more
There's not really a good vs. evil paradigm going on here. I empathized with pretty much every perspective, though I enjoyed Xiala and Serapio's perspectives a lot more than I did Naranpa's, because BOY OH BOY did this woman get blindsided by literally everyone in pretty much every scene.
I'm really looking forward to diving deeper into this world. The writing is terrific, and the Pre-Colonial America setting is fantastic. I've never read anything quite like it, but I sure hope/pla ...more
High fantasy has always been very hit or miss for me, mostly because it takes a lot for me to suspend my disbelief. Too many fantasy authors think a vaguely Arthurian setting, dudes in armor with swords and randomly misspelled/capitalized words (Magick, for example) make for great fantasy, and I disagree. What makes fantasy great is the ...more
I have absolutely nothing to s ...more
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Her novels include TRAIL OF LIGHTNING, STORM OF LOCUSTS, STAR WARS: RESISTANCE REBORN, and RACE TO THE SUN. Her upcoming novel BLACK SUN is set to release 10/13/2020.
She lives in Northern New Mexico w ...more