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A Flight in the Heavens (The Theurgy of the Gods, #1)

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"I see you my little moppets."

The king is dead, long live his murderer.

After fifteen years of passive torment, Farrah and her implacable group of renegades endeavour to alter their fates by attempting to assassinate the man who stole everything from them, Daemon Daromas.
Alas, he who wields the theurgy of the gods has no rivals in the lands of Iscar but those foolish enough
Published June 21st 2021
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Shawna :)
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Thank you to Gabrielle Gagne-Cyr for sending me an advanced reader’s copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Gabrielle Gagne-Cyr was one of the nicest authors that I’ve ever interacted with and it pains me that I didn’t like her book, but I agreed to give an honest review, so here it is.

A Flight in the Heavens was a book that I had wanted to read before the author had even emailed me to ask if I would read it, s
Lucie V.
This book is free on Amazon today (09/24/2021). 🙂

I was provided an e-copy of the book by the author in exchange of an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

✅ World-building
✅ Action
✅ Plot
✅🆗 Pace
✅🆗 Characters
✅🆗 Descriptions / Wordy writing
❗️❗️ Graphic torture and murders (among other things, there is a dark vibe in this book)

I know that the vast majority of the readers completely loved this story so keep that in mind when you read this review: I am the minority here. Also keep in m
Clemens Schoonderwoert
Jun 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This delightful debut novel, by for me a new author, has been an absolute joy to read.

Story-telling is of a superb quality, the story is very well executed by the author, and all characters, heroes and villains, are very believable and lifelike concerning their interactions and conversations.

The story is right from the start action-packed and fast-paced, with many interesting encounters between our already mentioned heroes and villains.

The book starts off with some of our main protagonists in pr
May 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
*Spoiler ahead...maybe....kind of..*

..oh nononono how could you do this to me! The ending just had me sitting on my bed in despair because nope this cannot end like this! When is the next book coming out??????!! Please say soon because I really really want to know what happens next. This is extremely well written, the concept is very diverse and just..SKY PIRATES. Why be a boring pirate when you can freaking rule the sky. Damn, how does one become a sky pirate? *does google reasearch*

" I don't c
Gabrielle Gagne-Cyr
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Am I allowed to rate this, considering I'm the author?
Meh. Seems legit.
This book is awesome. And I’m clearly totally biased.
Jun 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Where do I start?!!

Queer - check
WOC is MC - check
Dragons - check
Kick ass women - check
Pirates - check
Obnoxious Gods - check
Complex characters and exciting story arc? - check and check again. I can keep going…really.

Right on to the review:

Our main heroin Farrah is the leader of the renegades who are attempting to remove the false and oppressive ruler of Iscar and restore peace to the land. Unfortunately things don’t go to plan and soon they are in need of a little assistance from the (in)famo
Book Gangsta (haitus till 24 September)
Aug 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA and Dystopia readers
"The world is afflicted by people minding their own business while others' lives are left abandoned to decay"

This pretty much sums up this whole world.
I was provided with a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
And I am grateful, as this is now one of my favourites!

So this book was a great one, well written dialogues, and the best thing was the unique World Building. I had to, force myself to read quite a few times, but it was worth it consid
Jun 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book was given to the Sapphic Book Club for an honest review.

"Her chest heaved chaotically while she gazed at her crew. She wanted to cry and yell at the same time."

The first 2 chapters fooled me. That POV got me like "Who are you? I don't care about you." I was able to keep going because the hardcore events that were happening right away, I was intrigued! So glad I kept going. My gay expectations were fulfilled and MORE. By chapter 3 I was already sobbing.

As it would be expected from the
Book Worm
Jun 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Wow, this was a roller coaster.
We are on a world that is reigned by merciless and powerhungry people, who have even attained the help of some gods. But the rebellion stirrs even though the fight seems futile and we are taken on a ride through the skies of this strange world - a mix between Jules Vernes dreams, the Pirates of the Caribbean and mythological places where Gods abound.
I have to admit that in the beginning I had a little trouble connecting to the characters, but after a while the sto
henri reads
Sep 01, 2021 rated it it was ok
Thank you to Netgalley and the SFWA Team for the eARC.

A Flight in the Heavens has all the basic ingredients to be a book I enjoy and eagerly anticipate Part Two of. But somewhere in the process, all of this didn't mix well.

The basics are this: a group of renegades needs to go on a dangerous quest in order to find the means to overthrow the tyrannical leader of their country. You get a promise of found family, chaotic sapphics and tragic backstories. Also, the author doesn't shy away from letting
Jul 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wlw
A copy of the book was provided to Sapphic Book Club for free in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 3.75/5 (pretty good, just not quite for me)

Right off the bat, one of the things I noticed about this book was the setting- it's an interesting mix of pirates, steampunk, and polytheism that grew on me a lot as I read this book. If you're looking for a fantasy novel that doesn't take place in the vaguely medieval setting that's rather common, definitely pick this one up! I would really like to
A copy of this book was given to the Sapphic Book Club for an honest review.

This was a really good epic fantasy. The story follow a group of renegades who try to overthrow a dictator but end up on the run with a famous pirate. The story is told from several different POV's with Farrah (renegade leader), Slay (new renegade member), and Feras (pirate captain) as the primary POV's.

This is my favorite kind of fantasy. There are gods and powers, pirates and dragons, swords and guns, ships on the wate
Sadie Forsythe
It took me forever and a day to finish this book. Granted, it's a long book. But I'm a really fast, obsessive reader and generally prefer to read one book at a time. But if I'm not particularly grabbed by one, I sometimes let myself take a break and read something else between chapters. How many books I splice in while reading one can be taken as a signifier of how much I'm enjoying a book (or not). In the case of A Flight in the Heavens I read something like 16! Well, I listened to most of them ...more
Carol Hutchinson
Aug 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A compelling adventure!

Farrah embarks on a mission to assassinate the man responsible for taking everything from them and to do so she seeks the power of the gods but it isn’t without complication. Encountering many challenge along the way, Farrah and her team of allies end up learning much more than they originally bargained for when they have to seek help from a pirates daughter.

Adventure with everything you could want; battles, mystery, and really heroic acts. You can really tell that Gabri
Jennifer deBie
Jul 08, 2021 rated it liked it
I received an ARC copy of A Flight in the Heavens in exchange for an honest review. See my full review on

If there is one thing to say about Gabrielle Gagné-Cyr’s freshman effort, it is an impressive stack of pages. Buckle your swashes ladies and gents because A Flight in the Heavens is 400+ pages of fantasy adventure, full of the colorful cast and exotic locals one would hope to find in a book primarily centered on a flying pirate ship.

Unfortunately for this re
C.E. Clayton
Imagine, if you will, a world where multiple gods roam the land, benevolent and dark alike, and all these gods can entomb themselves in those they find to be worthy—whether for good or ill. Now, imagine that some of those evil gods blessed a knight with power hungry intentions, who then killed the ruling family and took over the world, essentially, plunging the kingdom into a reign of tyranny and terror, where his most loyal knights also took in gods of similar temperament to help keep “order” i ...more
Gabriel Roussier
May 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book made me travel to a fantastic world. Flying ship? Check. Powers? Check. Dragon? Check. Complex female characters? Check. Slow burn love story? Check. It's refreshing to see lgbtq+ representation in that kind of book. I loved it and you will too! ...more
Michelle (Chelle's Book Ramblings)
I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion.
And we have my second 5 star read of this year.
They have been scarce but when they hit they hit you like a truck.
This book packs a hell of a punch, it's exactly the kind of Fantasy I love to read, those that start with full on action and don't let down throughout the story.
The rebellion agaisnt a tyrant, wanting to set your people free.. it kind of hit a bit close to home in my case.. and the fact that dictators can be perc
Nicole Pelcher
Jun 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of A Flight in the Heavens from Gabrielle Gagne-Cyr in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much Gabrielle! I look forward to reading the second one.

Actual reenactment of me for most of the book: Please be sapphic... please be sapphic. YES!!!

Other then the blurb the author gave me about the book I decided to go into this one relatively blind. And oh boy I am so glad I did. It let me really get captured by the story and the characters (most). Other then Slay who for some
W.A. Stanley
Jun 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Please note that I received an advance reader copy. I am leaving this review voluntarily.

A Flight in the Heavens is a delightful read from start to finish. The writing is full of wit and energy, and shifts to pure beauty when the story calls for it.

A fantasy tale with science fiction and steampunk trappings, it is an easily digestible read. For those who require such warnings, yes, it does feature LGBTQI+ characters, and no, it doesn't matter. People are people, characters are characters, and th
Kayla C.
Jun 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Reading A Flight in the Heavens made me feel like a child again. I was bouncing in my seat, pumping my fist, and pleading with the book to carry my favorite characters to safety. This steampunk-influenced fantasy adventure swallowed me whole. Putting it down caused me anguish. There was a good balance of romance, character development, and world-building. Each was woven expertly into the story. The descriptions were fresh and engrossing. The camaraderie between the protagonists was endearing. I ...more
Jun 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
How do you write a review for a book that has absolutely everything you want from a work of fiction? I don't know, but here goes! The world Gabrielle Gagne-Cyr has created is stunning. The characters are first class (as is the banter between them - which was a real highlight for me). The writing is rich, deep, and beautiful to read. The story itself is entertaining and gripping, making it hard to put down. My only disappointment is not knowing when book 2 will be available!

My thanks to the autho
May 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A flight in the Heavens is a fabulous page turner that transports you into another world! Romance, fighting, flying ships, gods , daemons and adventure, what more can I ask for? Filled with every emotion possible, the author grasps our heartstrings from the beginning and makes us fall in love with every character. I already cant wait for the second volume of The Theurgy of the Gods!
May 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Very good story, could not put it down!
The Sapphic Nerd
Jun 22, 2021 rated it liked it
When I started reading this, I was immediately confused as to why it was coming from the perspective of a man who starts developing romantic feelings for the woman renegade leader, Farrah. This was marketed to me as a slow burn lesbian pirate romance adventure and the perspective threw me off. As I got my bearings, I started to understand the author's intentions, but for this reason, I had difficulty getting into the story at first. The perspective flutters to Farrah's more later in the story, b ...more
Jun 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I want more!!!! When will be the next one?!
This book gave me the opportunity to travel and totally disconnect for my day-to-day. Characters are endearing, story captivating (careful, it's sometimes hard to stop reading) and the fantastic universe is simply mesmerizing... I highly recommend it.
What a great adventure you'll live!
Hannah Barnes
Jun 04, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, lgbt, adult
If you are a fan of DnD style stories, this is the book for you! The setting is more steampunk than medieval, but the characters and their quest fit perfectly into the mold of DnD! I loved the pirates the main characters spend most of their time with, and each character had a very distinct and clear voice and personality. The main antagonist is truly horrifying, as are many of the secondary antagonits. The plot is super intriguing as well: Fifteen years after the tyrant Daromas the Deamon killed ...more
Jun 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
"A Flight in the Heavens" is a fast-paced fantasy adventure full of twists, turns, and slow-burn romance, with a touch of humor on the side. It follows a band of rebels who are forced to go on the run after their attempt at taking out the tyrannical ruler fails. The person who ends up rescuing them? A notorious pirate who takes them on with reluctance--but whose backstory has more than meets the eye.

I haven't read much "pirate fantasy" (I assume this is a genre? If not, it should be), but I was
Laurence BL
Apr 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book and plunging into the world the author created…especially when it comes to a world of bad-ass flying pirates! It reads well and fast, with non-stop action throughout the book and a good storyline. I just kept going chapter through chapter without seeing the time pass. Also loved the two main protagonists in this story, 2 strong female leaders. I found that they were original and realistic characters I could easily relate to. Can’t wait to know what happens next ...more
Manu  ✦★✦
This was a case of the right book wrong person.

A Flight in the Heavens is a fantasy novel that combines a variety of themes to create a really unique story. To mention a few, there are  LGBTQ+ portrayal plus sky pirates, gods, swords, and guns. In some kind of fantasy and steampunk mix.

So even though this book does include everything I said before and has a super original main plot that many people would enjoy I simply wasn't one of them. Yes, I liked the action, and yes I liked the overall plot
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Gabrielle Gagne-Cyr, author of The Theurgy of the Gods series, is a French Canadian who studied Digital Video Production and Psychology at Concordia University in Montreal.
After working a few years as a counsellor at a youth centre, she somehow decided that writing on the sidelines would be as good a career (though her dream job would be sky pirate—a nice one obviously).
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