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Heir to the Sky

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Heir to the Sky

Kali is the heir to the sky, several floating continents above earth. When she is crowned, she vows to help her people thrive. When Kali falls off the edge of her kingdom, her dreams are far from dashed, promising to find a way to return from the monster-ridden earth. She requests the help of Griffin, a monster hunter, to guide her back home. Weeks pass; Kali begins to uncover the truth of the floating continents and realizes she didn’t fall off the edge --- she was pushed off it.
 
Amanda Sun, author of the Ink series, returns with a fantasy novel that will pull at your heartstrings. HEIR TO THE SKY is a gorgeous book, filled with wonderful descriptions of fantastical creatures and a romance that will knock your socks off. Sun’s writing is as beautiful as ever, capturing the charm and cruelty of her world. Sun’s building of this fantastical world is superb; however, it does lack an origin story. Readers are left with thousands of questions. To begin with, how is earth suddenly infested with monsters?
 
"HEIR TO THE SKY is a gorgeous book, filled with wonderful descriptions of fantastical creatures and a romance that will knock your socks off. Sun’s writing is as beautiful as ever..."
 
Something I’ve found in all of Sun’s characters, including her Ink series, is that the protagonist often lacks complexity. Despite Sun’s wonderful descriptions of worlds and gorgeous writing about monster wars, readers will certainly miss the depth of Kali, HEIR TO THE SKY'S main character. For both an heir and protagonist, she is a tad dense. The reader is able to predict upcoming events that Kali herself never sees coming, which makes the book a bit predictable. 
 
The romance, however, is unlike the rest of the plot in that it is completely unexpected. It is this sweet romance that entices people to keep reading. Griffin was a magnificent character and I’m hoping for a spin-off book in his perspective. The monster hunter, Griffin, sounds much more interesting and unpredictable than an heir to a kingdom. Readers will find themselves wanting to know more about Griffin’s experiences on this unsafe earth. 
 
Despite being predictable, HEIR TO THE SKY was a great book. It held that spark of freshness, where the protagonist is experiencing a whole new world for the very first time. Similar to the plot of SOUNDLESS by Richelle Mead, HEIR TO THE SKY introduces a new dystopia which is just beginning to grow roots. Overall, Amanda Sun’s HEIR TO THE SKY was beautifully-written and wonderfully romantic. Fans of SOUNDLESS by Richelle Mead and Sun’s previous series will be sure to fall off the edge of the floating continents to experience the journey with Kali and Griffin.

Reviewed by Jeanna Michel on April 26, 2016

Heir to the Sky
by Amanda Sun