Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky #1)

Rebecca Roanhorse

From the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Resistance Reborn comes the first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and woven into a tale of celestial prophecies, political intrigue, and forbidden magic.

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 it coincides with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial event proscribed by the Sun Priest as an unbalancing of the world.

Meanwhile, a ship launches from a distant city bound for Tova and set to arrive on the solstice. The captain of the ship, Xiala, is a disgraced Teek whose song can calm the waters around her as easily as it can warp a man’s mind. Her ship carries one passenger. Described as harmless, the passenger, Serapio, is a young man, blind, scarred, and cloaked in destiny. As Xiala well knows, when a man is described as harmless, he usually ends up being a villain.

Crafted with unforgettable characters, Rebecca Roanhorse has created an epic adventure exploring the decadence of power amidst the weight of history and the struggle of individuals swimming against the confines of society and their broken pasts in the most original series debut of the decade.

-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.

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My Opinion

3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5) Black Sun revolves around Convergence or the eclipse that is happening at the same time as Solstice. Not only is there a huge celebration, but this year it is even more special. 

We meet each character and slowly the pieces start fitting together. We are introduced to the intricate world years ahead of Convergence and are able to see where each puzzle piece falls into place. Initially, I had a hard time keeping track of the story while reading so when I had the opportunity to get the audio, I jumped on it. Being able to go back and forth helped me keep it straight until I felt I learned the characters well enough that it wasn’t needed.

Each character was well defined and while I didn’t feel a connection with any, I was entranced by their world and what was happening. The details were small but significant and it was fun being able to see it all fall into place, weaving into each other with an explosion of activity at the end. The audio was fabulous with a full cast of characters that all had great narration.

Content mentions: language (including multiple F words), one short but somewhat detailed sex scene, F/F small romance and flirting, a massacre of people with details of blood and bodies.

Thank you to Simon & Schuster Audio, Saga Press, and Goodreads for the free copies in exchange for a review. This book is published October 13, 2020.

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