Happy Thursday, guys! (One more day until the weekend, yay!). This week has been pretty crazy, but next week is Spring break, which I’m very excited about.
As heir to a kingdom of floating continents, Kali has spent her life bound by limits—by her duties as a member of the royal family, by a forced betrothal to the son of a nobleman, and by the edge of the only world she’s ever known—a small island hovering above a monster-ridden earth, long since uninhabited by humans. She is the Eternal Flame of Hope for what’s left of mankind, the wick and the wax burning in service for her people, and for their revered Phoenix, whose magic keeps them aloft.
When Kali falls off the edge of her kingdom and miraculously survives, she is shocked to discover there are still humans on the earth. Determined to get home, Kali entrusts a rugged monster-hunter named Griffin to guide her across a world overrun by chimera, storm dragons, basilisks, and other terrifying beasts. But the more time she spends on earth, the more dark truths she begins to uncover about her home in the sky, and the more resolute she is to start burning for herself. (from Goodreads)
Okay, I haven’t really heard about anyone talking about Heir to the Sky. I borrowed it from the library because I had seen it at my bookstore. I’m wary of buying books I haven’t heard much about, so I thought, I’ll read it, and if it’s good I’ll buy it. Well. I haven’t bought it. Which is too bad, because I think it is a pretty book.
The Pros: The main pro for me was the love story. Which is sweet. Underdeveloped, yes. But sweet nonetheless. Griffin is not a stereotypical brooding hero, which is what I was expecting. He’s selfless and smart and kind, and I enjoyed him as a love interest for Kali a lot.
Secondly, I did think that the fantasy development was neat, and fairly appropriate for a standalone. There are all these interesting creatures, and we get to meet a lot of them. The fantasy was definitely the most original and enjoyable part of Heir to the Sky.
Sadly, that’s about it for the pros.
The Cons: Heir to the Sky is a pretty short book (less than 300 pages, I believe). And it’s a standalone. So you’d expect a lot of action, right? Well, you’d be partly right. There is a lot of action…which does very little for the actual plot. There are all these battle scenes with Griffin and Kali and the monsters, and I honestly don’t know what they did for the story. Introduce more fantasy? Build Griffin and Kali’s relationship? I don’t know! It felt pretty dang pointless to me. So although there is always something happening, nothing is actually HAPPENING (in the broader sense of the plot, I mean). All the actual plot progress was squeezed into the beginning and the end, and it was mainly very predictable.
It was so predictable, in fact, that I kept expecting the heroine to finally clue in to what was happening. Sadly, she was a bit of a dunce (at least when it came to that) so I almost inevitably figured out things before she did and got irritated that she was so slow.
Heir to the Sky was extremely clean. No language, very minimal sexual content, no LGBT content, minor (and fictional) religious content.
Obviously, this wasn’t a favorite of mine, and although I didn’t hate it, I feel so meh about it that I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. So, I’ll give it 2 stars. Points for cool fantasy and a good original idea, though.
Ugh, Thursdays. I’m glad I save all my negativity for near the weekend. 😂
Hope your week is going well and happy reading!