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Black Sun

Black Sun

Book - 2020 | First Saga Press hardcover edition
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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Saga Press, 2020
Edition: First Saga Press hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781534437678
1534437673
Branch Call Number: F ROANH-R
Characteristics: 454 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm

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becker
Apr 23, 2021

Great world building. I look forward to the next one in the series.

JessicaGma Apr 20, 2021

I thought this would be a one off type of fantasy book but I feel it's a set-up for more in this alternative Mesoamerican setting (as otherwise, that's a strange ending!). The setting is well done and does ask good questions about fate versus destiny, especially when you have new and old gods....I do hope there are more in the series as it's pretty unique.

AshleyF2008 Mar 29, 2021

Too often books are forced to work doubly hard to tell a story and present a message because there is a lack in the publishing world they need to fill. "Black Sun" did not bother too hard with the message. Meaning, the author wrote characters who were, for instance, of a third gender without spending precious time explaining that. It was completely normal to the characters enough so that it did not warrant explaining.

I did not like the different perspectives evenly, however, and I think there were a few characters whose perspectives weren't as necessary as others. I wanted more of certain characters and less of others, basically. Overall, worth a read.

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misterwisp
Mar 25, 2021

I wanted it to be good, and it is good! The setting is strong, and the character work is believable and compelling. It's a mix of character driven with occasional action, so the character arcs being well done is satisfying.
It is great the setting is not a pseudo-medieval Europe. It feels uniquely epic and added to the experience in a fun way. I kinda want to read more about pre-columbian cultures in North America now. I think this setting can easily support a lot more storytelling. In terms of magic it's more of a "low magic" setting in that magic/supernatural forces clearly exist but not in a common everyday sort of way.
The characters feel quite real, even the ones with magic stuff going on. I like how grounded their stories are, for me there was a real sense that these are just people doing their best in their respective situations and trying overcome their various flaws. The storytelling happens across three main chapter points of view, with an occasional fourth.
It's quite dark and violent at times but not overwhelmingly so. I don't think it fits into the "grimdark" category.
I'm excited to read the sequel. It's worth giving this one a try. There is a lot to like.

JasmineS_KCMO Mar 22, 2021

First, I must mention the cover, that is what originally sold me on this book. It's so simple, yet breath taking. The color contrast...OMG! It just interprets the book so well. From the very beginning to the end, I was captivated. Rebecca Roanhorse does an amazing job transporting readers to the pre-Columbian Americas era. The representation in this book is so necessary. A cast containing POC who identify as gay, non-binary and everything in between? Uh yes please! A sea captain who has a deep connection with the sea that even some of her crew admire/fear her for. Sign me up! I am now a forever fan of Rebecca Roanhorse. The Between Earth and Sky trilogy shall defiantly have a place on my bookshelf. Can’t wait for the sequel!

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bjlongo60
Mar 18, 2021

Loved it!!! Also, can't wait for the next installment!!

DPLjennyp Jan 04, 2021

Excellent story and storytelling, can't wait for the next book in this series.

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plattsla
Jan 02, 2021

Gritty fantasy with unforgettable characters, indigenous influence and mesmerizing prose.

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Wako
Dec 30, 2020

Roanhorse skillfully weaves together a world inspired by pre-Columbian American cultures and traditions, in this first novel in a new epic fantasy series. The book presents the reader with strong characters, a world that feels lived in but not overly complex, and a gathering of protagonists that are neither clearly good or evil, right or wrong. The story is fairly straightforward to follow, with some intrigue, but the tale mostly revolves around a chronological countdown to an upcoming solar eclipse and the climatic events that follow, with some backstory thrown in to flesh out characters and the world. Overall, some characters are more engaging than others, and the world feels fresh yet real; this is a good first entry in a new series that is sure to draw a following as the series continues.

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kmcdouall
Dec 21, 2020

Rebecca Roanhorse began her writing career only a couple years ago, but with this ambitious work of high fantasy, she has earned her place as one of the finest writers in the genre. Fueling the storyline with mythological elements from ancient indigenous American cultures, Roanhorse delivers a fast-paced adventure tale of political intrigue with strong female protagonists and rich cultures. She writes with a mastery that already seems fully developed, and I look forward to spending more time in her worlds--starting with the next two volumes of this planned trilogy.

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