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Review: Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse

Summary from Goodreads:

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.


I have always wanted to check out Trail of Lightening by Rebecca Roanhorse and now after checking out her 2020 release, Black Sun, I will be reading to soon!

I won an ARC of Black Sun, which was a Goodreads Awards nominee in 2020. I have not been in a fantasy mood this year (I mainly read thrillers lol) but I wanted to check out this adult fantasy novel because of the hype.

It took me a while to read this one because of the expansive world Rebecca Roanhorse created. I took my time getting to know the new world Tova, and the various well-written characters you come to love within the series.

I tend to not be a fan of a novel having too many points of view but it worked in Black Sun. I found every single point of view interesting as we followed vastly different characters that all came together by the end.

My favorite aspect of the novel was how well-done the world-building and character crafting was. It felt like I was transported to a new world.

I recommend checking out this well-written fantasy novel. It was a great read and I can’t wait to check out more from Rebecca Roanhorse.


5 Stars Out of 5 Stars.


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