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Black Sun


Series
Between Earth and Sky

by
Rebecca Roanhorse

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Imprint
Gallery (Adult)
ISBN
9781534437678

Awards and Honors
2021 Alex Awards Winner
2021 Lambda Awards Finalist
2021 Nebula Awards Finalist
2021 Ignyte Award for Best Adult Novel Finalist
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Graphic Descriptions , Language: Strong Language , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes
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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.The People of the Meridian.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Graphic Descriptions , Language: Strong Language , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

464

Trim Size

9" x 6"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Mar 2021

Book Genres

Fantasy

Topics

Prophecy. Indian mythology. Solar eclipses. Voyages and travels. Native American and Aboriginal. Fantasy. Political intrigue. LGBTQ.

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Praise & Reviews

The Horn Book

The winter solstice is a time for celebration in the city of Tova. This year also brings a solar eclipse, an event foretold to unbalance the world. While the priests continue to prepare for the solstice, a ship begins its route to Tova. The ship's captain, a Teek named Xiala, is forced to attempt this dangerous voyage because of her heritage, as Teeks are rumored to be able to calm the seas and warp minds. That is not all a Teek can do, but even Xiala knows that her cargo, a young, blind man named Serapio, holds power beyond hers. Serapio understands his destiny, one he has prepared for since childhood, and neither the seas, nor the squabbling priests, nor the factions in Tova will stop him. Inspired by pre-Columbian societies, filled with lush details and intriguing personalities, this new series launch moves back and forth between Serapio's past and present circumstances, intertwining the lives of characters who will bring meaning to his purpose. VERDICT Roanhorse (Trail of Lightning) introduces an epic fantasy with vivid worldbuilding and exciting prose. Readers will be attracted to the story, in which there is no real right vs. wrong. Only inevitable change will draw out the heroes of this imaginative tale. [See Prepub Alert, 4/20/20.]-Kristi Chadwick, Massachusetts Lib. Syst., Northampton

Praise & Reviews

The Horn Book

The winter solstice is a time for celebration in the city of Tova. This year also brings a solar eclipse, an event foretold to unbalance the world. While the priests continue to prepare for the solstice, a ship begins its route to Tova. The ship's captain, a Teek named Xiala, is forced to attempt this dangerous voyage because of her heritage, as Teeks are rumored to be able to calm the seas and warp minds. That is not all a Teek can do, but even Xiala knows that her cargo, a young, blind man named Serapio, holds power beyond hers. Serapio understands his destiny, one he has prepared for since childhood, and neither the seas, nor the squabbling priests, nor the factions in Tova will stop him. Inspired by pre-Columbian societies, filled with lush details and intriguing personalities, this new series launch moves back and forth between Serapio's past and present circumstances, intertwining the lives of characters who will bring meaning to his purpose. VERDICT Roanhorse (Trail of Lightning) introduces an epic fantasy with vivid worldbuilding and exciting prose. Readers will be attracted to the story, in which there is no real right vs. wrong. Only inevitable change will draw out the heroes of this imaginative tale. [See Prepub Alert, 4/20/20.]-Kristi Chadwick, Massachusetts Lib. Syst., Northampton

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