Black Sun

Black Sun

Book - 2020
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"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: London ;, New York :, Saga Press,, 2020
Edition: First Saga Press hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781534437678
Branch Call Number: F Roanhorse
Characteristics: 454 pages ;,23 cm


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Nov 17, 2020

"And Grandfather Crow said to First Woman, tell me your stories so that I might know who you are and what you value."

I have no words. Thankfully, Rebecca Roanhorse, author of Black Sun, was filled with brilliant words and concepts when she created what I believe to be the best epic fantasy of the year.

WCL_Rosie Nov 10, 2020

Black Sun is a stunning fantasy inspired by pre-contact Mesoamerica. Roanhorse has created a complex world that is revealed by three characters as they converge on the holy city of Tova. An upcoming solar eclipse is set to interrupt a winter solstice ceremony and certain factions within the city are at a tipping point.

Sun-priests, giant crows, mutiny at sea, and intensely compelling characters make Black Sun an innovative high fantasy unlike any other. Fans of N.K. Jemisin will appreciate the diverse cast and unique world building in the first book of the new Between Earth and Sky trilogy.

WPL_Jaclyn Nov 02, 2020

This is how to write a first chapter! Roanhorse kicks off Black Sun with an compelling beginning that immerses readers in a deeply imaginative world inspired by Pre-Columbian history. Featuring several distinctive characters, Roanhorse propels readers towards something called the Convergence. For fantasy fans that love being immersed in world building.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Nov 02, 2020

Fantasy with a world inspired by pre-Columbian civilizations. Really, really, excellent world building. Tough, nuanced characters. Matter-of-fact LGBTQ+ representation. Oh, and a cliff hanger ending.'s going to a be a WAIT for the sequel!

Aug 11, 2020

(I was given an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.)

A tight, intricately plotted book with a fully realized world and compelling characters. BLACK SUN should be considered a masterclass in fantasy writing and take a space next to the greats of the genre.


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