Black Sun

Black Sun

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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
1534437673
Branch Call Number: F Roanhorse
Characteristics: 454 pages ;,23 cm

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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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JasmineBlossoms
Dec 07, 2020

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!

LPL_LeahN Nov 29, 2020

Rebecca Roanhorse, an established and acclaimed writer of sci-fi and urban fantasy, has really hit her stride in Black Sun. Inspired by pre-Columbian Indigenous folklore, it has all the makings of the next big fantasy series. Effortless world building, complex and memorable characters, great queer representation, a plot that unfurls in a most satisfying way to an epic conclusion that left me yearning for book 2 of the Between Earth and Sky series.

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pgardow
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. Ugh...it's going to a be a WAIT for the sequel!

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