As mentioned in my previous post, this year I’m trying to focus on reading newer book releases alongside finishing series that have been on my TBR for a while. It’s a interesting juggling act!
Today I’m reviewing Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse, which was released by Rebellion Publishing on the 21st of January. Many thanks to Rebellion Publishing for sending me this eproof to review!
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.
Not 100% sure what to think of this. I enjoyed the world building and the story behind it, the characters were interesting but the story felt pretty political which I lost interest in places. FYI – there’s also alot of blood and gore which is not really my thing…
Star Rating – 3 Stars
I’ve realised that I’m preferring to read Science Fiction/Fantasy books during this time, something about escaping to another world for a little while and Black Sun is certainly another world.
As mentioned in my Netgalley review, I wasn’t entirely sure how I felt about the book. The world building was amazing and the characters and their backstories were interesting and I wanted to learn more but the story felt a bit political in places (fight for dominance and undermining of leaders) and I lost interest in places.
BUT that’s only in certain parts of the story as the book followers the narrative of 3 characters – 1 is more political as a leader, one is on a quest and the other is a ships captain who is involved in the whole thing without knowing exactly what’s going on.
It’s a really interesting story full of magic and mystic, with a major cliff-hanger at the end, but FYI there’s a lot of blood, gore and harm so if that’s not your thing, then please do be aware before giving this a read!
As always, let me know in the comments below if you’ve read the book and what you thought of it. And if you haven’t, will you be adding it to your TBR this month?