Black Sun

hardcover, 464 pages

Published Oct. 13, 2020 by Gallery / Saga Press.

ISBN:
9781534437678

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4 stars (18 reviews)

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 …

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reviewed Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Captivating story, engaging writing

5 stars

The character and world building in this book is phenomenal. I love that the author based a fantasy world on indigenous central american cultures and not medieval England (yawn).

I always appreciate a book that's got quality LGBTQ+ characters (both in terms of sexual attraction as well as gender identification).

The book got pretty intense and violent in parts, which is why I'm rating it 4 stars. Readers who don't mind that sort of stuff might appreciate it as a 5 star book. I'm not kidding when I say that the story and characters are really well done.

I finished this book last night and am excited to start the sequel tonight!

Richtig gute, epische Story

4 stars

… Punktabzug für das Cliffhanger-Ende. Dachte die Geschichte sei abgeschlossen, aber das „Ende“ ist kein so semi offenes, sondern richtig offen. Nunja, muss ich wohl auch das Sequel, „Fever Star“ hören. Was mich auch störte an dem nicht abgeschlossen Ende: Es fühlte sich an, als hätte die Autorin sich nicht getraut, bei manchen Charakteren eine Entscheidung zu treffen. Aber wir werden sehen, ich hoffe, dass ich falsch liege. :)

Was die Story angeht: Schönes Fantasy Setting wenn mich auch der arg symmetrische Aufbau (es gibt etwa genau 4 Clans und passend Stadtviertel und so) etwas irkt und zu sehr an Sentai Serien erinnert. Schön, dass queere Charaktere vorkommen und Neopronomen nicht hinterfragt werden. Nicht so toll fand ich, dass die meisten Protagonist_innen Auserwähle oder Royals sind, was mich immer sehr anöded. Ich erlebe lieber Geschichten von 0815 working class Charakteren und ohne Magie (jdf dann wenn nur Auserwählte diese nutzen …

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4 stars

Listened to this over a weekend where I REALLY needed to escape, it was fun and engaging and I definitely got really wrapped up in the world. I didn't know very much going into it but I'd read another short story by this author that I really liked and I saw it recommend a bunch / nominated for hugo, etc. I thought the setting was extremely sick and want to learn more about how the author built the world. Lots of fantasy elements which is unfortunately not totally my jam, but I enjoyed it a lot nonetheless.

Review of 'Black Sun' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

Well, well, well, so here we are once again, with me writing a review that takes a contrary position from nearly everyone else who read this.

I’ve actually been procrastinating my review of Black Sun for this exact reason, because I really wanted to love this book—and at first I did. On the surface, it seems like it should be an automatic win: an interesting, new take on the fantasy genre that, as countless others before me have observed, draws on nontraditional, non-Eurocentric sources, contains a greater number of important, strong female characters than is typical of fantasy novels, and includes more modern characterization (non-binary characters don’t even raise an eyebrow, for example).

So with this as the foundation, we should be on our way to a completely fresh take on the fantasy genre, right? Well, sadly, no. Instead, nearly all of the standard fantasy tropes make an appearance, which …

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