Title: Heir To The Sky
Author: Amanda Sun
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Publication date: April 26, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Summary from Goodreads:
As heir to a kingdom of floating continents, Kali has spent her life bound by limits—by her duties as a member of the royal family, by a forced betrothal to the son of a nobleman, and by the edge of the only world she’s ever known—a small island hovering above a monster-ridden earth, long since uninhabited by humans. She is the Eternal Flame of Hope for what’s left of mankind, the wick and the wax burning in service for her people, and for their revered Phoenix, whose magic keeps them aloft.
When Kali falls off the edge of her kingdom and miraculously survives, she is shocked to discover there are still humans on the earth. Determined to get home, Kali entrusts a rugged monster-hunter named Griffin to guide her across a world overrun by chimera, storm dragons, basilisks, and other terrifying beasts. But the more time she spends on earth, the more dark truths she begins to uncover about her home in the sky, and the more resolute she is to start burning for herself.
You guys, writing is hard! Especially when writing a YA book and coming up with an original theme with original characters in a saturated market. This has been my mindset lately, and I’ve been less inclined to try new authors or stories because…writing’s hard! It was with this reluctance and sense of duty that I picked up Heir To The Sky. Monsters, mechanical islands, girls falling from the sky – there’s potential here. It’s a sweet story. I thought the romance was sweet, and the hero was sweet, and Kali just wants to save her people. And I thought it was sweet that the book seems to be a stand-alone. Nothings graphic and it’s very clean. If you’re looking for sweetness, and a quick fantasy read with little depth, pick this one up.
In a book with exciting elements Heir lacked real compelling movement. The story moved, but the trajectory of the story felt like it was moving to a conclusion no matter what the characters did. The antagonist is missing for most of the story and was really weak in the end.
Would I let my teen read this book?
Heir To The Sky is appropriate for teens and young readers. It’s content is clean and the characters are admirable.
Heir also asks some interesting questions about spirituality and humanity: Is there a difference between gods and monsters? When your god fails you (or betrays you), what is left? Will humanity always rise from the ashes of destruction?
Age recommendation: 12
Language – none
Drugs & Alcohol – none
Sex – One modest kiss
Violence – Human’s vs. Monsters – mostly monsters killed and gutted (not very scary descriptions)
My Goodreads rating: 2 out of 5 stars
I read a lot. I'm a Mom. I'm officially in my 30s, but strangers often don't believe I'm old enough to drink. I love Young Adult fiction, and thought it was worthwhile to help teens and adults find age-appropriate options.