Book review ~ A light in the sky, Shina Reynolds

A light in the sky
Author : Shina Reynolds
Genre : Fantasy
Pages : 420
Publisher : Wink Road Press
Release date : 9th November 2021

Seventeen-year-old Aluma Banks has always dreamed of soaring freely through the skies astride a powerful winged steed of her own. But flying is a privilege granted only to the Riders of the king’s Empyrean Cavalry, the aerial warriors who defend the borders of their land from the fallen Kingdom of Laithlann.

Each year, Rider hopefuls across Eirelannia compete in the Autumn Tournament for the honor of joining the Cavalry. Aluma, trained to ride and fight by her retired Empyrean Rider father, knows she has what it takes to prove herself worthy—if only her father hadn’t forbidden her from joining their ranks, in the hope of protecting his only daughter from the perils of war. To make matters worse, Thayer, Aluma’s best friend who could be becoming something more, is competing—and if he wins, he’ll leave her behind.

When Aluma’s father is tragically injured just before the Tournament, she finds herself unexpectedly thrust into this year’s competition. But as Aluma begins to pursue her dreams, she learns devastating secrets about the king and his never-ending war with Laithlann. In her quest for the truth, Aluma discovers a power deep within herself that may be the only way to save Eirelannia and the people she loves from the darkness that threatens to consume them all.

This is a perfect YA fantasy for the lovers of the genre. After her dad was badly injured in was she believes to be a royal conspiracy, Aluma, the main character, sets on a quest to discover what is really happening there. Also, did I mention she has a flying horse? Well now I did.

Overall, the plot is pretty basic, but it’s well executed. I liked that even though it’s clearly a fantasy novel, we have huge hints in the book that show it’s actually a dystopian wolrd, with mentions of boats, and cars which have become rare, and available only to the riches. This little detail made me enjoy the book more than I initally was. I would have loved to know more about this. Or maybe I’m totally wrong and she only took inspiration of cars and boat for the transportation of the rich!

Second, the conspiracy is a little cliché and predictable, but I still enjoyed following Aluma and her allies in the search of a way to free her father, and make sure the king can’t set his evil plan in motion. Add some flying horses to this, and a bit of competition in the beginning, and it makes for a pretty cool adventurous read. There is a lot of action, and it was nice to be kept moving throughout the novel.

Thayer, Aluma’s love interest, and the Scalers, who live across the border, and are depicted as villains by the kingdom were my favorite characters. They have interesting backstories, and make a good contrast with Aluma, whom I could absolutely not stand. Maybe it’s because she’s so reckless, or too vindictive for my liking, but I had trouble not rolling my eyes at many of her reactions. She kind of fell victim to the cliché side of the story. Still, she had awesome sidekicks, including her horse, and following her adventures was fantastic!

It is a great fantasy, that may be a bit cliché, but still well written, and the ability to captivate the reader until the very end!

That’s it for today!
Thanks for reading me !
See you soon,
Jade ❤

3 thoughts on “Book review ~ A light in the sky, Shina Reynolds

  1. Great review! I’ve been helping an eye out for this one but wasn’t totally sure I’d love it precisely because I thought it might a bit cliche and fall into familiar patterns. Still, sounds like it’s worth a read ☺️

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