Sky Song is an urban fantasy/sci fi book that took me by surprise with how much I enjoyed it. It’s unpredictable, fast flowing and gripping.
Series: Sky Song #1
on 12 Jan 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Sci Fi, YA
A strange-eyed boy with no memory of his true identity or real parents, Jacob could have no idea of the mortal danger he has been in every day of his fifteen years. Now that danger has found him and suddenly he doesn’t know who he can trust and what is real anymore. All he knows is that his new identity is almost as terrifying as the peril unleashing it has brought.
Caught in the universal power struggle of an ancient race of beings and a destiny demanded of him that he does not want, he must fight to protect his own life and everyone he holds dear.
But when the time comes, will he be strong enough to make the sacrifices that saving them will demand?
Jacob is an unusual boy; he has strange eyes that change colour depending on his moods and the weather. At the start of Sky Song, an unusual visitor appears in his bedroom one night and from there we are launched headlong into dangerous and unchartered territory.
I don’t read a lot of fantasy books so I am always a bit unsure when I start one if I’ll enjoy it or not. In this one, there is both a contemporary setting as well as the science fiction setting and this helped me to settle into this book. It’s fast paced but I never felt out of my depth, I was just intrigued as to what was happening and by what direction the book took.
I loved that this book was written by an English Author. I read a lot of YA but mostly American YA so it was nice to read something that feels very familiar. The expressions used, the settings and the foods they eat (chips and custard creams anyone?) placed this book very firmly on this side of the Atlantic.
Jacob and his 2 best friends Luca and Ellen are fun characters to spend time with and I really connected with all 3 of them. They have normal teenage troubles and strife’s to lend them authenticity.
Jacob is super intelligent with a photographic memory but clueless when it comes to girls. All 3 have a strong bond and their friendships feel real and natural. As you have 2 guys and 1 girl, there is a bit of a love triangle but not overly so. Luca is a bit of a rogue but a charming one and Ellen is assertive which is a female characteristic I love to see in YA.
I loved Jacob’s reaction on hearing about the world he is part of. He is overwhelmed and half unsure if he is going crazy or not. This is such a realistic reaction. I’m always a bit shocked in books when some characters take to their new reality like ducks to water, quacking away happily as if they never expected any different. If you tell a cat, forget all you ever knew, you are a duck. Wouldn’t you expect a bit of disbelief, uncertainty and confusion? And wouldn’t the other cats feel a bit freaked too when they see it heading off towards the water? Sky Song captures these feelings perfectly.
The language used in the book is descriptive and makes you feel like you are in the thick of the action. Sharon Sant weaves a strong story, each thread adding new depth and colour. The world building has left me with a lot of questions as we have just touched the surface of this world. I’m satisfied with the details of what I’ve seen so far but I can’t wait to explore it further in the second book in the trilogy – The Young Moon.
Who should read this book?
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and it has encouraged me to read more fantasy. I am highly recommending this one to all fantasy/science fiction YA fans. Even if you are not in this category, I suggest you give this one a shot, you could be pleasantly surprised like I was.
In the event of full disclosure, I want to let you know that I ‘know’ this author via twitter and Sharon has posted a guest post on this blog for me. However I purchased this book and as always my review is my honest and unbiased.