In this thrilling sequel to Black Wings Beating, twins Kylee and Brysen are separated by the expanse of Uztar, but are preparing for the same war – or so they think.
Kylee is ensconsed in the Sky Castle, training with Mem Uku to master the Hollow Tongue and the Ghost Eagle. But political intrigue abounds and court drama seems to seep through the castle’s stones like blood from a broken feather. Meanwhile, Brysen is still in the Six Villages, preparing for an attack by the Kartami. The Villages have become Uztar’s first line of defense, and refugees are flooding in from the plains. But their arrival lays bare the villagers darkest instincts. As Brysen navigates the growing turmoil, he must also grapple with a newfound gift, a burgeoning crush on a mysterious boy, and a shocking betrayal.
The two will meet again on the battlefield, fighting the same war from different sides―or so they think. The Ghost Eagle has its own plans.
[I received a physical copy for an honest review]
“I go where you go”[…]
“Even to the end of the sky.”
Red Skies Falling is the second book I the Skybound series by Alex London. Since this is an ongoing story line, my review will be brief and spoiler free.
This next installment has separated the twins Kylee and Brysen. Kylee to train with the ghost eagle and master the words of the Hollow Tongue. Brysen stays behind to help their village prepare for the upcoming war. Given an opportunity to stop the war he accepts, even at the risk of his own life. When the battle begins and siblings are reunited, blood will be shed and result in an outcome they hadn’t anticipated.
Like the first book, Red Skies Falling, started out a bit slow for me, especially on Kylee’s ends of things. I wasn’t super invested with Kylee playing the politic field and trying to figure out who was trustworthy and who wasn’t. Bryson’s journey on the other hand was much more interesting to me. While yes, he continues to be impulsive, thinking with his emotions over his head and not taking others into account until after the fact, at least it was entertaining.
Thankfully, about a third of the way in is when thing starting picking up in my opinion and then never slowed down. Red Skies Falling has more blood, more violence, and more anger than what was present in the first book but still manages to have moments of hope and romance woven in. I am happy that it didn’t fall victim to middle book syndrome and turned out to be captivating and satisfying with a dynamite ending.