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July 26, 2019

Shatter The Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells ~ a Review

by MK French

Maren just wants a quiet life with her girlfriend Kaia in the kingdom of Zefed. The Aurati seers visit different districts to do a population count, leave prophecies for the future, and sometimes take girls to become part of their ranks. Kaia is abducted by agents of the emperor and forced to join them. To save her, Maren wants to steal one of the emperor's dragons and storm the stronghold. In order to do that, she has to become an apprentice to the dragon trainer, which then leaves her privy to a host of secrets she was unprepared to learn.

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July 2019; Simon & Schuster; 978-1534437906
audio, ebook, print (304 pages); YA, fantasy
With the opening chapter, we meet Kaia and Maren in their element just before the Aurati visit. That kicks off this story, which proceeds as most fantasy stories do. Our heroine just wants her girlfriend back, and willing to break with tradition in order to do it. She has to learn a host of skills along the way, make allies, and push herself past what she thought she would be able to do. As Maren learns more about the Aurati and the cliquish ways they interact, so do we. She has dreams that serve as a way of linking her to Kaia, who is always on her mind. For the reader, that deepens the mystery surrounding the Aurati and the urgency to find her.

Maren goes through a lot over the course of the novel, and it changes her. Kaia is different as well, and a lot of what we thought we knew about the Aurati over the course of the novel is different by the ending. Sometimes getting what you wanted isn't what you dreamed it would be, but that doesn't mean it's wrong. Prophecies can be interpreted in different ways, after all, and I hope that this is the start of a series. I can't wait to see what happens next.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and golden retriever.

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  1. dragon? I love them. sounds like this was good for you and i hope there is more to come
    sherry @ fundinmental

  2. I really hope so, it's got really great world building. :)