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Ignite the Sun

Ignite the Sun

Escrito por Hanna Howard

Ignite the Sun

Escrito por Hanna Howard

4/5 (4 avaliações)
8 horas
Lançado em:
Aug 18, 2020


Once upon a time, there was something called the sun … In a kingdom ruled by a witch, the sun is just part of a legend about Light-filled days of old. But now Siria Nightingale is headed to the heart of the darkness to try and restore the Light—or lose everything trying.

Sixteen-year-old Siria Nightingale has never seen the sun. That’s because Queen Iyzabel shrouded the kingdom in shadow upon her ascent to the throne, with claims it would protect her subjects from the dangerous Light.

The Darkness has always left Siria uneasy, and part of her still longs for the stories of the Light-filled days she once listened to alongside her best friend Linden, told in secret by Linden’s grandfather. But Siria’s need to please her strict and demanding parents means embracing the dark and heading to the royal city—the very center of Queen Izybel’s power—for a chance at a coveted placement at court. And what Siria discovers at the Choosing Ball sends her on a quest toward the last vestiges of Light, alongside a ragtag group of rebels who could help her restore the sun … or doom the kingdom to shadow forever.

Ignite the Sun is:

  • A YA fantasy adventure that is exciting and unique, right down to its metallic book cover
  • An allegorical exploration of the struggle with anxiety and depression
  • Perfect for readers 13 and up
Lançado em:
Aug 18, 2020

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  • (3/5)
    **Thank you NetGalley & Blink for allowing me to review this audiobook**

    Narrator: McKenzie Fetters

    For a debut novel, I liked it. There were a couple things that I didn't care for or could live with because I knew it was a debut. There were certainly some themes that I found which I may have fully enjoyed had I read this a decade or so ago, but nonetheless make this story flow a little better. There is that lack of parental love and of belonging, there's also the childhood love, which at times is so adorable and at others just too much. And of course there is the evil villain who happened to just be selfish and wanted all the magic for herself.

    All Siria wants is to do and be everything her parents and society asked of her. She goes to Queen Iyzabel's ball under the assumption that she may be considered to be the Queen's chosen one, and actually is, just not in the way she'd hoped. Because of this, Siria is now on the run with Linden, Yarrow & Merrell and eventually Elegy throughout Terra-Volat. They are all very different from each other, not just in age but also in ability of magic. I did wish that they were more developed, and I did get the feeling that the author tried with the Queen but not until the very end and even then it seemed rushed.

    Siria undergoes a series of personal growths: harnessing her powers, her self-confidence, etc. These growths are seen throughout the book after the ball incident. She starts with some bombshells provided by Linden and Yarrow. As the story progresses, Siria discovers important "pieces" that help her figure out who she is.

    The thing that I really enjoyed was twhen Yarrow explains how magic works to Siria. IT'S GOLD!!

    There weren't enough descriptions of the scenery for my taste, but I feel like that was meant to be intentional, since the Royal City of Umbraz is meant to be dark, but it somehow still lacked. Don't get me wrong, the author does give descriptions of the Royal City of Umbraz and of the boarding school, but it was just when something was happening. As Siria and the others mover further north, the descriptions of the scenery change to give it a more "light" feature (I mean dark vs. light..). The same goes for the writing style. I liked how it flowed, it was well paced, but I did find myself having blank moments, I wasn't fully pulled into the story. I don't know if this was just because I listened to it rather than reading it (and I actually liked the narration!).

    I have mixed feeling about this book. I liked it, I did enjoy the narration, but it just wasn't enough.description

    ⇥ Over All Rating: 3.3 rounded down to 3 ⇤

    **For full review, please visit my GoodReads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3519917288?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1 **
  • (4/5)
    Once upon a time there was something called the sun…

    In the Kingdom of Terra-Volat, ruled by an evil witch, the citizens have not seen the sun in 16 years. Siria longs to please her distant parents and to be chosen by Queen Iyzabel and move to the Royal City. Siria's whole life is thrown upside down during the choosing ball when unimaginable truths come to light.

    I can't believe how quickly I read this book. I could not put it down. Almost straight away we were thrown into the action and the pace never seemed to slow. The chapters were short and I found myself breezing through the pages.

    I loved the world building and I was honesty not expecting the mythical creatures that entered this world. I loved getting to know all the different species and their unique gifts.

    It was pleasantly surprising to see such a diverse group of main characters. Unlike your usualy YA fantasy with a group of teenagers coming to the rescue, the story follows a child, two teenages, a woman and an old man, all of varying species. While it takes time for some of these characters to warm up to one another they soon form a strong bond formed on bravery and mutual respect.

    While I do love the tropes of the lost orphaned princess turned chosen one it was fresh to see that Siria waa not destined to take the throne, but instead the Crown Prince had grown up in secret, preparing for the return of his sister and the return of the sun.

    While I strongly enjoyed this book, there are a few things that stopped me from giving it 5 stars.

    While the action and suspense started early in the book, we never actually got to see any of it. Everytime things got tough and arrows start flying Siria suddenly passes out or is magically sent away to safety. She always walked away relatively unharmed. This really dulled the story and I almost found myself loosing interest.

    I also wasn't the biggest fan of the romance. I didn't feel any sort of connection with these characters and really was not invested in their relation.

    While this was a great debut novel, there is plenty of room for the author to grow and I can't wait to read what she writes next. All in all I rather enjoyed this story and I recommend it you enjoy stories of mythical creatures and quests to save the world!

    I received a free eARC from Netgalley in return for an honest review.