Series: The Keeper Chronicles #2
Written by: Becky Wallace
Published: March 22, 2006 by Margaret K. McElderry (Simon & Schuster)
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Synopsis: Johanna and Rafi are in a race against time to save their country before a power-mad Keeper destroys everything they hold dear in the “enthralling magical world” (Cinda Williams Chima, author of The Heir Chronicles) introduced in The Storyspinner.
As the last of the royal line, Johanna is the only person who can heal a magical breach in the wall that separates her kingdom of Santarem from the land of the Keepers, legendary men and women who wield elemental magic. The barrier protects Santarem from those Keepers who might try to take power over mere humans…Keepers who are determined to stop Johanna and seize the wall’s power for themselves.
And they’re not the only ones. As the duchys of Santarem descend into war over the throne, Johanna relies more than ever on the advice of her handsome companion, Lord Rafael DeSilva. But Rafi is a duke too, and his people come first. As their friendship progresses into the beginnings of a tender relationship, Johanna must wonder: is Rafi looking out for her happiness, or does he want the throne for himself?
With war on the horizon, Johanna and Rafi dodge treacherous dukes and Keeper assassins as they race to through the countryside, determined to strengthen the wall before it’s too late…even if it means sacrificing their happiness for the sake of their world.
*** I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This fact has not changed my opinion. ***
Excuse me while I attempt to rein in my emotions because I absolutely loved this series. It is the perfect duology and such a creative YA fantasy. The Storyspinner was one of my favorite books of 2015 and I was not disappointed by it's sequel. The Skylighter was a brilliant read and an epic conclusion.
One of the most brilliant things about this book is the world. I was enthralled by the world in the first book and here it was even better. It's such a complex world that feels familiar and creative at the same time. After reading the first book I learned that it was inspired by Portuguese culture and I love the way that Becky took those inspirations and combined them with traditional fantasy tropes to make something compelling and unique. It once again felt fresh and interesting. In this book we get to explore the world even more and on a deeper level learn more about the history of the world and the magic. I really enjoy the magical system here and it was really great to see it more. It's a psuedo-elemental magic and with the high stakes of this book there was a lot more magic. It was so amazing to see the elemental magic in affect and that really added to the thrilling conclusion.
The reason that there were so many different storylines that all kind of resolved at the same time is because there were lots different perspectives to this book. I'm not usually a fan of books that had multiple perspectives but here it works so well. They each added something different to the story and it flowed so well. Yes, sometimes it was frustrating to leave a character right in the think of the action but I would very quickly fall back into the story of whoever was picking up the narrative. And it helped show different corners of the world where things were happening that ended up affecting the larger plot of the story. I think the multiple perspectives really added to the story and made for a more well-rounded story.
On the whole, The Skylighter is a fantastic and thrilling read. This was a brilliant duology from start to finish and it ended so well. It's such a fantasy YA fantasy with a creative and compelling world, complex and likable characters, and a thrilling plot that will keep you guessing. And oh wow, is this book filled with drama. Drama and feels. I had so many feels during this book. I'm a crier, I often cry while reading, and this book had me bursting into tears at numerous times. But then when it was all over I was left with not only a great feeling of satisfaction but also a serious book hangover.
I give The Skylighter by Becky Wallace 9.5 out of 10 stars
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