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Review: Heir to the Sky by Amanda Sun

heir-to-the-skyTitle: Heir to the Sky

Author: Amanda Sun

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: N/A

Publication Date: April 26, 2016

Format: Hardcover, 304 Pages

ISBN-10: 0373211910 (Harlequin Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-0373211913 (Harlequin Teen)

Reviewed by: Zed


As heir to a kingdom of floating continents, Kali has spent her life bound by limits: by her duties as a member of the royal family, by a forced betrothal to the son of a nobleman, and by the edge of the only world she’s ever known—a small island hovering above a monster-ridden earth, long since uninhabited by humans. She is the Eternal Flame of Hope for what’s left of mankind, the wick and the wax burning in service for her people, and for their revered Phoenix, whose magic keeps them aloft.

When Kali falls off the edge of her kingdom and miraculously survives, she is shocked to discover there are still humans on the earth. Determined to get home, Kali entrusts a rugged monster-hunter named Griffin to guide her across a world overrun by chimera, storm dragons, basilisks and other terrifying creatures. But the more time she spends on earth, the more dark truths she begins to uncover about her home in the sky, and the more resolute she is to start burning for herself.

Quick & Dirty: An Earth ridden with monsters and a sky inhabited by humans.

Opening Sentence: The rock bridge is the most dangerous part of the climb, and so I lower myself to my hands and knees to crawl along it.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Heir to the Sky is a unique dystopian about humans living on ‘floating continents’ (in the sky), whilst monsters have taken over the earth. The story is told from Kali’s perspective; heir to the Monarch and the sky. Basically, the Princess of the world. Although she lives her life according to her father’s wishes and for the benefit of her people, she doesn’t blame them but feels like a prisoner because she’s led down a path that’s not of her own choosing. But one day she falls out of the sky and into the world of the monsters.

“What do you choose?”
What do I choose? I’ve asked myself so many times, but the choice I’ve made has always been with others in mind-my father and his respect, my people. I’ve never been forced, but guided toward a path. And I chose it because I felt like I didn’t have any other choice, because I didn’t want to let anyone down. But looking into Griffin’s gleaming eyes, I know that I can choose for myself, without worrying yet about the consequences.

When Kali meets Griffin the blossoming romance is inevitable but I enjoyed how much he had to teach her and the weird and wonderful monsters they come across on their missions. I must admit that I found it difficult to connect Griffin’s monster hunting personality to his sweet and optimistic demeanor. He has killer instinct but he runs around Kali like a lost puppy, which was cute. For a while…

“You’re going to eat another monster?”
He hums cheerfully as he cuts into its belly. “He was going to eat me,” he says. It’s his answer for everything.

I found Kali’s naivety a leeeetle annoying. She’s about to rule the world but she doesn’t seem to question anything until it’s literally in front of her. She doesn’t even wonder whether there are any humans on earth until she falls down and is face to face with one! I’m no expert but a leader needs initiative and a quick mind, but it appears that Kali has neither. Eventually her survival skills kick in but it takes several close calls where Griffin ends up saving her first for that to happen.

And me, his heir? I’m the Eternal Flame that ignites the Phoenix, the hope for the future of our floating world. All of this symbolism is etched into my headdress. It’s no wonder it weighs so much.

The middle of the book dragged for a while when Kali is trying to get back to the sky, and it feels like her way back is to walk across the world but luckily the pace picks up towards the end. There were a few surprises in the latter part of Heir to the Sky but I found that the ‘villain’ was quite predictable. It was an okay-ish read but I’m not entirely sure whether I would continue with this series.

Notable Scene:

I’ve walked that edge a hundred times. I bitterly wish for a minute that I’d left him to fall off the edge himself, instead of me. But then hot guilt curls in my stomach. I wouldn’t wish this monster-ridden landscape on anyone.
I feel tears gathering in the corners of my eyes, so I blink them back and try to think rationally. Food first, water and shelter, and then self-pity.


FTC Advisory: Harlequin Teen provided me with a copy of Heir to the Sky. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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One Response to “Review: Heir to the Sky by Amanda Sun

  1. Faith @ Faith's BookspirationNo Gravatar

    I’ve seen this one around but I don’t think I’ll be picking it up. The concept sounds good but most people seem to just feel okayish about it.
    Great review!

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