I’m back with another review! As mentioned previously, it is Hispanic Heritage Month and actually I didn’t read this book for that reason, rather, it was a book I was supposed to read in August for a book club I’m in but didn’t get around to it until the beginning of September (read about the book that caused it here).
I’ve heard a little about this book. It got great reviews on booktube and so I was a bit intrigued. I honestly had high hopes for it because I needed something that was better than the book that I had just finished reading. It truly did not disappoint I can tell you that. Black Sun is written by Rebecca Roanhoarse, who is Half black-Half Spanish Indian. It is a Fantasy book with political and religious undertones. There’s lots of magic and mermaids! I love mermaids (my favorite Disney movie is The Little Mermaid)!
Want to know what I truly thought of it? Read on!
The first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and woven into a tale of celestial prophecies, political intrigue, and forbidden magic. A god will return/When the earth and sky converge/Under the black sun. In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is usually a time for celebration and renewal, but this year it coincides with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial event proscribed by the Sun Priest as an unbalancing of the world. Meanwhile, a ship launches from a distant city bound for Tova and set to arrive on the solstice. The captain of the ship, Xiala, is a disgraced Teek whose song can calm the waters around her as easily as it can warp a man’s mind. Her ship carries one passenger. Described as harmless, the passenger, Serapio, is a young man, blind, scarred, and cloaked in destiny. As Xiala well knows, when a man is described as harmless, he usually ends up being a villain.
This was fantastic! I just love Serapio and Xiala. They were legit my favorite characters. Serapio was just so lovable and Xiala was such a badass plus….she’s a mermaid!!!! I love mermaids. I know people are supposed to be afraid of him (Serapio) but…his life…I saw him as honorable and a young boy who hasn’t had a say in his life yet when it came to doing things thats really difficult, he was willing to do it. The fact they clearly they came from different walks of life however they had similarities, like knowing what it’s like to be misunderstood. They were just easy to fall in love with.
This book has some badass women and I appreciate that. From women in the highest position of power (Sky Made Priest) to a ship captain who knew how to keep men in their places to a business owner who clientele consisted of mostly men. The women in this book weren’t weaklings. They could take on any man who stepped out of line. They owned who they were and it was honestly empowering. I felt proud to read a book full of women who knew they were the ish.
I didn’t really care for Naranpa. She wasn’t a bad character but I felt more invested with the stories of Xiala, Okoa, and Serapio. Naranpa came from a poor background who was giving a high rank due to someone believing in her yet she had to put up with people who didn’t value her and that’s pretty difficult to do. Okoa was really cool! He was like my third favorite character in the book even though, we don’t really hear from him as much as my top two faves. He has to step into a role he didn’t really want but will do for the sake of family honor. I have a feeling that they are all connected by some way and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.
I give this book a 4.5/5. This is fantastic and I highly recommend it! To be honest, I wouldn’t be surprised if this ended up being a film series. I can’t wait to read book 2. This was a great book 1 to a series.
What book should I read next? What book are you enjoying? I’d love to read about them in the comments.