fall of sky city

Title: Fall Of Sky City ( Devices of War Trilogy #1)
Author: SM Blooding
Publication Date: (2 edition )April 5, 2013

fall of sky city

Book Bio:

In a world governed by the opposing forces of the mystical House of Tarot and the tribal Great Families, Synn is caught in the crossfire. He witnesses the slaughter of innocent people, and the devastating murder of his father. This act awakens his Mark of power, a Mark greater than any the world has seen in a very long time.

 

Queen Nix thought she won a great prize when she destroyed Synn’s father, the leader of the strongest Great Families. She had no idea she’d be doubly blessed by capturing his son. However, before Synn can become her treasured weapon, before she can use him to bring the rest of the world to its knees, she must break him and bind his soul to hers.

 

She does her job with brutal brilliance. Synn’s mind is broken and his soul is seared to hers in an unbreakable bond. That doesn’t stop him from wanting to be free. She may have broken his mind and claimed his soul, but he will find a way to destroy her.

 

Experience a world of ships that sail the clouds and cites buried beneath the ocean, and survive the fiery battle brought forth by those who control the forces of nature!

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My Review

A phenomenal mix of steampunk, magic and adventure, Fall of Sky City is the first in a series that promises to be utterly amazing. It was an enjoyable and immersive read.

The story is told from the POV of Synn El Asim. whose life as he knew it, though far from perfect, is about to change drastically. The events serve to propel out main character into some major character development as he is captured, as he loses his father. as he comes into his powers when he receives his mark, as he is bonded to Queen Nix against his wishes and when he is able to make an escape. I felt like Synn’s character grew in leaps and bounds as did some of the supporting cast.

All of the characters. main and supporting, including protagonists and antagonists are reasonably well-developed, multi-faceted, memorable and real, especially the main character. I found myself becoming attached and well-acquainted with them so much so that I can easily recall their various idiosyncracies and get annoyed at one or the other for getting on my nerves with some action or statement typical of that character.

The world that the author has created in simply mind-blowing! It showcases a creativity that is to be admired. There are so many details about this world woven throughout the story that I never felt lost or confused. It is complex but the author divulged details in such a way, in the right amounts at the right time, that the reader is not overwhelmed. I love and appreciated the glossary of terms and seasons will really helped in further understanding the world. There are nations that live in the skies, others that make their homes on land and others under the seas. It’s such a richly imagined world; the creatures are awesome and every detail is attended to in the building of this world. I could easily imagine it so rich with colour and vibrant with life.

I love the idea of the mix of steampunk with elemental magic and theat the magic one has is revealed by their marks, I also like that the marks manifests as tattoo-like markings on the body. That sounds really cool.

The plot is well-paced with some slower moments necessary for world-building and character background and development.  The action sequences are well planned and executed  with enough excitement to set the heart pumping with. It is filled with twists and turns, revelations and discovery and the main character is put to the test in more ways than one which will in the end only make him stronger. I loved watching his progression.

I had a couple of problems with this though. I felt like Queen Nix is not as developed as some of the other characters. If she is to be the main antagonist, there should be more information about her and her motivations. There are a few glimpses into her former life but I felt hey werent sufficient and I hope to see that corrected in the sequel. Also Synn, though a well-developed character need to be more confident. I think for his power, he doesn’t believe in himself enough. Hopefully, that will change.

The Fall of Sky City is a  fantastical blend of steampunk, elemental magic, adventure and creatures the like of which I had never imagined, all in a world that is familiar yet different with mind-blowing action sequences and a steady plot. It left me eager to continue the series and I highly recommend it.

My Rating

4 1_2

READ AN EXCERPT:

fall of sky cityI watched the sail fill, the red flatworms attached to it fluttering like banners. The

hydrogen-filled air jelly’s harness constricted, dropping us even lower. The air jelly whipped

his electric tentacles around, clearly unhappy with being this close to the ground.

I didn’t have to be Marked to understand the air jelly’s discomfort.

The air jelly snatched one of the fluttering flatworms from the sail. The worm’s body changed from red to brilliant blue before disappearing beneath the hood of the jellyfish.

The El’Asim fleet dotted the horizon with over a hundred ships in every direction. It was a beautiful sight to see. They all had the same red sails and the falcon mastheads, though each masthead was slightly different. They were all roughly the same size. Some were heftier as they carried the cannons. Some were sleeker as they carried messages. Some were wider as they carried cargo.

They all carried families. This was where we lived. We grew up here. We died here. We had babies here.

Dear sky, babies. Father would want me to find a woman to marry this summer.

First things first. Get my Mark. Get my falcon. Grow a beard.

Smelling a gust of stagnant sea air, I turned.

A giant jellyfish dwarfed us. We call them letharan, and my mother’s people had built a city within its tentacles.

Jellyfish were very versatile. When they were young and small, they emitted a hydrogen gas that we could use to keep our airships afloat. Those of us who were able to bond to falcons could speak to the smaller air jellies. Each ship would keep an air jelly for a few months to a year and then trade him out for a new one. They didn’t complain much. We kept them fed and protected. We just had to ensure we weren’t killed by their deadly toxin.

That’s what the blue dragons were for, little slime-like creatures that soaked up the air jellies’ deadly toxin and excreted something that wouldn’t kill us. Immediately.

The air jelly’s predator was the sky cat. I’d never seen one, but I’d heard of them. They were massive and lived in the clouds.

I was pretty sure that was a story. There was no way a cat could live in the clouds unless they had ships and cats didn’t fly ships.

Once an air jelly grew to about the size of our ship, they had to remain closer to water.

And when they were big enough, people would build cities within their tentacles.

Strangest, weirdest thing I’d ever seen. It didn’t make sense.

My mother’s people, the Ino, was one of the tribes that lived within the tentacles of a lethara, as the older, bigger jellyfish were called. The dried sea-flax floor planks were tied to their thick truck-like tentacles. I’d seen one lethara actually move the floor along his trunks before, but I’d been ten at the time, so I might have been seeing things.

Letharan are capable of living below or above the ocean. When winter hit and the oceans froze, this jellyfish had become trapped, His tentacles were buried in ice at least a kilometre thick. The citizens had been displaced and were living on the mountainous wasteland of frozen waves far, far below.

A substantial portion of the beast’s body rose above the frozen waves, including his massive medusa, or hood. I’ve been around letharan my entire life, but Ino City still gave me a feeling of awe. We could keep at least twenty of our ships hidden beneath his hood with ease. He was immense.

AUTHOR BIO

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SM Blooding lives in Colorado with Mr. Dork, his two adorable daughters, Miss Wordsy-Words and Do-It!, and Tesla, the Ninja Kitty. She has almost trained Mr. Dork in turning off lights, and is enjoying the role of Wicked Step-Mother, probably, a little too much. When she’s not bossing the kids around, she’s writing, working with other artists, and being a pillow for the cat.

She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers, US Government assassins, and slingshot welding terrorists. Yes. She has stories.

She’s also an investigator with a

local paranormal investigation group, Colorado Paranormal Rescue!

Find out more about at: www.smblooding.co

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