Title: Blinding Sky (The Journeyers’ Tale #2)
Author: John Brage
Publication Date: Nov 29, 2015
I received a copy from the author for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion in any way.
The sequel to The Protocols of Uma, Blinding Sky continues the story of the Journeyers as they attempt to unravel the puzzle of the ancient Protocols and their authors, the mysterious Directors. The exiles struggle to survive the menace of the Hek only to discover fantastic truths about the world beyond their former island home. Min wrestles with visions of doom, striving to understand how they are connected to the fate of the Umae. The Journeyers find vital information about the location of Haven, but is there enough time to save their people? And a dark shadow spreads across Atla, as Dom begins his ascension. Will his rise render all other concerns meaningless? Blinding Sky offers long-sought answers to questions raised in The Protocols of Uma, yet asks new questions all its own.
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Blinding Sky starts off with things heating up and its pace never slows down. There was no lack of intrigue and suspense, waiting to see how it all played out. Whereas its predecessor had some slower moments for world building and whatnot, Blinding Sky picked up where it left off in the midst of all the suspicious happenings and the questions I had were certainly cleared up. Finally, we get to ‘meet’ the Hek and gradually get to see how they fit into the whole scheme of things. We learn a bit more about the Chroniclers and Journeyers and the Umae in general. The ‘protocols’ are also revealed somewhat and it is far from what I had imagined them to be and has left me with some other questions.
The alien presence served for angst and suspense as its agenda is carried out with a cunning brutality and I loved those bits. There were a lot of twists and unexpected turn of events which added to my overall enjoyment. Min and Max were my favourites and Dom shows his true colours and what he has planned is a revelation sure to send chills up your spine. I was rooting for Min especially because he had to pull on his last reserves of strength and wits to try to outsmart the alien presence; after all the fate of the Umae and the Hek rests almost solely in his hands.
I liked the different perspectives too. At first it seems so unrelated and a bit jarring jumping back and forth, but they all come together nicely in the end. It was also a fairly quick read and I would recommend reading the first book in the series first as this just follows on from that one. Whereas the first book felt more character driven, this the sequel feels more plot driven and so I felt somewhat detached from all but one character.
The plot is full of suspense and surprises and I can honestly say I enjoyed this better than the first book. There was a lot going on which made for a very enjoyable, page-turning read. The author really stepped up his game in this. The stakes are high and the characters, both protagonists and antagonists are motivated to reach their opposing ends.
Fast-paced, intriguing and fun with developed and memorable main characters, cunning antagonists and nail-biting moments, Blinding Sky was an imaginative and satisfying sci-fi sequel which ended with a total whammy that I didn’t see coming. Brilliant!
About The Author
After earning a B.A. in History during college, John went on to attend law school at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has a strong interest in the “wheels of history” and in how different systems of government work (or don’t). This is reflected in his writing. Science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction are his favorite genres to write in as the only limit they impose are the boundaries of his imagination.