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Black Wings Beating: The Skybound Saga, Book 1

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Intriguing, violent, dark fantasy about twins on bird quest.

Book Alex London Fantasy 2018
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Fans of dark fantasy will no doubt enjoy this intriguing series opener with its vast world and complex, believable characters. But a couple of weaknesses might keep Dark Wings Beating from holding the interest of readers who're new to the genre. First is the sense that world of bird-worship and falconry was created not because author Alex London has a real passion for birds himself but because it seemed like a safe choice that hasn't already been done to death. Plotting is another weakness, with events unfolding pretty much along expected lines.

The strengths of the book lie in the relatable teen protagonists and the evocative, often disturbing descriptions of action and vivid, atmospheric depictions of many of the settings. Teens will relate to Kylee and Bryce as they discover who they are, what they mean to each other, what they can do with themselves and for each other, and learn how to face an uncertain future. The story doesn't end here, and those readers who've enjoyed the journey so far will be eager to see what happens next.

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