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Sky's End: Above the Black, Book 1

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Gory monster battles in the sky; great characters, too.

Sky's End book cover: A cloaked character, harpoon strapped to their back, stands facing a mammoth serpentine creature that's wound around a mist-enshrouded mountain

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Get ready for some flying monster battles on a truly ridiculous scale mixed with friendship, betrayal, and fierce rivalries. At first glance this story screams BOY BOOK in all the old-school ways. The gorgantaun monsters are truly terrifyingly massive and the battles are deliciously gory. Plus Conrad, the main character, is angry, wants no friends, and just wants to be the very best to prove himself. His future greatness and seeing his sister again are all he thinks about. But wait. Even if you don't swoon when someone takes a bazooka to a metal-plated beast the size of three blue whales, there's a lot more substance to Sky's End.

Conrad really grows as a character, because he has to. If he doesn't trust at least some of his shipmates during the Gauntlet training contest, he's toast. And holy gorgantaun, do things go horribly wrong among the crew. Conrad's on a ship with his fiercest rival, Pound, a beast in his own right. There are deaths, near-deaths, betrayals, shifting alliances, and mutinies on board. Lucky for Conrad, you can only mutiny once a week. It's a lot of fascinating drama outside the battles that will draw in a wider range of readers. Also fascinating is what we learn about the floating islands and the origins of the gorgantauns. They're exciting revelations, and build a solid foundation for a stellar debut fantasy series.

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