December 02, 2021

#BookReview: The Endless Skies by @spricewrites

Synopsis: High above the sea, floats the pristine city of the Heliana. Home to winged-lion shapeshifters―the Leonodai―and protected from the world of humans by an elite group of warriors, the Heliana has only known peace.

After years of brutal training, seventeen-year-old Rowan is ready to prove her loyalty to the city and her people to become one of the Leonodai warriors. But before Rowan can take the oath, a deadly disease strikes the city’s children. Soon the warriors―including two of Rowan’s closest friends―are sent on a dangerous mission to find a fabled panacea deep within enemy lands.

Left behind, Rowan learns a devastating truth that could compromise the mission and the fate of the Heliana itself. She must make a decision: stay with the city and become a warrior like she always dreamed, or risk her future in an attempt to save everyone she loves. Whatever Rowan decides, she has to do it fast, because time is running out, and peace can only last so long...


Rating: 4 Stars
My Review:  I think this story would have done better as a series.  Or at least two books as it felt that a lot of the story was being left out.  I did still enjoy it but overall it just felt like it was missing some information that should have been there.  If you are looking for a simple fantasy stand alone check this one out. 

From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up—In this standout fantasy, the world is divided into the realm inhabited by humans and the realm shared by the four magical races of Vyrinterra. After a genocidal attack by the humans, the first king and queen of Leonodai used magic to raise their city of Heliana into the air to protect it from human aggression. The Leonodai are a warrior race of shape-shifting winged lions who defend the magical races, with a strict hierarchy and a creed of loyalty above all. Rowan is a Leonodai warrior-elect who has been training to join the warriors for years and only has one more night before her dream finally comes true. Rowan's sister, Shirene, is recently promoted from a sentinel warrior to the position of King's Voice, while Rowan's childhood friend, Callen, another warrior, is coming to terms with an unexpected romantic development. Using multiple points of view, the story centers on the reaction of the Leonodai to a mysterious human disease that has started to kill the young in Heliana. As the story develops, Leonodai leadership decisions of the past impact the present while Price weaves the effect human technological ingenuity has on societies. As the death count rises among the Leonodai children, the tension builds as the Leonodai search for a cure while the humans attempt to overwhelm the magical realm. While relationships are at the core of this novel, Price has created an enthralling world that keeps readers engaged from the first page. Most human characters are coded as white and male. VERDICT A wonderful read recommended for all fantasy fans, especially those who enjoy the works of Julie Kagawa, Leigh Bardugo, and Cassandra Clare.—Susan Catlett, Green Run H.S., Virginia Beach


“Price creates a brilliant and unique world that you won’t want to leave, filled with achingly real characters and heart-wrenching decisions. An unforgettable and adrenaline filled ride from start to finish.”―Alexandra Overy, author of These Feathered Flames

“In this standout fantasy, Price has created an enthralling world that keeps readers engaged from the first page. . . . A wonderful read recommended for all fantasy fans, especially those who enjoy the works of Julie Kagawa, Leigh Bardugo, and ­Cassandra Clare.”―School Library Journal 

Full of thrilling action, adventure, secrets, and a few surprising twists . . . The writing evokes a constant feeling of desperate last hope, which adds to the suspense . . . A thrilling and fast-paced adventure.”―Kirkus Reviews

A gripping adventure filled with surprising twists and heart, The Endless Skies captivated from beginning to end.”―KayLynn Flanders, author of Shielded

The Endless Skies deftly combines all the hallmarks of classic YA with the best of epic fantasy. The result is a perfect blend of sweetly tangled romance and realistic friendship dynamics in an action-packed story with a magical world rich in myth and legend. Fans of fantastical creatures and fast-paced adventures will fly though this.”―Nicki Pau Preto, author of the Crown of Feathers trilogy

“With themes of friendship, family, and loyalty at its core, The Endless Skies is a heartfelt adventure story that looks at the way learned hatred can fester in people, and the strength to be found in community, all against the backdrop of a harrowing race against time. This soaring fantasy is perfect for fans of Sky in the Deep and Wonder Woman.”―Kalyn Josephson, author of The Storm Crow

“Unique world-building, a fast-paced plot, and lion-hearted warrior characters combine to make The Endless Skies a fresh twist in the classic epic fantasy genre. You’ll fly right through it.”―Sarah Henning, author of The Princess Will Save You and Sea Witch


“Brutal and beautiful, A THOUSAND FIRES broke my heart. A fast-paced tragedy of love, betrayal, and vengeance.” ―Heidi Heilig, author of FOR A MUSE OF FIRE

A Thousand Fires pulls you in close and shows you the essence of what it means to keep fighting. Shannon Price is one to watch.” ―Gwenda Bond, New York Times bestselling author of Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds

“Modern, unflinching and filled with haunting, lingering imagery, A Thousand Fires gives the story of the Iliad the bare-knuckled update it deserves.” ―Colleen Oakes, author of The Black Coats

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