Black sun

Rebecca Roanhorse

Book - 2020

"A god will return when the earth and sky converge under the black sun in the holy city of Tova... The winter solstice is usually a time for celebration and renewal, but this year it coincides with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial event proscribed by the Sun Priest as an unbalancing of the world. Meanwhile, a ship launches from a distant city bound for Tova and set to arrive on the solstice. The captain of the ship, Xiala, is a disgraced Teek whose song can calm the waters around her as ea...sily as it can warp a man's mind. Her ship carries one passenger. Described as harmless, the passenger, Serapio, is a young man, blind, scarred, and cloaked in destiny. As Xiala well knows, when a man is described as harmless, he usually ends up being a villain. Crafted with unforgettable characters, Rebecca Roanhorse has created an epic adventure exploring the decadence of power amidst the weight of history and the struggle of individuals swimming against the confines of society and their broken pasts in the most original series debut of the decade"--Provided by publisher.

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Series
Roanhorse, Rebecca. Between earth and sky ; 1.
Subjects
Genres
Fantasy fiction
Alternative histories (Fiction)
Magic realist fiction
Published
London ; New York : Saga Press 2020.
Edition
First Saga Press hardcover edition
Language
English
Item Description
Maps on lining papers.
Physical Description
454 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN
9781534437685
9781534437678
1534437673
Main Author
Rebecca Roanhorse (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

In a world inspired by the culture, legends, and religions of Central and South America, Roanhorse (Storm of Locusts, 2019) weaves together the stories and destinies of a complex cast of characters. Serapio, scarred by his mother at the age of twelve as tribute to and vessel for the Crow God, voyages toward a legendary homeland. The ship's captain, Xiala, is one of the few who are not immediately afraid of Serapio, perhaps due to her own secrets and the magic her people control through song. Naranpa, oracle and Sunpriest in the land they approach, dreams of reforming a calcified institution and serving her people. All must deal with political intrigue and physical danger, and the upcoming chaos of the convergence, and what all of this means for the holy city of Tova and the centuries-long peace, is truly unpredictable. A must read for fans of N.K. Jemisin's epic fantasy and those who love George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series but want more diverse worlds. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

The winter solstice is usually cause for celebration in the holy city of Tova, but this year it coincides with a solar eclipse, which bodes ill. Now a ship is heading toward Tola with a single, seemingly harmless passenger—and who knows what will happen. From a Nebula, Hugo, Sturgeon, and Campbell finalist; with a 75,000-copy first printing. Copyright 2020 Library Journal.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

The winter solstice is a time for celebration in the city of Tova. This year also brings a solar eclipse, an event foretold to unbalance the world. While the priests continue to prepare for the solstice, a ship begins its route to Tova. The ship's captain, a Teek named Xiala, is forced to attempt this dangerous voyage because of her heritage, as Teeks are rumored to be able to calm the seas and warp minds. That is not all a Teek can do, but even Xiala knows that her cargo, a young, blind man named Serapio, holds power beyond hers. Serapio understands his destiny, one he has prepared for since childhood, and neither the seas, nor the squabbling priests, nor the factions in Tova will stop him. Inspired by pre-Columbian societies, filled with lush details and intriguing personalities, this new series launch moves back and forth between Serapio's past and present circumstances, intertwining the lives of characters who will bring meaning to his purpose. VERDICT Roanhorse (Trail of Lightning) introduces an epic fantasy with vivid worldbuilding and exciting prose. Readers will be attracted to the story, in which there is no real right vs. wrong. Only inevitable change will draw out the heroes of this imaginative tale. [See Prepub Alert, 4/20/20.]—Kristi Chadwick, Massachusetts Lib. Syst., Northampton Copyright 2020 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

The opening of Hugo- and Nebula Award–winner Roanhorse's Between Earth and Sky series draws inspiration from the indigenous cultures of North and Central America to deliver a razor-sharp examination of politics, generational trauma, and the path to redemption. Sun Priest Naranpa, the highest religious authority in the holy city of Tova, faces prejudice for her low birth despite her high rank, and her radical desire for her priests to be more accessible to Tova's people makes her an object of resentment. Meanwhile, in the Obregi Mountains, a young boy named Serapio, raised to become the vessel of the god Grandfather Crow and take revenge for the Night of Knives, a massacre committed against his people, sets out to fulfill his destiny. Sea captain Xiala, a Treek who commands powerful sea-born magic, may be her own worst enemy of many, but she proves a welcome friend to Serapio as he voyages across the sea to avenge his people by ending the Sun Priest's reign. All three formidable characters are on a collision course that keeps the pages flying. Roanhorse (the Sixth World series) strikes a perfect balance between powerful worldbuilding and rich thematic exploration as the protagonists struggle against their fates. Fantasy fans will be wowed. Agent: Sara Megibow, KT Literary. (Oct.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Xiala, a disgraced Teek who can calm waters or cause madness with her song, arrives and disrupts the holy city of Tova during the winter solstice in the first novel of a new trilogy. Original. 75,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is usually a time for celebration...but this year it coincides with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial event proscribed by the Sun Priest as an unbalancing of the world. Meanwhile, a ship launches from a distant city...set to arrive on the solstice. The captain of the ship, Xiala, is a disgraced Teek whose song can calm the waters around her...Her ship carries one passenger...Serapio, is a young man, blind, scarred, and cloaked in destiny"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

From the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Resistance Reborn comes the “engrossing and vibrant” (Tochi Onyebuchi, author of Riot Baby) first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and woven into a tale of celestial prophecies, political intrigue, and forbidden magic.A god will returnWhen the earth and sky convergeUnder the black sunIn the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is usually a time for celebration and renewal, but this year it coincides with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial even proscribed by the Sun Priest as an unbalancing of the world.Meanwhile, a ship launches from a distant city bound for Tova and set to arrive on the solstice. The captain of the ship, Xiala, is a disgraced Teek whose song can calm the waters around her as easily as it can warp a man’s mind. Her ship carries one passenger. Described as harmless, the passenger, Serapio is a young man, blind, scarred, and cloaked in destiny. As Xiala well knows, when a man is described as harmless, he usually ends up being a villain.Crafted with unforgettable characters, Rebecca Roanhorse has created a “brilliant world that shows the full panoply of human grace and depravity” (Ken Liu, award-winning author of The Grace of Kings). This epic adventure explores the decadence of power amidst the weight of history and the struggle of individuals swimming against the confines of society and their broken pasts in this “absolutely tremendous” (S.A. Chakraborty, nationally bestselling author of The City of Brass) and most original series debut of the decade.