Review: Sky Breaker by Addie Thorley

Sky Breaker by Addie Thorley

Sky Breaker (Night Spinner #2)
Addie Thorley
Page Street Kids
Published May 4, 2021

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About Sky Breaker

Enebish has been deceived by everyone she once considered a friend. On the run across the tundra, her only allies are her best friend Serik and a band of ill-tempered shepherds. Her only hope of bringing peace to Ashkar is to unite the people of the Protected Territories and make a stand against the tyrannical Sky King and the hostile nation of Zemya. But that’s easier said than done. As supplies dwindle, the shepherds become far more desperate for food than freedom.

Meanwhile, Zemyan forces have stormed the Ashkarian capital. Imperial Army Commander Ghoa throws all of her power into a last-ditch effort to save her king, only to be abandoned by her fellow warriors. Held captive in a prison forged of magic and tortured by the zealous sorcerer Kartok, Ghoa learns his true ambitions lie far beyond the warring countries—he wants vengeance on the gods themselves.

The war between Ashkar and Zemya began centuries ago as a feud amongst the gods. Now it’s up to the two most hated people on the continent—the monstrous outcast, Enebish, and the notorious war criminal, Ghoa—to heal that spiritual divide before Kartok brings the skies crashing down on all of them.

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My Review

After reading and enjoying the first book in this duology, NIGHT SPINNER, I knew I wanted to read this book. I love that in it we get both Enebish and Ghoa’s points of view. I liked following both of them and seeing how their stories wove together in the end.

One of the things I struggled with, though, was that the first 150 pages or so are kind of bleak. Enebish is frustrated and resistant. Ghoa is bitter and angry. While their feelings were understandable, it left me feeling like the story dragged and I had a hard time pushing past that.

Sometime around that 150 or 200 page mark, though, things began to shift. Enebish began to see things differently, to see how she needed to change. And Ghoa began to have goals that didn’t involve murdering everyone on sight. That’s where, for me, the story started to build a lot of power and draw me in.

Those early chapters do serve a purpose– we needed to know that Enebish and Ghoa both are resisting changes that they need to embrace, and that though they don’t see the consequences as fair (and sometimes they’re not truly fair, but understandable), we see the consequences as fair. I guess I just found myself wondering if that could have been done effectively in fewer pages.

One of the things I loved about SKY BREAKER, though, is that it’s a faith-positive story. Enebish believes devoutly in the Lady and the Father, a goddess and god team who created everything and bestowed magic on her people. Two characters previously skeptical of her faith eventually come to celebrate their own faith, too.

I also loved that the core relationship that the story revolves around is the relationship between Enebish and Ghoa, whom En thinks of as her sister. While there is a side romance in in the story, it’s this relationship, especially in the second half of the book, that takes center stage. I loved that.

On the whole, I enjoyed reading the book, and I really enjoyed the relationships and faith-positive storytelling. I think readers who enjoyed GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson will want to check out this duology.

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Content Notes

Recommended for Ages 14 up.

Representation
Enebish and Serik are described as having bronze skin. Characters from Zemya are pale-skinned with white-blond hair.

Profanity/Crude Language Content
Curses include things like, “Skies.”

Romance/Sexual Content
Kissing between boy and girl.

Spiritual Content
Enebish believes in and prays to the Lady and the Father, a goddess and god team. People from Zemya believe in Lady and the Father’s daughter Zemya. There’s a long-standing quarrel between Zemya and her parents. The story as a whole is really faith-positive and celebrates faith.

Violent Content
Some scenes show physical and mental torture. Multiple scenes show battles with injuries. Some brief but graphic descriptions.

Drug Content
One person appears to have a medication that heals but also binds that person to him through magic.

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I'm a mama, reader, and writer. Passionate about peppermint (it's not just for Christmas, okay?!), fly fishing, and movie night.

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