In this thrilling sequel to Black Wings Beating, twins Kylee and Brysen are separated by the expanse of Uztar, but are preparing for the same war – or so they think.
Kylee is ensconsed in the Sky Castle, training with Mem Uku to master the Hollow Tongue and the Ghost Eagle. But political intrigue abounds and court drama seems to seep through the castle’s stones like blood from a broken feather. Meanwhile, Brysen is still in the Six Villages, preparing for an attack by the Kartami. The Villages have become Uztar’s first line of defense, and refugees are flooding in from the plains. But their arrival lays bare the villagers darkest instincts. As Brysen navigates the growing turmoil, he must also grapple with a newfound gift, a burgeoning crush on a mysterious boy, and a shocking betrayal.
The two will meet again on the battlefield, fighting the same war from different sides―or so they think. The Ghost Eagle has its own plans.
Red Skies Falling is an action-packed story that follows the same characters from the first book. I listened to the audiobook and enjoyed the narrators. They did a great job telling this story and filling it with emotion and suspense in all the right places.
Kylee has been training at the Sky Castle, but she doesn’t want to be. She’s only there to keep her family and her village safe. It’s clear right from the start of this story that Kylee is in over her head. The politics of the Sky Castle were interesting. They were complex, but still easy to follow. There were several different groups all trying to gain power. London didn’t pull any punches putting these characters through the most.
Brysen is back at home, trying to prepare his people for the war that is coming for them. He is worried for his family and the rest of his village, but he’s also still healing from the betrayal of his boyfriend and figuring out his feelings about the boy who came back to the village from the mountains. I liked Brysen more in this book than I did in the first. He’s grown and it’s obvious.
Overall, this book gave me all the feelings. London managed to tear my heart out and give me hope for their futures at the same time. I’m very excited to read the third and final book in this series. My library doesn’t have the audiobook so I’m going to see if I can find the ebook from my library. I liked that this book focused a bit less on the birds. They were still a part of the story, obviously, but it was mostly because of Kylee’s training with the Ghost Eagle and Brysen’s love for his own birds. There was less worldbuilding because we’re familiar with it all already and it was done well enough in the first book that there was little to be added, aside from the politics of the Sky Castle, and the few chapters we get from the enemy’s point of view. I think fantasy lovers will enjoy this series for sure.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.