Hello Gemmies! I have an exciting book review to share with you today. Please note: I received a digital ARC of this book (via NetGalley) from its publisher in exchange for an honest and fair review.
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse is a fabulous new adult fantasy novel. This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2020, so I was so excited to receive this book to review. Man, I was not disappointed, Black Sun is so much more than I anticipated. Inspired by Pre-Columbian culture in the Americas, this novel felt like a breathe of fresh air in its uniqueness. It pulls you in from the very first chapter. Rebecca Roanhorse has created something truly spectacular.
Black Sun is an extraordinarily well written character driven story. The story unfolds from four different characters point of view. Let me say right upfront that I am Team Crow all the way! I absolutely loved Serapio's character. I found him to be endearing, likable, and completely relatable. I found myself rooting for him to succeed. I also like to be part mermaid in my downtime, so I really appreciated Xiala's character and all of her sauciness. And Xiala and Serapio together?!?!?! Be still my heart!
Black Sun also contains outstanding world building. I enjoyed the overall aesthetic, writing style, and the imagery depicted throughout Black Sun. The city of Tova and all of its different areas were practically a character all on their own. Each location provided glorious backdrops that helped to propel the story forward. I loved all the different rich cultures and details on their clothes, jewelry, and ceremonies. There is also a healthy dose of seafaring action to satisfy all water babies.
Black Sun is full of action and feels appropriately paced. It also contains everything I love about fantasy. Prophecies, revenge, destiny, magical creatures, morally grey characters, and a lush detailed world. But it ended way too soon for me!!! I want....no, I need more immediately. There is so much left undone, and I can not wait to revisit this world sometime soon.
If you are a fan of vengeful gods, blood magic, giant crows, half mermaids, and destiny, then go read this book. Published by Saga Press, Black Sun is set to release on October 13, 2020 and is available for pre-order from all major booksellers. I give Black Sun 5 out of 5 gems. I cannot wait to read more stories set in this universe. Happy Reading!