Shatter the Sky

Shatter the Sky

Raised among the ruins of a conquered mountain nation, Maren dreams only of sharing a quiet life with her girlfriend Kaia—until the day Kaia is abducted by the Aurati, prophetic agents of the emperor, and forced to join their ranks. Desperate to save her, Maren hatches a plan to steal one of the emperor’s coveted dragons and storm the Aurati stronghold.If Maren...

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Title:Shatter the Sky
Author:Rebecca Kim Wells
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Shatter the Sky Reviews

  • Mackenzi

    Everything is beautiful and nothing hurts.

  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓

    This book starts with a really great premise, a QPOC girl who decides to go save her girlfriend and undertakes a journey in a very interesting fantasy world with dragons that can bond to humans.

    I thought the execution was okay for a

    This book starts with a really great premise, a QPOC girl who decides to go save her girlfriend and undertakes a journey in a very interesting fantasy world with dragons that can bond to humans.

    I thought the execution was okay for a debut, but if you've read a lot of fantasy books this will read a little too generic. The protagonist, Maren, is on a deadline to save her girlfriend, and yet we conveniently forget about the time issue for the time that it takes Maren to learn useful skills and important bits of worldbuilding and forge new friendships and relationships. Then time is suddenly relevant again and everything has to move forward rather fast. So, overall the pacing doesn't usually bother me and it didn't here, but it was definitely something I noticed. Some things were also very predictable, and all the foreshadowing was very obviously foreshadowing from the moment you read it and not 100 pages later when it actually became relevant. This is all just nitpicking and it's just something you notice if you've read a lot of books, like I said.

    Probably my favorite part of the whole book was the dragon egg that reminded me so much of The Dragon Prince, one of my favorite shows. It was really cute.

    Maren is a bi girl in an already established relationship with a girl, that will be the reason for her whole quest. And here comes the part of this review that I dread to write, because it's impossible for me not to mention it but as a bi girl I am aware of all the nuance in this.

    , there's a boy and Maren is like, immediately attracted to him. While still in a relationship with Kaia, her girlfriend. Think of it as you like, I personally was annoyed at this aspect of the story. There are other ways to show bisexual attraction without involving actual emotional cheating (and I use this term because it was more than just, "oh he's so hot."). Does it happen IRL? Of course. But maybe it's not great in general and especially when the bisexual character is the one doing it. In any case I was mostly able to overlook it and pin it to the writer's inexperience, I just want to warn other bisexual readers that this is something that happens.

    I think the worldbuilding was interesting and it has a lot of potential for the rest of the series, if you can overlook some of the more debut-y aspects. I'm going to keep an eye out for the next installment if I remember, but even just a few weeks after reading it I don't remember enough about this to really crave the sequel.

  • Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer

    I didn't know anything about Shatter the Sky except that it was about a queer girl in love with her girlfriend. And DRAGONS! Yes, I'm a dragon fan and am always down to learn dragon lore interpreted by a new author.

    Shatter the Sky is a neat title especially for a dragon book, even though I'm not sure the story lived up to the name. And the cover is quite ho-hum as well. I do find the colors incredibly pretty and it makes for a great Instagram photo, but it doesn't reWriter...The

    I didn't know anything about Shatter the Sky except that it was about a queer girl in love with her girlfriend. And DRAGONS! Yes, I'm a dragon fan and am always down to learn dragon lore interpreted by a new author.

    Shatter the Sky is a neat title especially for a dragon book, even though I'm not sure the story lived up to the name. And the cover is quite ho-hum as well. I do find the colors incredibly pretty and it makes for a great Instagram photo, but it doesn't really say anything about the story. It kind of says everything about the problems in Shatter the Sky...

    Shatter the Sky puts forth this idea of a F/F romance so powerful that a girl who would rather never leave her remote village is propelled down the mountain and into the world in order to save her. And the method of saving? Yes, a dragon!! And I liked Maia. She is your typical fiery and capable girl who is beloved by all who know her and you totally get why Maren loves her so. At first I really liked the contrast of Maren to her passionate lover. Her soft and homebody personality is quite different from what we normally read in YA fantasy. While it was really obvious what would happen (the premise tells a bit too much) I was excited to start from this beginning.

    And once we get to the fortress some neat stuff happens. Especially anything connected to the dragons I pretty much enjoyed. But GAHHHH Maren became such a drag in Shatter the Sky. Either she went about doing basic stuff with less than no personality or she suddenly had all the answers and got out of the fix she was in. It made for very uneven enjoyment as I felt jerked back and forth in and out of the story. I ended up thinking way too much about the story instead of being IN the story. Maren ended up just doing whatever was needed to further the plot without any connection to an actual personality, set of skills, or ability to think.

    It's very odd. If you told me what was going to happen in Shatter the Sky I'd say... that sounds like a book I want to read!! But when I read it I wasn't offended but I wasn't impressed at all. Everything was quite predictable from page 1 and that never let up all the way to the last page.

    After I got through the setup at about 35% I was happy to finally meet someone interesting in Shatter the Sky. That person is Neve! I loved her. I could have read an entire book where Maren was her apprentice and went through the entire process to take up that position legitimately. Give her Maia's personality and Maren's ability to think on her feet and I would have been sold. I think I felt this way because FINALLY something happened that captured my interest. I wasn't just reading to finish the book.

    Then we meet Sev. I like Sev TBH. I knew who he was right away, but that was fine. I wanted to know what his role would be and I enjoyed that part of the story. He has a neat role that I wish we could have seen through a dual POV. We could have skipped much of Maren's dull traveling (when we switched POVs) with meeting Sev. Also having his POV of Maren would have helped immensely to improve how I saw her. Maren isn't a very self assured person to begin with so it was a struggle to see what Sev saw except to assume she's a special snowflake. (Which basically we were told she was from the very beginning and everything turns out just as I assumed.)

    Anyway it was odd when Maren started to have sexual feelings for Sev! They didn't even interact that much when she suddenly was overwhelmed with lust. It was really quite odd. Especially when she's in this passionate F/F relationship. (Which was a little sick because it sounded like Maren idolized Maia more than she loved her.) And yet Maren was never uncertain about her desire to "save" Maia. Not that it ever felt like Maia needed saving. If Maia was the person she appeared to be in the beginning of Shatter the Sky then she'd have been fine. Either way she'd have become Aurati and have been able to fulfill her personal dream.

    I know I make Shatter the Sky sound dismal! It really isn't that bad... The love interests are a bit messed up yes, the beginning slow and the conflict too easily resolved but there’s a core I enjoyed at the heart of Shatter the Sky. I loved the idea of the Aromatory and the Aurati ... They are both totally matriarchal and powerful. I loved the dragons (best part so I won't ruin it by raving about details) and with their bigger part to play in the next book I can see myself being curious about what happens next.

    If I could use only one word to describe Shatter the Sky I'd say it's a soft story. Soft. Nothing is strong or impactful but its breezy and easy with things like dragons, ghosts and apprentices that I enjoy. The end is fun and the relationships are messy. You could find must worst ways to spend an afternoon...

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    ⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ World Building

    B+ Cover & Title grade

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  • Nenia ☠️ Hecka Wicked ☠️ Campbell

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    YES.

    I'm happy to say that this book mostly lived up to the hype. It had some problems, but not with the execution of the premise and more with nitpicky things that bothered me as a reader of the fantasy genre. And honestly? That's a good sign. Because if I liked the book enough to be able to focus on the more genre-specific errors, that means that it was a pretty darn good book.

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    YES.

    I'm happy to say that this book mostly lived up to the hype. It had some problems, but not with the execution of the premise and more with nitpicky things that bothered me as a reader of the fantasy genre. And honestly? That's a good sign. Because if I liked the book enough to be able to focus on the more genre-specific errors, that means that it was a pretty darn good book.

    A while back, I read

    which was my first foray into F/F YA, and some people seemed to read that review and have their takeaway be that I didn't like F/F books (false), and not that I didn't like F/F books that were bad (true). SHATTER THE SKY is the

    F/F book that I've been looking for. It's written in a delightfully retro way that reminds me of Tamora Pierce and Mercedes Lackey novels, filled with strong women and medieval worlds

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    Let me say that again for you people sitting in the back:

    👏 LGBT+ 👏 and 👏 women 👏 aren't 👏 inherently 👏 suppressed 👏 in 👏 this 👏 society👏

    I get that some people want to use fantasy as a vehicle for exploring institutional bigotry, but when it's the status quo in

    fantasy novels, it gets exhausting. SHATTER THE SKY shatters that trope and has, from what I've read so far, LGBT+ people 100% accepted as normal by these societies, and women appear to be equal to men, except for the fact that the oracle-type characters take female tithes from villages (which some require as an honor or a curse, depending). But I'm okay with that.

    The book begins with Maren and Kaia sharing a moment together before this big ceremony. Kaia wants to leave their village and Maren wants to stay, but their separation ends up being expedited by Kaia being taken away by the Aurati (seer-type people). Maren is devastated, but rather than sitting around and moping Bella Swan-style, she gets up and does something about it: she leaves the village and goes to the next city over where they raise dragons, planning on seizing a dragon and then laying waste to the people who stole her love from her in the first place (the Aurat).

    The reason this book only gets three stars is because the world-building isn't as great as it could be. I was still confused about the smell magic and how it worked, and would have liked to see more scenes going into depth about it, like books like POISON STUDY and

    did. I also wish there were more scenes with the dragons and those who bonded with and trained them, and what happened to the dragons that went mad in the oubliettes. The whole premise of this book kind of reminded me of a less successful version of Mercedes Lackey's

    , which is probably one of my favorite books about dragons

    . It is so good, and if you haven't read it, you really, really should.

    That said, I think SHATTER THE SKY has a lot of potential and even if this series doesn't work out for me (I am curious to see where it goes from here, as it is sequel-baiting like crazy and you can't just end a book series like this without some sort of revolution), I would read more of this author's work as I really like her style and how it pays homage to the female greats of the 1990s. If you're a fan of Tamora Pierce and Mercedes Lackey and are tired of misogynistic, heteronormative fantasy novels written with the straight male gaze in mind, you would do well to pick up this book!

    3 to 3.5 stars

  • Lea ♞ That_Bookdragon

    I am

    to say that I didn't like this book. It sounded so good and amazing but unfortunately I just couldn't and wanted to DNF it but it is a short book so I decided to continue reading it, my mistake. First, it did not feel like a YA book but more like a Middle Grade one. I didn't like the writing at all.

    When I say that I'm sad for not enjoying this book, you have to trust me. It has dragons, queer characters (the MC is bisexual, we'll come back to that later), rebellion and DRAGONS

    I am

    to say that I didn't like this book. It sounded so good and amazing but unfortunately I just couldn't and wanted to DNF it but it is a short book so I decided to continue reading it, my mistake. First, it did not feel like a YA book but more like a Middle Grade one. I didn't like the writing at all.

    When I say that I'm sad for not enjoying this book, you have to trust me. It has dragons, queer characters (the MC is bisexual, we'll come back to that later), rebellion and DRAGONS

    First of all, I would like to say that the pacing in this book was very confusing and I looked like this the entire time:

    I was just so confused because everything went really fast and then it slowed down but it was still fast so yeah I don't know what to say. This world could have been interesting, truly it has potential but I don't know, I just didn't really care about it. The plot was actually quite generic and didn't fit what this book was sold as. I mean, I was told I would get a badass girl riding on top of a dragon to save her girlfriend but I don't feel like this is what I got at all. Maren was kind of a Mary-Sue, not gonna lie. She knows nothing of life but knows everything at the same time and is the smartest in the room

    . Her character arc was nonexistent and oh GOD the bi rep. Girl. No. Please.

    Can we please stop having bi characters fall in love with everyone that flirts

    with them? That's not how it works, thanks for coming to my TED talk. The characters in general acted very weird with each other to be very honest.

    The only part I enjoyed was when the dragons were here. I'm a sucker for dragons GIVE US MORE DRAGONS, BOOK WORLD

    So to conclude, this was really not a book for me and I'm so sad about it because it looked

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  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    being gay is about stealing a dragon to save your girlfriend from a corrupt empire

  • Chelsea

    girl steals a dragon to save her kidnapped girlfriend

    2019

    *sliding the author my life savings under the table* spring 2018

  • anna (readingpeaches)

    you had me at

    and then you added

    :o

  • el

    put “her girlfriend” and “dragon” in the same sentence and that’s it. that’s it you got me

  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

    sapphic girls and dragons???

    uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh????

    this was written with me, specifically, in mind so just go ahead and jot that down

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