Today I’m excited to bring you my review & favorite quotes from THE ENDLESS SKIES, as part of the TBR and Beyond Tours blog & Instagram tour–make sure to check out the other stops on the tour!
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High above the sea, floats the pristine city of the Heliana. Home to winged-lion shapeshifters―the Leonodai―and protected from the world of humans by an elite group of warriors, the Heliana has only known peace. After years of brutal training, seventeen-year-old Rowan is ready to prove her loyalty to the city and her people to become one of the Leonodai warriors. But before Rowan can take the oath, a deadly disease strikes the city’s children. Soon the warriors―including two of Rowan’s closest friends―are sent on a dangerous mission to find a fabled panacea deep within enemy lands. Left behind, Rowan learns a devastating truth that could compromise the mission and the fate of the Heliana itself. She must make a decision: stay with the city and become a warrior like she always dreamed, or risk her future in an attempt to save everyone she loves. Whatever Rowan decides, she has to do it fast, because time is running out, and peace can only last so long…
Shannon Price believes in good bread, good wine, and good books. She lives in California where she dreams of one day living in a house by the sea.
My Review & Favorite Quotes
THE ENDLESS SKIES was an entertaining and engaging YA Fantasy standalone with interesting world-building, an intriguing magic system, and compelling characters. I loved the premise at the very start of the book — how cool are shapeshifting winged lions — and the beginning pull of the book carried me along for a fun ride with our three main characters.
“If obedience was the only thing that mattered, you might not ever become the best warrior…but what makes you a great warrior is knowing where to draw your lines and how you act on them.”As I said, Rowan had the most compelling POV for me, and I really enjoyed her character development as she struggled to be the kind of warrior she *wanted* to be, and her refusal to contradict her beliefs to simply do as she was told without questioning it.
I love books with multiple points of view, so that was an aspect I really enjoyed in THE ENDLESS SKIES. I liked how the different perspectives showed different experiences and interactions in the same world, but I found Rowan’s POV the most engaging and I was always excited for her chapters. I thought Rowan had an interesting story to tell, and though I was most invested in her, I think the other characters did add to the story at times.
“I can fight with all manner of weapons, but Ox is relentless with words.”Though I won’t say anything about the conclusion of the love triangle — all the interactions bring a bit of fun to the character dynamics!
While there is a romance (if you’re looking for a love triangle you’ll find one!), I found myself more invested in the world-building and action of the story — which was totally enough to carry the book for me. I think anyone who’s a YA Fantasy fan and is looking for unique world should pick this one up! THE ENDLESS SKIES was a great filled with memorable world-building, a few great twists, and a beautiful story about what values drive us and belief in hope.
My Rating: 3.5 Stars