Review – A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir

Title A Sky Beyond the Storm

Author Sabaa Tahir

Description

Picking up just a few months after A Reaper at the Gates left off…

The long-imprisoned jinn are on the attack, wreaking bloody havoc in villages and cities alike. But for the Nightbringer, vengeance on his human foes is just the beginning.

By his side, Commandant Keris Veturia declares herself Empress, and calls for the heads of any and all who defy her rule. At the top of the list? The Blood Shrike and her remaining family.

Laia of Serra, now allied with the Blood Shrike, struggles to recover from the loss of the two people most important to her. Determined to stop the approaching apocalypse, she throws herself into the destruction of the Nightbringer. In the process, she awakens an ancient power that could lead her to victory–or to an unimaginable doom.

And deep in the Waiting Place, the Soul Catcher seeks only to forget the life–and love–he left behind. Yet doing so means ignoring the trail of murder left by the Nightbringer and his jinn. To uphold his oath and protect the human world from the supernatural, the Soul Catcher must look beyond the borders of his own land. He must take on a mission that could save–or destroy–all that he knows.

Release Date December 1, 2020

Initial Thoughts

As mentioned in my review of Reaper, I finished book 3 and waited approximately 30 minutes for the release of book 4. If I had waited 18 months, I’d have lost my mind.

Some Things I Liked

  • Emifal Firdaant. I can’t even tell you how much I cried when I read this. I won’t say much more because it’s a little spoiler-y but, every time this came up, I cried.
  • HARPER. Didn’t think I could fall in love with a fictional character any more than I fell for him in Reaper, but Sabaa Tahir did it again. Harper was everything I wanted for Helene and he was the most incredible side character. I especially loved the Musa moment with Harper and Elias. It was very Rowan from TOG.
  • Closure. This book gave me what I wanted. An ending that I was satisfied with but long for more of. I’d keep reading about these characters any day of the week, but I loved the way everything tied up. It wasn’t neat, it wasn’t perfect, but it was right.
  • My forever buddy reader @lianne_the_bibliophile pointed out something to me that I just absolutely loved:
    An Ember in the Ashes = Laia
    A Torch Against the Night = Helene
    A Reaper at the Gates = Elias
    A Sky Beyond the Storm was the conclusion they all deserved. Sabaa Tahir did these incredible characters justice with this ending.

Favorite Quotes

“You are a torch against the night – if you dare to let yourself burn.”

“Emifal Firdaant.”

Series Value

I would reread this series a million times over. I’m obsessed. What’s more, I would read any and all sequels, spinoffs, side stories, novellas, whatever, that Sabaa Tahir wants to write in this world or about these characters.

Final Thoughts

I don’t think I’ve cried this much while reading a book since I read Kingdom of Ash last year. Sabaa Tahir tore my heart out, stomped on it, put it back, and left a smiley face bandaid over it. This was by far the best series I read all year. I have a feeling no series will top this for a long while.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Recommendations for Further Reading

  • Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen – if you enjoyed the legion and Roman inspiration in this series as well as the multiple POVs, try this series. Book 3 as well as a prequel novella are set to come out early in 2021.
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber – this seems like a crazy recommendation but hear me out. The lush righting and heartbreaking moments I lived for in Ember are all over the Caraval series. If you enjoyed the drama and twists, try this series.

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