**Disclaimer: I was given a free finished copy in exchange for an honest review from as part of a tour from TBR and Beyond Tours.**
Title The Endless Skies
Author Shannon Price
Release Date August 17, 2021
Date Finished September 25, 2021
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…
I was excited to be chosen for this tour. This book actually flew under my radar in August when it came out and I was so glad to stumble upon this tour opportunity.
Some Things I Liked
Multiple POVs. I love when books are told from different characters’ perspectives. I feel like the reader can really gain more insight and the world can be expanded upon in a different way than with just one POV.
World building. I really loved the bits and pieces of the world outside Heliana. I would love to see more about this in sequels or spin offs. I thought the semi-dystopian sounding world was really cool.
Different ages of the characters. Rowan and Shirene are so different and are at different points in their lives. I loved that we got a more YA narrator and a narrator that leaned toward more adult thinking. The contrast was so interesting to follow.
One Thing I Wasn’t Crazy About
While I loved the POVs, I did find that one of them was a bit superfluous. I feel like I was disappointed in the way the one POV ended and it basically rendered the entire perspective useless. I also think there was a bit of a missed opportunity to go crazy and have a ton of different perspectives. If we’re going to read from one that comes to a disappointing close, let me read from the POVs of all of the side characters.
I think this world has a lot of potential and I’d like to revisit it. I’d actually really like a prequel story here. I think the history described was really fascinating and I’d love to know more.
I really enjoyed this book. I think it was a solid standalone with a nice romance plot that I’d recommend for fans of fantasy adventures.
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