Thank you so much to Saga Press and NetGalley for letting me read Black Sun early! I managed to grab it when it was on Read Now and I wasn’t able to get to it until after it came out (it released on October 13, so if you haven’t grabbed it yet, make sure you do that!), but it was so good and I’m so glad I read it!
Black Sun 4/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
A god will return
When the earth and sky converge
Under the black sun
In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is usually a time for celebration and renewal, but this year it coincides with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial event proscribed by the Sun Priest as an unbalancing of the world.
Meanwhile, a ship launches from a distant city bound for Tova and set to arrive on the solstice. The captain of the ship, Xiala, is a disgraced Teek whose song can calm the waters around her as easily as it can warp a man’s mind. Her ship carries one passenger. Described as harmless, the passenger, Serapio, is a young man, blind, scarred, and cloaked in destiny. As Xiala well knows, when a man is described as harmless, he usually ends up being a villain.
I really enjoyed so much of this book! It was the perfect mix of spiritual politics to betrayal to sealife and mutinies and did I already mention all of the carefully crafted betrayals? Man it was so fun to read, but it’s definitely not a book that you can read without paying attention to what’s happening- you have to focus on when the chapters are taking place, who’s narrating them, where they are in relation to the other people who have been narrating chapters, how everything is going to come together in Tova at the Convergence. All in all, it made for a really intriguing book and some of the betrayals were ones I didn’t see coming until the very end. Sometimes the timelines were a little confusing, but that was more because I don’t think I was reading as carefully as I needed to. I’m really excited for book 2 now, because I cannot wait to see where the story goes! I think character wise, Xiala was my favorite, but Serapio’s backstory was the most interesting and I really want to know more about Naranpa’s journey into becoming the Sun Priest. I feel like Okoa’s story was the least explored, so hopefully we see more of him in book two!