Sparrow Rising (Skyborn #1)

Sparrow Rising (Skyborn #1)
Age Range
8+
Release Date
August 03, 2021
ISBN
978-1338652390
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Jessica Khoury brings her masterful world-building and emotional depth to a brand-new fantasy series. In a world where everyone is born with wings, stone monsters prowl the skies, hunting those who dare to fly too high.
In the Clandoms, everyone is born with wings, with tight-knit communities formed around bird types: Jay, Falcon, Crow. Ellie Meadows dreams of growing up to join the Goldwings -- the famed knights who defend all the people of the Clandoms. It was a Goldwing, after all, who saved her life on that terrible day her parents were killed. There's just one problem: Ellie is a Sparrow, and the Goldwings are almost invariably picked from the higher clans like Eagles and Ospreys. This rigid hierarchy means that Ellie is destined to become a farmer. Determined to honor her parents' memories and prove herself worthy of the Goldwings, Ellie sets out on her own for the capital. But her journey will be dangerous. Foul creatures called gargols lurk behind every cloud, ready to slay anyone unlucky enough to be caught outside in a storm -- just as Ellie's family was. Soon her path intertwines with a colorful band of fellow outcasts, each with their own aspirations... and their own secrets. Ellie's new friends offer not just roadside companionship. They'll challenge her ideas of right, wrong, and what truly makes a hero.

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4.0
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What I loved : The bird's serious dissection of racism and classes throughout the book in a kid-friendly way. Our main character is a sparrow, the smallest and lowest of the clans—being so small and the weakest, not expected to fight or do much beyond a meager lifestyle. Ellie is determined to be so much more than that; she wants to be a Goldwing and has studied all about them and is determined to win the ascension race to honor her parents' memories.
What Left Me Wanting More: I wanted to know more about the gargouls who terrorize the birds of all ranks. I wanted to learn more about the extraordinary power we discover that Nox has why does he have it. One other thing that I wanted to know more about is the Crow clan fall into disgrace.
Final Verdict: "What you think of as weakness are actually your strengths. You've just got to use them right." Ellie is a small sparrow, but that doesn't mean that's a weakness, and when Ellie starts to realize that, the story takes off. A lot of great gems to be found in this unique tale.
Sparrow Rising (Skyborn #1)
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