Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (July 30th 2019)
Genre: young adult; fantasy
Rep: poc cast, bi mc, sapphic li, side sapphic character, side wlw parents
Rating: 4/5 🍑
When people recommend Shatter the Sky as a sapphic fantasy novel, they’re very much right but at the same time, it doesn’t explain just how sapphic the book. We’re not used to being fed this well, and yet it’s exactly what we deserve.
The book opens with the (bi!) mc talking about how much she loves her girlfriend. That’s revolutionary. And that love is used as a catalyst for all future events. Quite literally nothing would happen, if Maren wasn’t in love with Kaia and wasn’t determined to do everything in her power to get back together.
If, like pretty much everyone else on the planet, you are charmed by stories of heroes rescuing the love of their life, but you’re also tired of reading about a male knight in a shining armor again and again – this is the book for you. It hits all the usual fantasy tropes, while also providing readers with a strong female protagonist.
This isn’t to say that it’s a predictable book, though! It manages to provide a breath of fresh air plot-wise as well. That’s actually a big strength of Shatter the Sky: while using well known tropes, it creates a brand new story & makes the reader realise things are not always what they seem. And that sometimes you need to grow up first, in order to fulfill your destiny.
(Also, there’s a mother of dragons here. Girls can have some dragons, as a treat.)
Raised among the ruins of a conquered mountain nation, Maren dreams only of sharing a quiet life with her girlfriend Kaia—until the day Kaia is abducted by the Aurati, prophetic agents of the emperor, and forced to join their ranks. Desperate to save her, Maren hatches a plan to steal one of the emperor’s coveted dragons and storm the Aurati stronghold.
If Maren is to have any hope of succeeding, she must become an apprentice to the Aromatory—the emperor’s mysterious dragon trainer. But Maren is unprepared for the dangerous secrets she uncovers: rumors of a lost prince, a brewing rebellion, and a prophecy that threatens to shatter the empire itself. Not to mention the strange dreams she’s been having about a beast deep underground…
With time running out, can Maren survive long enough to rescue Kaia from impending death? Or could it be that Maren is destined for something greater than she could have ever imagined?
What’s the last good fantasy you have read?