The Huntress: Sky by Sarah Driver

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Seek the scattered Storm-Opals of Sea, Sky and Land, before an enemy finds them and uses them to wield dark power . . .

The trail of the Storm-Opals takes Mouse further than she has ever been before. With her little brother Sparrow and friend Crow alongside her, she stumbles into the world of Sky, where fortresses are hidden amongst the clouds, secret libraries (skybraries) nestle atop gigantic icebergs and the sky swirls with warring tribes and their ferocious flying beasts. Can they solve Da’s message before it’s too late for their ship, their tribe and the whole of Trianukka?

Mouse is back on her quest to find the Storm-Opals and be reunited with her Da.

The second book in The Huntress series begins with Mouse and her friends discovering the legendary Sky-Tribes. It introduces us to some incredible new characters, including my favourite, Kestrel. She’s very different to Mouse and strong in her own unique way- she’s gentle, fiercely loyal and has a vision for the future that she’ll defend to the death.

I was never a fan of books written in the present tense until I read Sea. It works so well in this trilogy and makes me feel fully immersed in the world Sarah has created. This book is non-stop action and we flit between riding ferocious beasts to breaking into fortresses to dream-dancing and sailing through poisonous frog infested waters. Like the first book, it’s full of great cultural expressions related to Mouse’s world and the Sea Tribes, such as ” don’t take your sails down yet” and “have raw eels poisoned your brain?” I love how each community Mouse comes across during this adventure has its own unique qualities and culture.

The novel is full of irresistible new creations such as draggles, the Skybrary where the books belonging to the divided clans are preserved and wish-tea, which tastes of whatever you wish for. Mouse, Crow and Sparrow are fantastic characters, complex and three-dimensional. I feel like they had grown up a lot in their own different ways by the end of this second book and I enjoy following their character development, how they make sense of the world and the quest they must carry out.

Full of twists and shocking reveals, The Huntress: Sky is a magical sequel to The Huntress: Sea and a book for adventurers!

The Huntress: Storm will be released on the 31st of May 2018. Read my review of Sea here.

 

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