Thursday, 20 September 2018

Book Review: The Skylark's Song by J.M. Frey

Title: The Skylark's Song
Author: J.M. Frey
Publisher:
REUTS Publications

Publication Date: 4 September 2018
Pages:
239
Format:
eBook - EPUB
Genre:
Fantasy/Steampunk
Source:
ARC via NetGalley

 




A Saskwyan flight mechanic with uncanny luck, seventeen-year-old Robin Arianhod grew up in the shadow of a decade-long war. But the skies are stalked by the Coyote—a ruthless Klonn pilot who picks off crippled airships and retreating soldiers. And as the only person to have survived an aerial dance with Saskwya’s greatest scourge, Robin has earned his attention.

As a pilot, Robin is good. But the Coyote is better. When he shoots her down and takes her prisoner, Robin finds herself locked into a new kind of dance. The possibility of genuine affection from a man who should be her enemy has left her with a choice: accept the Coyote’s offer of freedom and romance in exchange for repairing a strange rocket pack that could spell Saskwya’s defeat, but become a traitor to her county. Or betray her own heart and escape. If she takes the rocket pack and flees, she could end the war from the inside.

All she has to do is fly.

Filled with intrigue, forbidden romance, and a touch of steampunk, The Skylark’s Song soars in this new duology from the award-winning author of The Accidental Turn Series.


Overall, The Skylark's Song was a fun read. I loved the steampunk elements and the idea of the glider fights. Robin was an interesting character, and I enjoyed the fact that she wasn't perfect. She had her faults, so I could relate to her. There were some issues. The religion/race aspects were portrayed as important yet were never fully developed. Also, while I liked the Coyote as a character, the way he constantly said "my dear" was a little grating; it kept making me think of moustache-twirling villains. But, as I said, overall this was an entertaining and action-packed tale, and I would like to read the second book later, to see how it all ends. I would give this book 3.5 stars, but a 3.5 that rounds up to a 4, rather than down to a 3.

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