This was stunningly beautiful. I want to say upfront that there is animal harm and death throughout this story. However, if you can get through that, then I highly recommend this.
Untethered Sky is an amazing story of tragedy, obsession, and the very human quality of ownership and love for a creature. Ester is a Rukher, which means she is part of a group that trains Roc’s (huge, magnificent birds of prey) to hunt Manticores.
The story begins with the tragedy that befell Ester’s family when a Manticore attacked. Ester and her father survived, but she was still very much estranged from love and family. When she becomes a Rukher and cares for her Roc, Zahra, she finds a whole new reason to live and to love.
As much as she loves Zahra, though, Ester’s Roc is still somewhat captive. She has much freedom and a good life, but she doesn’t have natural freedom. So, no matter how devoted and enthralled Ester is to her Roc, she is in constant fear of losing her.
This was gorgeous storytelling. Not unexpected from Fonda Lee, of course. A very meaningful and beautiful story.
Out April 11, 2023!
Thank you, Netgalley and Tor, for this opportunity.
Thank you Netgalley and Macmillan, Tor/Forge for this incredible and intense arc, The Last House On Needless Street by Catriona Ward.
Okay….. ooookkkkaaaayyy… honestly ya’ll, I’m having difficulties figuring out where to start with this book bc it literally led me in every direction possible and impossible alike. And, I mean that in a good way!
Meet Ted. Ted is quite strange. Not only does he eat really unique food combinations but his daily life/habits are quite questionable. He has a daughter named Lauren…. he also has a homosexual cat named Olivia. The living arrangements seem a little off, just not clear on where everybody spends their time. Definitely awkward… creepy.
The reader will have different narrators each chapter, Ted, sometimes Lauren, Olivia the cat… also Dee. Dee is an interesting character. She is searching for her little sister lulu who has been missing for some time. And all of this is connected but probably not at all in a way you might presume.
This story, horror story, is bizarre and full of secrets within secrets like those Russian wooden dolls… always more to see than meets the eye! I was completely shocked over and over again. I could have sworn I knew what was really going on and still, another twist and another turn!
This story truly speaks on survival and hope. The way a mind copes with fear and suffering. I highly recommend this read. It is truly unlike anything I’ve read before. Treat yourself to this mind bending ride this Halloween/fall season!
Thank you Netgalley and Macmillan, Tor/Forge for this amazing arc that I loved dearly. 💙
I was prepared for another charming and endearing T. J. Klune book but I was not expecting the emotions that I would go through while reading this incredible tale that so loudly speaks of love and kindness during the hardest event of a person’s life… death. Accepting death, either facing your own mortality or a loved ones… so yeah, I might have been hugging my fat cat and crying just a bit (slightly) at the end.
When I first met Wallace Price, I knew he was not the best dude in existence (he sucked). He is firing a great employee for making one single mistake. It was unfair, it was harsh and it was cruel. 2 days later, Wallace dies in that same office from a heart attack. When he arrives at his own funeral, he is astonished that there are only 6 people there (including himself of course). However, one of them can actually see him. He meets Mei, a reaper, there to help him on his way towards dealing with his death. When he arrives at a very unique tea house he finally meets Hugo, the ferryman. It is here that Wallace finds a new way to live, a new way to exist, as he begins to accept his death.
This story has an incredible depth to it. Looking at life, the meaning, a way to look into death itself. And, through all of this serious topic, this book still retains that kind-hearted charm found in all T. J. Klune books.
I highly recommend this! Be prepared to face some existential questions Klune approaches in such a graceful manner. Also be prepared for possible triggers, grief, death, loss, suicide.
I hope everyone finds this book at a perfect time, right when you need it like I did.