The Endless Skies by Shannon Price
Released: August 17, 2021
“A gripping adventure filled with surprising twists and heart, The Endless Skies captivated from beginning to end.”
―KayLynn Flanders, author of Shielded
There was so much to like about this book, starting with this gorgeous cover.
It was such a unique story, and I love the author's ingenuity. I could dive into this world for hours!
However, I felt like too much was trying to be set up for the story to really hit the way it wanted to. The world is so interesting and held so much promise, and there could be many different ways to continue working in this world. But, I felt like all the world building was crammed into a story that didn't have room enough to breathe.
That being said, this was still a fun, adventure filled story that had me intrigued from beginning to end. I enjoyed the characters and getting multiple POVs; it was easy to fall into this story, but hard to wait to see what happens next! Shape-shifting warriors who can transform from lions to human? I was intrigued to say the least.
I liked how strong a character Rowan was: she's a warrior with heart and soul. But there were multiple POVs and I don't feel like I got to know the other characters as much as I would have liked. Rowan stuck out the most to me, and I feel like she was the most developed out of all of the characters we meet. I loved getting to know her and her story, but I wouldn't have minded knowing a little more about the others.
I think the other character that stuck out the most to me was her best friend, Callen. But, I think the book would have been stronger if his POV was stronger, or if his POV (as well as her sister's) was cut out entirely. That being said, I still liked him as a character, and I like that he allowed Rowan to be strong on her own and didn't make her out to need saving. They were strong on their own, and only proved to be stronger together when the time was right.
The story is full of action, which I loved, but the romance aspect lacked a little for me. It was a love triangle that I don't think was fully necessary, especially since I wasn't invested in all of the characters involved. I would have been perfectly fine with *spoiler* just the friends-to-lovers trope and seeing Callen and Rowan grow together. I think if the story had been broken into maybe two installments, it would have given readers more time to fall in love with the characters and to make the romance more believable.
I really think readers will enjoy this book for what it is, even if it may not exceed expectations. It is truly an original idea with a magic system unlike most things on the market. It has so much potential! It's still worth the read.