The Sky On Fire By Jenn Lyons : Review

From the acclaimed author of the Chorus of Dragons series, this propulsive new standalone fantasy is Dragonriders of Pern for a modern audience.

Enter a world ruled by dragons…

Anahrod lives only for survival, preferring to thrive in the jungles of the Deep with the titan drake she keeps by her side. When an adventuring party saves her from capture by the local warlord, Sicaryon, she is eager to return to her solitary life, but this is no ordinary rescue. Anahrod’s past has caught up with her. And these cunning misfits intend to spirit her away to the cloud cities, where they need her help to steal from a dragon’s hoard.

There’s only one in the cloud cities, dragons rule, and the hoard in question belongs to the current regent, Neveranimas―and she wants Anahrod dead.

Despite having a longstanding obsession with dragons and anything dragon-related, I’ve somehow managed to not read any of Jenn Lyons’ previous books. As I was immediately intrigued by the promise of dragons, a heist, and a group of interesting misfits (What a trio!) I requested a copy of this book to review pretty quickly. I had planned on waiting a few days after receiving my copy to  start reading but the excitement of diving into a world of dragons and magic was too much to resist and I started it pretty much right away. From the very first page the story of The Sky On Fire captured my attention so completely that I lost track of time and read through breakfast and lunch and was almost late for work! It was a fun and delightful immersion into a vivid and imaginative world that I just couldn’t seem to tear myself away from.

While there was a lot I enjoyed about this book one of the things that stood out the most to me was how realistic and believable I found all the characters to be. Each character no matter how minor seemed to have their distinct personalities or backstories that really helped them come alive. Anahrod, in particular, is a compelling character whose survival instincts and complex past create a character that seems to just leap off the page. I also found The Sky On Fire’s magic system to be really interesting as I love any book that contains not just people who can use magic, but the existence of magical artifacts as well. I thought Jenn Lyons did a fantastic job integrating such an interesting magic system so well into the world she created.

And I don’t think it would be even remotely possible to praise Jenn Lyons’ worldbuilding enough. The detailed descriptions of the characters, the jungles of the Deep, and the cloud cities themselves helped paint a vivid picture of a realm ruled by dragons and magic. Jenn Lyons’ attention to detail and imaginative creativity make the world of The Sky On Fire feel immersive and authentic.

I would have to say that overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it to be a captivating story from beginning to end. The way Jenn Lyons manages to blend adventure, magic, and a richly detailed world has left time eager to explore her other books. I’m not a little too excited to dive into her epic fantasy series a Chrous of Drgons to experience more of her fantastic storytelling. However I’m tempted to check out the audiobook of The Sky on Fire before I do so so that I can relive this adventure in a new format.


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