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Shatter the sky, Rebecca Kim Wells

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Shatter the sky
Title
Shatter the sky
Statement of responsibility
Rebecca Kim Wells
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Maren, desperate to save her kidnapped girlfriend, plans to steal one of the emporer's dragons and storm the Aurati stronghold, but her success depends on becoming an apprentice to the emporor's mysterious dragon trainer, which proves to be a dangerous venture
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Review
  • Grades 8-11 Maren is content with her peaceful life in the mountain village of Ilvera, far from the warmongering Zefedi emperor whose ancestors conquered her people and stole their native dragons. Her heartmate, Kaia, wants more; she dreams of becoming one of the emperor’s dragon guards. When Kaia is forcibly taken by visiting Aurati seers (the emperor’s prophets), Maren concocts an impetuous plan, bolstered by her own seemingly prophetic dreams, to free Kaia with a dragon stolen from the fortress where they are trained. Maren tricks her way into an apprenticeship, learning how the emperor’s dragons are controlled, but her friendship with Sev, a friendly but secretive guard, complicates both her plans and her feelings. Wells’ satisfying and inclusive debut hits the fantasy trifecta: rich world building, nuanced characters, and deeply impressive dragons. Though the straightforward plotting has few surprises, the story nevertheless unfolds with drama and excitement. Maren’s growth from uncertain adventurer to heroic rebel is well earned; her bisexuality is refreshingly presented as unremarkable by her and the cast of mostly nonwhite characters. A new author—and new series—to watch. -- Krista Hutley (Reviewed 8/9/2019) (Booklist, vol 116, number 22)
  • Gr 8 Up—Maren ben Gao, 17, spends her days quietly in the mountains with her girlfriend, Kaia. Her peaceful days are shattered once Kaia is kidnapped by the Aurati, who force her to join their ranks. The only way that Maren can save Kaia is to find a way into the empire, but first she must capture one of the Emperor's dragons. Maren becomes an apprentice to the dragon trainer, who reveals secrets surrounding the estate, making Maren feel as though she must continue to help. Her only goal is to free Kaia, but she ends up bonding with the dragon so deeply that her plan becomes upended. Wells has built a mesmerizing world that will draw readers in and has created characters with depth and charisma. Readers will not want Maren to abandon the dragon to complete her mission and will feel just as torn as she does. Those who can't resist the fire-breathing creatures will enjoy this first installment of a series, which ends on a cliff-hanger, with Maren ready to continue on into another book. VERDICT A great addition to high school library collections, particularly those looking for LGBTQ romance.—Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI --Karen Alexander (Reviewed 06/01/2019) (School Library Journal, vol 65, issue 5, p81)
  • Maren has two great loves: her heartmate, Kaia, and the conquered mountain kingdom that both girls call home. So after representatives of the Empire of Zedef abduct Kaia, there’s nothing Maren won’t do to bring her back. The opening pace of this engaging fantasy debut is slow and steady as Maren concocts a scheme to steal one of the emperor’s fighting dragons and use it to storm the stronghold, where Kaia has been taken to be trained as a seer for the Empire. After Maren manages to get herself apprenticed to the head dragon trainer, though, the story whirls into a gripping adventure full of friendship, danger, and sudden reversals of fortune. Maren’s personal mission is caught up with a plot to bring down the Empire itself, and as she struggles stubbornly toward the girl she loves, she learns that the fate of all dragons may rest in her hands. Maren’s maturing ambitions and nuanced perspective deepen this thrilling fantasy adventure. Ages 14–up. (July)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 09/16/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 37, p)
  • A girl seeks the help of a dragon to save her heartmate. Bisexual Maren lives in Ilvera, a mountaintop village ruled by the tyrannous emperor of Zefed. His influence includes control of the Aurati seers, women who visit to share prophecies and take new initiates. When the Aurati abscond with Maren's heartmate, Kaia, Maren gathers her courage and travels to the fortress where dragons are trained for the emperor. Maren hopes her heritage—Verrans have a special connection with dragons—will enable her to steal a dragon and use it to free Kaia. Hiding her origins and intentions, Maren becomes an apprentice to the Aromatory, who uses scented oils to control dragons, and befriends Sev, a fortress guard hiding secrets of his own. Maren's world is at once familiar and inventive; politics and dragon lore are deeply rooted and heavily inform the narrative. The pacing is methodical and perhaps too linear—much of the time, Maren announces her intentions and then executes them, mostly to plan. One of the few plot twists is telegraphed from miles off. Still, Maren's wins are satisfying and the rip-roaring conclusion, empowering; her journey from viewing herself as second-best to someone with power and worth is particularly gratifying. Maren's mixed heritage gives her light-brown skin like most Zefedi, while Kaia has the darker skin of Verrans. Debut author Wells' beautiful prose and compelling protagonist will leave readers eager for the sequel. (Fantasy. 13-18) (Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2019)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10792405
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DLC
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Wells, Rebecca Kim
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
014+
LC call number
PZ7.1.W43557
LC item number
Sh 2019
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 8
  • 12
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True
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  • Bisexuality
  • Dragons
  • Imaginary places
  • Insurgency
  • Prophecies
  • Bisexuality
  • Dragons
  • Imaginary places
  • Insurgency
  • Prophecies
  • Fantasy
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Shatter the sky, Rebecca Kim Wells
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Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2018046224
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
294 pages
Isbn
9781534437906
Lccn
2018046224
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1056732886
Label
Shatter the sky, Rebecca Kim Wells
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2018046224
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
294 pages
Isbn
9781534437906
Lccn
2018046224
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1056732886

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