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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of Star Wars: Resistance Reborn comes the first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and woven into a tale of celestial prophecies, political intrigue, and forbidden magic.

A god will return

When the earth and sky converge

Under the black sun

In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is usually a time for celebration and renewal, but this year it coincides with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial event proscribed by the Sun Priest as an unbalancing of the world.

Meanwhile, a ship launches from a distant city bound for Tova and set to arrive on the solstice. The captain of the ship, Xiala, is a disgraced Teek whose song can calm the waters around her as easily as it can warp a man’s mind. Her ship carries one passenger. Described as harmless, the passenger, Serapio, is a young man, blind, scarred, and cloaked in destiny. As Xiala well knows, when a man is described as harmless, he usually ends up being a villain.

Crafted with unforgettable characters, Rebecca Roanhorse has created an epic adventure exploring the decadence of power amid the weight of history and the struggle of individuals swimming against the confines of society and their broken pasts in the most original series debut of the decade.     

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Rebecca Roanhorse. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • Lisa Davidson
  • 2020-10-26

5-star Concept; Too Many Threads Left Hanging

Roanhorse's Trail of Lightning and Storm of Locusts are two of my favorite novels. Black Sun displays the same imaginative facility with fascinating characters, intriguing world-building, and compelling plot--but unfortunately it ends as a definite precursor to Book Two, without any satisfying sense of closure. I think it should have been part of a longer work. Honestly I am exasperated by the marketing of "series" dictating the abrupt ending of so many otherwise interesting novels. I almost feel like returning Black Sun for the way I feel cheated out of the full story arc. Whether part of a series or not, books need to stand alone on their own intrinsic merits.

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  • Joshie
  • 2020-12-04

Great story but lacks any kind of an ending

I really enjoyed this story, and the narration was well done. I regretfully feel the need to dock a star on the story. There is no satisfying ending to this story. Every single storyline we’ve been following through the entire book is left unresolved. I’m okay with a book in a series leaving a cliff hanger, leaving a few things unresolved, but leaving the entire book with no kind of conclusion felt very misleading and dissatisfying. I’m wary of the next book, but I’ll probably listen to it. If that has the same lack of ending, I won’t go further in the series. I don’t enjoy being abandoned in the middle of a story.

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  • Valkyrie
  • 2020-10-24

Sweepingly Epic

Beautiful world building. A fully fleshed out cast of characters. And a full sweeping adventure with an end that leaves each of our main POV characters’ fates up in the air (literally in one case!) So, if you hate cliffhangers, buy this book and save it to read until the next one drops! But honestly, while Roanhorse’s prose are accessible and make for an easy read, she manages to pack so much into this story that, having time to read it now and then reread it at least once before the next one is available, will be more of an advantage than a burden. At least for me!

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  • Anthony Henry
  • 2021-01-02

Built Us Up Just to Let Us Down

This story had the makings of an epic quest. Roanhorse creates amazing characters with tons of depth and back stories that catch fire to the readers interest, slowly illuminating the plot within the plot. Each character moves through their own personal story arch but soon you start to sense their connection and you are certain that a "convergence" is approaching, the build up is so good that I was absolutely heartbroken when one by one each characters story just stops. Now I'm all for unhappy endings and or cliffhangers that signal the coming of a sequel but this story clearly just ends with no ENDING. The reader is left with so many untied knots that you wonder what was the purpose of all that string in the first place? So while this might have had the makings of an epic quest in the end we are only left with questions...even death is uncertain.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-11-23

love love loved it!

So many amazing characters with lush backgrounds and cool magic systems. I'm ready for book 2!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-11-19

So worth the read

I wasn’t sure when I first started listening, but the more I got into it the more I enjoyed it to the point where I couldn’t put it down. I haven’t been this in love with a book in a long while. The voice acting is all beautiful done and the story is so different and unexpected. It is told from different perspectives and it gets to the point where you love hearing from everyone and it’s hard to tell who to root for. I’d suggest this to anyone. Put it on your reading list.

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  • ellis d.
  • 2020-10-28

omg I'm so sad it's over

this book was excellent. I laughed I cried I'm way too attached to all the characters. this universe feels really old and also fresh and this trilogy is destined to be fantastic. the voice actors are wonderful and the story complicates the duality of darkness and light and good and evil in a way that feels very relevant and refreshing. I will be listening to this book again soon

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  • DiAnn Hardman
  • 2020-10-21

20th chapter got interesting finally

Not much action until chapter 20. After that it was great. Im interested in the next in the series.

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  • Dan Mehler
  • 2021-01-16

loved this story

incredible story and world, very gripping and about halfway through it was hard to stop reading until I finished. some aspects about the story are confusing and could be polished a bit more (chronological order of events) but not enough to take away from how much I enjoyed this book. Xiala was the household favorite and Serapio a very close second. highly recommended to anyone who will give it a chance!

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  • anonymama
  • 2020-12-28

Fantastic book, great performances

Love love love this book! Cannot recommend highly enough. Pro tip: xir and similar wording are gender neutral pronouns.