This is the second book in the Moon and Sun trilogy (at least I’ve heard that it’s supposed to be a trilogy) by Holly Lisle. It was an excellent addition to the series and is a wonderfully told story.
In the first book we find out that Genna is destined to be the Sunrider. This book starts out with Genna, Dan, Doyati, Catri, and Yarri being tutored in the Sun Wizards language by the very tedious Master Navan. Things quickly change though when Genna and Catri are attacked by a dragon and carried off to the Spire, an ancient stronghold of the human Sun Wizards of old. There Catri and Genna learn more about the humans’ past and about the Sun Wizards in general. But will the help the Spire gives be of a benefit or detriment to Genna’s path to become a Sunrider?
This was a wonderful book. Lisle has an excellent writing style for telling a good solid fantasy. The characters are well developed and the plot thickens as more characters are thrown into the mix and the humans’ situation gets more dire than ever. Much of the book revolves around Catri and Genna exploring the enormous Spire and about what they find out there. Most of this book focuses around the past of the humans and how they came to be slaves to the Kai Lords.
This book was a little more wandering than the last book. In process of exploring the Spire, Genna looses some focus on her Sunrider duties, but that is all part of the story. This book really gave the story a lot more breadth than it had in book 1.
I love Lisle’s writing style and her skill in building worlds and characters that are engaging and completely natural feeling. I love that the characters , especially Genna and the Cat, have a sense of humor that occasionally rears its head…this keeps things from ever getting overly serious. Genna is a great character, she is kind yet possess honor,persistence, and a practicality that is admirable. I was a little disappointed that we didn’t get to spend more time with Yarri and Doyati, but the additions of Jagan and the Dragon more than made up for the nightlings’ absence in this story.
Another great addition to this series, I can’t wait to read the next book! This book would appropriate for all ages. If you like the Fablehaven series, The Last Apprentice, or even Harry Potter I would check out this series.