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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.

Editor's Pick

An automatic download for epic fantasy fans
We listeners of Brandon Sanderson have the immense delight of not having to worry if his next novel will be just as good as his last. That’s the beauty of Sanderson: he’s always on point. I’m sure I don’t need to convince anyone who has delved into his works before to pick up Rhythm of War, so I’m here to allay any potential listener’s fears about the length, depth, and commitment that listening to Rhythm of War and the Stormlight Archive appears to be. If you’ve enjoyed any epic fantasy in the past, you will enjoy this. Plain and simple. And narrator duo Michael Kramer and Kate Reading make listening to the Stormlight Archive the best way to experience it. They build the world for you, no work needed on your part. Now you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride with this can’t-beat credit-worthy story. —Melissa B., Audible Editor

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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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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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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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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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Action packed!

This book is phenomenal. It was quite a journey following Serapio from page 1. His opening scene grips you and you feel immediate empathy for him, but you know that he’s going to be such a strong character even amidst his soft spoken nature. I adored each and every character! And I need the next book like now! Definitely recommend!

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I usually listen to books on my commute to and from work. I binge this.

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Wonderful book!

I can't wait for the next installment. This book was beautifully written and narrated. The world and characters unfold perfectly, making me love them and peaking my curiosity about and each character and their journey.

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So good!

Great story. Great voice actors. Loved everything about it. Can’t wait for the next one!

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Took me away to another place

The characters are engaging, the narration is spellbinding, the story is a great distraction for anyone who would like to step out of their current reality. Thanks!

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Amazing vision

This book is a real stand out in the fantasy genre and I have never read anything like it before. The storytelling was riveting and the characters compelling. I couldn’t stop listening! Normally I hate ensemble cast performances, but this was a definite exception—each reader really brought their main character to life. I cannot wait for the sequel!!!

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  • 10-30-20

so so good

It was so easy to immerse in Rebecca's world of magic, Crow God, the powerful and the outcasts, thoroughly enjoyed it. I don't mind too many threads left hanging for that is what life is anyway- an unresolved chapter. Having said that, when's the second book coming? 😉😊

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  • 11-06-20

amazing!

beautifully written. the world building & the characters are flawless. i look forward to reading book 2!

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Blow the cobwebby old European fantasy tropes away

With an incredible story rooted in Mesoamerican and North American indigenous cultures, you'll love blowing those cobwebby old European fantasy tropes out of your brain with something completely new and fresh. Added bonus that Cara Gee who plays Drummer on The Expanse is only one of the four excellent voice actors for this book. The only downside of reading this is waiting for the next installment.