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Publisher's Summary

The first in an all-new fantasy series from USA Today best seller David Dalglish.

Six islands float high above the Endless Ocean, where humanity's final remnants are locked in brutal civil war.

Their parents slain in battle, twins Kael and Brenna Skyborn are training to be Seraphim, elite soldiers of aerial combat who wield elements of ice, fire, stone, and lightning.

When the invasion comes, they will take to the skies and claim their vengeance.

Seraphim

  • Skyborn
  • Fireborn
  • Shadowborn

For more from David Dalglish, check out:

Shadowdance

  • A Dance of Cloaks
  • A Dance of Blades
  • A Dance of Mirrors
  • A Dance of Shadows
  • A Dance of Ghosts
  • A Dance of Chaos

©2015 David Dalglish (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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A New Fantasy World to Love

Where does Skyborn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

By far one of my favorite books that I have listened to in a long time. It provides a comfortable change of pace from other fantasy books, without making it feel forced.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Skyborn?

The moment when Bri decides to avenge her fallen love, not only is a huge turning point for the character, but also a huge turning point for the story itself and you can feel the tension through the speakers.

What does Joe Knezevich bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He read the book with a very nice flow to it, making the story feel fluid. I admit there were a handful of moments when it was difficult to understand him, but overall I quite liked his performance.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Spread your wings, and be free.

Any additional comments?

The story is quite compelling, giving the perspectives of two siblings with alternating chapters gives the reader several opinions on specific events. I also loved how intriguing the initial story was, and on top of which Dalglish teased at an even darker plot without revealing hardly anything, but just enough to the point where I can't stop thinking about the possibilities. Highly recommend.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Triston
  • Colorado Springs
  • 11-22-15

Amazingly written and narrated

I absolutely love Davids books and writing styles. This book has highlighted his improvements as an author. the story is fun and compelling. I highly recommend it and am already waiting for the next two!!

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Interesting World, one Dimensional Characters

I struggled to finish this story as the characters became rather annoying to me after the first couple chapters but the world was interesting enough for me to finish it.

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Get lost in this amazing world

Would you listen to Skyborn again? Why?

Absolutely, I have listed to it three times now.

What other book might you compare Skyborn to and why?

There are elements of this series that remind me of Mistborn or the Rithmatist. Like Mistborn, you can't really appreciate all the depth of this book, until you read book two. It also has some themes that reminded me of the Star Wars Trilogy.

What does Joe Knezevich bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He stays out of the way and lets the story tell itself without distraction.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely

Any additional comments?

David Dalglish has always been great at action and creating heroic backstories. In this series, he shows off his world-building and mystery skills.

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Main Characters kill the Story

The main characters pissed me off. Brenna is a spoiled child always whinning and crying about something and Keal is kind of a lame coward. This book could have been better if the author gave the main characters better personalities. It was a struggle to keep listening to this book.

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I didn't think it was possible

What would have made Skyborn better?

I didn't think it was possible, but David Dalglish has written a terrible book. After the Shadowdance series, I didn't think that David could do a bad book. That series was great and ever moment of was worth it. This though, this is just a terrible book, and after listening to it I have to say I don't see myself getting the next one. It's shame because the world and premise are pretty cool. And some of the characters, while all of them are kind of shallowly developed, are kind of interesting. But I just can't get around the main characters.

Fair warning - there will be spoilers from this point forward, so if you are going to read/listen to this book, I would say stop here.

So starting with the least of the things that make this book bad, Kael, one of the 2 twins that make up the protagonist of this book, is annoying because of how weak he is. I don't mean weak physically or anything. I mean personality and character wise. His twin sister, the main reason this book is bad and I will get into that later, is implusive, strong willed, and determined, and for some reason because always seem to figure that if one character is that, then the other has to be self-conscious, timid, and unable to take care of themselves. I get that you don't want to have all the characters the same, but I don't get why they have to be the complete option of the spectrum. This isn't the first book to do this; it's a common trope in books right now (just like love triangles) and it getting kind of overplayed now (also like love triangles). Kael is somewhat of an interesting character, but the it overshadowed by how often he just can't stand-up for himself or see himself as anything special. But honestly the book could be tolerable if he was the only issue. The real problem is with the other protagonist.

Brea, where to start? Well like I said she is impulsive, strong willed and determined, which can be good traits, but she is also brash, and doesn't back even when she is wrong which she is often. And she just gets away with or is actually rewarded when she does something wrong. From the get go there is nothing endearing about her. In the opening of the book she drags her brother out to watch a battle and then abandons him when he wants to seek cover (which is smart and sensible), calling him a coward. She is very pushy and selfish. She never thinks about why something might be wise to do or why she should just get to do what she wants. When she get kick out of training for not following orders cause she is bored (this is the military where it's not just about knowing how to do something but about how well you can follow orders too) she just goes off and does what she wants. And she even gets reward for it in a way by meeting her love interest because of it. She continues do what she wants, and then when her brother is being picked on she jumps straight to violence with no thought about how it will affect anything. And if you think "at least she is looking out for her brother" she later reveals that she didn't do for him at all but only cause they also made fun of her. I can deal with a protagonist that has some bad traits if they at least start to learn from them or have to deal with the consequences when they make bad choices, but Brea just keeps rampaging along without a care in the world about how it affects anyone but herself.

And the nail in to coffin for this book is when she kills a person in cold blood for no just reason. In this world people can request a dual to setting issues between them. This is a governed and legal method allowed in this world. So Brea's boyfriend issues a dual to a man who killed his brother. This man killed the boyfriends brother also in a dual, but it is never said who issued this dual. The man might have or the brother. Either way, you are allow to refuse a dual. So no matter who issued the dual, the brother always had a chance not to fight and chose to fight. The man won. The boyfriend has a right to be mad and want to avenge his brother through a dual which he does. He choses to issue a dual to the man. The man is only responding to it. Duals are watch over by the governing body and offical. They are to the death. The boyfriend knows this going into and so does Brea. He wants to fight this man. The man ends up winning fair and square. Brea being upset attacks and kills the man. Not in a dual, not in a official or legal way. For all we know the boyfriend and the brother just hate this guy for no reason and keep requesting duals from him. There is nothing this man is guilty of other then defending himself. And she kills him in cold blood. And you may say "but she was upset about losing her love" which is true. But what she thinks that pushes her into action isn't how much he meant to her or how much she loved him. No what gets her to attack the man is that it's not fair that he gets to have a normal life and her life has to change now. She's only worried about how her life is affected by this and thinks it unfair. And the best part? Nothing happens to her. She doesn't get punished. She doesn't get killed out of the military. She doesn't have to face any consequences for wrongly killing a man in cold blood right in front of the governing officials. She just gets to continue on being selfish, implusive, and brash with out a care in the world. There is nothing likable about her. Oh and just so you, it also barely even phase her that her boyfriend is dead. Like 2 chapters later she doesn't even care anymore.

Sorry for the long rant and spoilers, but I was just stunned by how terrible of a book this was after coming off of David's other books. I would recommend almost any of his books to anyone who enjoys fantasy, but I would say stay clear of this one.

Has Skyborn turned you off from other books in this genre?

No not at all

What character would you cut from Skyborn?

Honestly the protagonist, or at least Brea and maybe just retune Kael.

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Really impressed.

I started this book because I wanted a new series to listen to. Was finished in one week! Really great performance from the reader and the story is one you don't want to stop. Can't wait for the second book.

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  • Dominic
  • MONROE, GA, United States
  • 04-18-18

After the main character murdered someone I could not and it was past off with no consequences for her I could not finish

After the main character murdered someone I could not and it was past off with no consequences for her I could not finish

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Another great book

Great book with interesting and unexpected twists that provided a engaging story the whole way through!

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fantastic

A well told entertaining story. Quality sci fi & fantasy all in one. I'll eagerly await the sequel, and check out Daiglish's other work.