Book 1 of the Skyfall Trilogy
The blood of the Moon God runs through Chandi's veins. Her king has sent her to the underwater palace of the Solars, to spy on them during the uneasy alliance. Chandi wants nothing more than proof of Solar treachery so she can go home. But as the Solar Naresh shows her the wonders of his underwater world, she finds herself forced to choose between her people and her heart.
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This book unceremoniously ripped my heart out of my chest, took a bite out of it, stomped on it, ran it through a blender, set it on fire, and then spit on the ashes… and I loved every second of it.
Malin really spoke to me. I loved his gruff, animalistic ways, but he was not without a tender side that he sparingly showed and I found myself desperate to see more of him.
Larkin is an amazing storyteller. His writing is descriptive, yet keeps a quick pace with no wasted information clogging my already at capacity synapses. Maybe storyteller isn’t descriptive enough. Maybe I should say that Larkin is a storyweaver. His universe is chaos and brilliance and honor and destruction and love in one amazing place.
One thing I really liked was the characters being true to themselves, they rarely denied anything they had to say or their feelings. It had been a while since I had seen that sincerity in a character.
The unique Indonesian-based setting was a refreshing change from the norm, and the dynamic characters drew me into the plot immediately. (I mean, really, who doesn't love a weretiger these days?)
The Lunar King bargained his daughter away in marriage to end generations of war between the two dynasties of the Skyfall Isles. The King sends his niece Chandi along as handmaid to his daughter. Chandi has two tasks: watch over her cousin, and spy on the Solars. The Solars cost her everything she cares about, and now she wants nothing more than proof of their treachery so she can go home.
She knows little of spying, but the blood of the Moon God running through her veins gives her powers mortals can't match, powers that let her slip into places she's not supposed to be. Of course, the more she uses her powers, the faster she becomes a lunatic.
When she discovers a Solar soldier, Naresh, watching her, she decides to return the favor and stick close to him. But as he shows her the wonders of the domed underwater city, she begins to realize the Solars are not what she thought. Soon, she'll have to choose between loyalty to her people and her own heart.
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