A City of living Bone towers crumbles to the ground and danger surrounds. Kirit Densira has lost everything she loved the most―her mother, her home, and the skies above. Nat Brokenwings―once Kirit’s brother long before the rebellion tore them apart―is still trying to save his family in the face of catastrophe. They will need to band together once more to ensure not just own survival, but that of their entire community.
I received a copy of Horizon by Fran Wilde from the publisher, TOR, via Jean Book Nerd blog tours. There was no compensation for me reading or reviewing this book. All that follows is my opinion and mine alone.
I’d like to start this review with a little note that I didn’t read the first two books in The Bone Universe. I literally jumped into this trilogy with the last book. But, with this gritty cover, who wouldn’t? It practically blurs the lines of fantasy and sci-fi and is gorgeous. I was compelled to pick it up and I was glad I did.
Horizon is written in three different point of views: Macal, Kirit, and Nat. Each point of view is in the first person narrative and you experience what they experience in their chapters. Each chapter is intertwined with the others and you will get to experience certain events in a different way. It may sound confusing, but as long as you look at the label of the chapter you’re on, you won’t be confused.
Surprisingly, even though I haven’t read the other two books, I wasn’t confused or felt disjointed in the story itself. I was pulled into the world and was happy to see a dirty world rich with culture and moving cities. It is an amazing world. It really is. I’m compelled to read the first two books and experience what Kirit does so that I can also see the truth about the world the way she does.
The book is not only rich in culture and world building, but it is written well. The ease of the prose led me to turn pages quickly and kept me going. I am only giving this book a 3 out of 5 in Goodreads because I honestly think the effect of the world would be better if I had started with the first book. That said, I do have the other two books (thank you, TOR) and I will be reading them in the future.
This is definitely for a reader who loves books with a great world and action. I would recommend this book, but not for someone new to The Bone Universe.