Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
Rating: 5 stars
Representation: Indigenous, Transgender, Queer, Nonbinary, Blind (author: Black Indigenous)
From the New York Times bestselling 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 amidst 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. - Simon & Schuster
I'm obsessed with this book. The adventure, storytelling, point of views, world-building, mystery, and fantastical elements are beyond amazing! I was extremely happy to read a book with neopronouns (ex. xe/xir) and multiple queer characters that does not tokenize or demonize them. The plot was evenly paced and intriguing enough to keep me interested. For some reason, I resisted the hype of this book until now. I love that Roanhorse brought the conversation around what the descendants of those who cause great harm owe to the people of those who were harmed. This story is timeless!
I'm extremely excited to read Fevered Star when it comes out next year.