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Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells

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foreverinastory's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


A disaster bisexual MC, dragons and lots of pining bc her girlfriend was kidnapped!? This was sooo good!

Rep: Bisexual biracial BIPOC cis female MC, sapphic BIPOC cis female love interest, BIPOC cis male side character (possibly a second love interest not sure yet), multiple BIPOC side characters, queer-normative world. 

CWs: Violence, kidnapping. Moderate: Animal cruelty and death (dragons), death, xenophobia, blood, vomit, medical content, fire/fire injury, torture. 

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booksthatburn's review

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adventurous fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated


SHATTER THE SKY features a teenager on a quest to rescue her girlfriend and hopefully bond a dragon along the way.

The worldbuilding is good, it errs on the side of not giving much information. It suits the somewhat sheltered protagonist but does mean that I didn't come away feeling like I could say much about the setting beyond a history of conquest, imperialism, and the use of dragons to consolidate and maintain power. Since this is a quest undertaken by someone leaving home for the first time with rescue of a loved one as the main goal, it didn't need a whole lot more than we get, and it works. As for that quest, Maren matures and changes at a significant but believable pace, I like the relationship that develops, and the stuff with the dragons is handled pretty well. If you want a queer fantasy about subterfuge and dragons that doesn't overwhelm with backstory, definitely try this. I generally prefer something a bit denser, but this was a lot of fun. My favorite part is right after Maren enters a town for the first time and has to figure out how to look and behave in a new place pretending to be someone she's not. A lot of important context is conveyed very skillfully and quickly in a few brief scenes, and it's great.

I love the ending, I'd been worried that one of the relationships was going to get dropped once the questing portion was done but it looks like this book sets up the possibility of even more in book two. I'm looking forward to reading whether the sequel delivers on that promise.

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