Sparrow Rising (Skyborn #1)

Sparrow Rising (Skyborn #1)

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Jessica Khoury brings her masterful world-building and
emotional depth to an exciting fantasy series.
In a world where everyone is born with wings, stone monsters
prowl the skies, hunting those who dare to fly too high.

In the Clandoms, everyone is born with wings, with tight-knit
communities formed around bird types: Jay, Falcon, Crow.

Ellie Meadows dreams of growing up to join the Goldwings - the
famed knights who defend all the people of the Clandoms. It was
a Goldwing, after all, who saved her life on that terrible day her
parents were killed.

There's just one problem: Ellie is a Sparrow, and the Goldwings
are almost invariably picked from the higher clans like Eagles
and Ospreys. This rigid hierarchy means that Ellie is destined to
become a farmer.

Determined to honor her parents' memories and prove herself worthy
of the Goldwings, Ellie sets out on her own for the capital.
But her journey will be dangerous. Foul creatures called gargols
lurk behind every cloud, ready to slay anyone unlucky enough to
be caught outside in a storm - just as Ellie's family was.

Soon her path intertwines with a colorful band of fellow outcasts,
each with their own aspirations... and their own secrets. Ellie's
new friends offer not just roadside companionship. They'll
challenge her ideas of right, wrong, and what truly makes a hero.

Fast-paced, highly imaginative middle grade fantasy
Perfect for fans of Wings of Fire
Explores important issues such as racism, classism, privilege
and systemic oppression
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 155 x 217 x 24mm | 380g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1338652397
  • 9781338652390
  • 1,320,513

Review quote

"Enthralling...Khoury's worldbuilding is gripping and complex, tethering her adroitly rendered tale to today's most important issues, including racism, classism, privilege, and systemic oppression. Expect high demand for the next installment."--Kirkus Reviews

With a resourceful, indomitable heroine, this high-flying series opener by Khoury offers a wealth of adrenaline-charged, cinematic aerial scenes featuring a Black protagonist and a largely white, fully winged cast, making for a thoroughly enjoyable adventure."--Publishers Weekly

"One of my favorite books of the year so far, this fantasy adventure checks all the boxes with a genuine, courageous main character and complicated companions, plus themes of magic, growing up, and secrets, so many secrets...(If Studio Ghibli is looking for another movie project, I vote for adapting this book series!)"--Imagination Soup
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About Jessica Khoury

Jessica Khoury is the author of the Corpus Trilogy -- Origin, Vitro, and Kalahari--as well as The Forbidden Wish. She currently lives in Greenville, South Carolina.
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Rating details

189 ratings
4.37 out of 5 stars
5 50% (95)
4 38% (72)
3 11% (20)
2 1% (1)
1 1% (1)
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