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Book One of the Skylords

Moth is turning 13. He’s an orphan who lives with Leroux, an Eldrin Knight. Leroux is extremely old and sick but he tells amazing stories and he took in Moth when no one else would. Moth dreams of flying a dragonfly, a machine that his best friend, Fiona’s grandfather developed. Currently, he works at the airstrip for little money but occasionally he get to ride in a dragonfly which makes it worth the bad pay.
 
On Moth’s birthday, Leroux gives him an object that Leroux says came from across the Reach. He also tells Moth that his bird is really a Skylord and he wants Moth to take her back across the Reach. Moth isn’t sure what to do but when Leroux dies and their apartment is being torn apart by the governor’s guards looking for something, Moth knows that he needs to take the object Leroux gave him and leave. 
 
While trying to figure out what exactly to do, Moth is joined by Fiona. Together they take off to cross the forbidden Reach only to find a world unlike anything they had ever seen. They are greeted by a beautiful mermaid and search for a wizard that happens to be a dragon. The centaurs have their own valley but the Skylords rule the sky. Not a single creature dares to fly for fear of the Skylords and now the Skylords are after Moth.
 
With everyone after him, can Moth make the decisions he needs to in order to stay alive? Can he get Leroux’s bird back to her originally shape as a Skylord? Things get interesting as Fiona and Moth struggle to make sense of a world that is as alien as it can get.
 
This is a wonderful fantasy adventure novel that I thoroughly enjoyed. 
 
The characters were extremely well developed and gave the reader an excellent idea of each characters motives, emotions and personality. Fiona is sure that her grandfather doesn’t really love her but just took her in because it was his duty. Moth is use to everyone leaving him but still has dreams and hopes. They play off each other and their interactions with the other characters in this book show their unique points of view while still moving ahead together.
 
The different creatures were creative and imaginative. Humans who crossed the Reach became slaves of the Skylords. They were transformed so very little was left of their human selves. Skylords resembled angels yet they were selfish and egotistical creatures. As Moth and Fiona wondered through the land past the Reach, they are amazed at what they see and so was I.
 
While each type of creature had certain characteristics, they were no all the same. This wonderful use of shades of gray gave the reader the feeling that even though Skylords were bad, some weren’t all bad and though dragons were strong determined fighters, they were also scholars. This broadening of what each creature type was made them more interesting.
 
I found that I really enjoyed this book though I’m not sure if it should be classified as an adult fantasy novel or a YA one. The main characters are young teens which makes a change from most adult fantasy novels but the story has enough interest to hold an adult’s attention. Teens will enjoy the fact that the main characters are teens and are intelligent young people. There are no scenes that a parent should be worried about having their child read.
 
This looks to be an introductory novel into a series about Skylords. I certainly hope so as this was a well done book with lots of other stories that can come from it. I want to know more about the adventures of Moth and Fiona. I want to know if Moth ever gets to fly a dragonfly. And I want to know more about the Skylords.

Book Blurb for Starfinder

A new fantasy series from the author of The Sword of Angels.

Steam trains and electricity are rapidly changing the world. Moth of Calio is obsessed with the airships developed by his friend Fiona's grandfather Rendor, and dreams of taking to the air one day like his heroes, the Skyknights.

But not everyone is happy to see humans reach the skies. For thousands of years, the mysterious and powerful race known as the Skylords have jealously guarded their heavenly domain. But Moth and Fiona are about to breach the magical boundary between the world of humans and the world of the Skylords.


Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2009 5.00