Review: “The Unknown Sun” by Cheryl Mackey

“The Unknown Sun (The Destiny Series Book 1)” by Cheryl Mackey

Available from: Amazon or Barnes & Noble
Released on: 29 April 2014

Description: Seventeen-year-old Moira is haunted by the accidents that claimed her parents and sisters. When a strange boy who seems to know too much about her past attacks her, Moira fears death will come for her a third time. She is rescued by twins Airi and Belamar, the winged heirs to the throne in Skyfall, and taken to safety in their world.

But Skyfall is dying, and the gods who had created and protected Airi and Belamar’s world have been missing since the Great War. Moira, Airi, and Belamar must find a journal left by the twins’ deceased mother, Tanari, that tells of a prophecy that must be fulfilled to find the gods known as The Unknown Sun so that Skyfall can be saved.

Deeper, darker, secrets unravel around the three friends as a revolution threatens their quest and the boy who tried to destroy Moira on Earth hunts them. Tanari knew more than she had let on, and within her journal a story is more than it seems, the past foretells the future, and a far-reaching plan is unveiled.

Why did Tanari reach across time and space to entrust a simple human girl with saving Skyfall? Who are the mysterious “Four” mentioned in the journal? And why does another god want her, and The Unknown Sun, dead?

Review: First off, let me say that Young Adult is usually not my genre. And, in the past, when I’ve read Young Adult with a female narrator, I’ve usually wanted to throttle said character. I am happy to report that despite both of these things having been my track record, neither were true here and I actually enjoyed The Unknown Sun quite a bit! (I.E., I did not want to smack Moira for being a twit, so this is a big plus for me.)

My primary complaint is that it moved too fast through a lot of it, for my tastes. I like stories that move quickly and don’t linger too long before getting to the action, but this one jumped in a little too fast. I wanted more time to get to know our characters before all the Big Dramatic Stuff rushed at them.

However, it wasn’t SO fast that I wasn’t able to get into them at all. The character development early on was just enough to keep me with them and on their side until later when my appreciation for them really set in. Would I have liked more development earlier on? Yes. Did the lack of more keep me from liking it? No.

Moira I liked, although better as we went along. Bel and Airi were just the type of characters I love, however, so I was with them right from the start. I also like the emotional set up to the group of the three.

Although I know there’s more stories to come in the over all story, I still feel like the story told in this one needed more to it to be told fully. (Like I was saying about character development earlier.) And yet, just the same, it wasn’t enough to pull me away from enjoying it on the whole.

I really liked The Four. The wings in relation to emotion was very cool, too. Overall, I really liked the world created as well. This had a lot of little things working for it that I really liked.

Plus, I have to note that after reading the book so I knew the significance, the cover is very cool.

I am interested to see what happens in the next book. I can’t give it a raving 5, but it’s a solid 4 Fireballs.

4 Fireballs

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