Review: Let The Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger

Let The Sky FallSource: Pulse IT
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Series: Sky Fall #1
Edition: Ebook, 416 pages
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
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Rating: 4/5

Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents. And he has no idea if the beautiful, dark-haired girl who’s swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real. But he hopes she is.

Seventeen-year-old Audra is a sylph, an air elemental. She walks on the wind, can translate its alluring songs, and can even coax it into a weapon with a simple string of commands. She’s also a guardian—Vane’s guardian—and has sworn an oath to protect Vane at all costs. Even if it means sacrificing her own life.

When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra’s forced to help Vane remember who he is. He has a power to claim—the secret language of the West Wind, which only he can understand. But unlocking his heritage will also unlock the memory Audra needs him to forget. And their greatest danger is not the warriors coming to destroy them—but the forbidden romance that’s grown between them.

Let the Sky Fall is the first book I’ve ever read about elemental slyphs and I think that Messenger really managed to give us something interesting and unique.

This story revolves around Vane and Audra. Vane Weston is the last Westerly thanks to a terrifying storm that killed his family. He’s unaware and thrown into the world when he meets the girl of dreams (literally) Audra, who takes it upon herself to train him in his heritage. I like Vane. I thought he was sweet, funny, and when added with the sarcasm he just comes across as a character I can really appreciate. He also doesn’t immediately fall to the ground and worship Audra, he doesn’t jump whenever she tells him too and I found that to be perfect. I get tired of people just accepting these out there revelations without so much as a fight, and Vane needs proof. His training takes up a good portion of the book because it takes a good bit of work on his part, however I kind of felt with amount of build up we would get more out of it overall. Audra is a very determined but guilt ridden character and even though she carries a tremendous weight on her she felt a bit stiff and a hard character to really ‘like’. Though she does kick butt and she’s incredibly tough, so she has that going for her. She does slowly evolve into a softer person so I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how much she’s changed in book two.

I loved the whole concept of the slyphs and how they control the winds, and this is the first book that I’d ever seen them used as a prominent feature. While the training does take up most of the book I think it’s important to keep in mind that this book actually takes place in about a week or so, but the detail and attention to  development really gives you a good sense of the growth. The ‘bad guys’  are really interesting but at the same time we don’t get to see very much of them yet and before the book ends we learn a bit more about a few other side characters that really opens up more possibilities for the next book. I wish I could be more specific about certain aspects but it would spoil the book.

The Sky Fall series is definitely off to a great start with this one and I can’t wait to see how Vane and Audra grow and face the new and old challenges ahead.

4 stars

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11 Responses to Review: Let The Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger

  1. I have seen this one, but I didn’t pick it up. I think I should really do that, it sounds really good. Great review.

  2. Do love the concept, I have never read about sylphs, but I need to pick this one up, plus the cover is gorgeous

  3. How did I not see this on Pulseit? This is going on my TBR immediately! Awesome review 🙂

  4. I’m glad you liked this too! I loved it~ Seeing the second book, Let the Storms Break, I think hell will break lose. It’s quite exciting considering this one leaves a lot to want.

  5. This sounds interesting, I love the cover, after reading your thoughts I think I will add it to my Amazon wishlist! Wonderful review the slyths have me intrigued.

  6. Octavia says:

    YES!!! I too loved how he didn’t immediately comply with Audra’s every demand! It made it seem more plausible somehow! Anywho, YAY!!!! YOU LIKED IT!!

  7. I remember all the hype about this one when the cover was released but for some reason I never bothered to pay much attention. Reading the synopsis and your fantastic review had me hittin’ up Goodreads to add it to my TBR shelf! 😀 This. sounds.awesome! I love the elemental aspect to it! Thanks for the great review ^^

  8. Oooh this one sounds good, focusing on sylphs sounds really interesting! I love how paranormal authors are now looking beyond the usual vampires, werewolves etc. and providing us with something new and different. It also excites me because I loved the Weather Warden series which kind of reminds me of the wind power too.

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