Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Review: Ignite the Sun by Hanna Howard

Who loves themselves some sun? This book is all about light and darkness, which already sounded intriguing. And yes, the cover did catch my interest, too. Isn't it pretty? 

Still, the surmise of a world bathed in darkness thanks to an evil queen did seem intriguing. But enough babbling from me. Just read further to find out more.

by Hanna Howard
Blink Publishing
YA Fantasy
352 pages

Once upon a time, there was something called the sun... In a kingdom ruled by an evil witch, the sun is just part of a legend about light-filled days of old. Luckily for everybody in the kingdom, Siria Nightingale is headed to the heart of the darkness to try and restore the light--or she will lose everything trying.

Sixteen year-old Siria Nightingale has never seen the sun. The light is dangerous, according to Queen Iyzabel, an evil witch who has shrouded the kingdom in shadow.

Siria has always hated the darkness and revels in the stories of the light-filled old days that she hears from her best friend and his grandfather. Besides them, nobody else understands her fascination with the sun, especially not her strict and demanding parents. Siria's need to please them is greater even than her fear of the dark. So she heads to the royal city--the very center of the darkness--for a chance at a place in Queen Iyzabel's court.

But what Siria discovers at the Choosing Ball sends her on a quest toward the last vestiges of the sun with a ragtag group of rebels who could help her bring back the Light ... or doom the kingdom to shadow forever.



Strong world building meets a heroine with heart and more in an exciting adventure with an intruiguing twist.

Siria Nightingale has grown up with everything a girl could wish for: wealth, friends, and plenty of free space. She's a princess in her parent's estate, but one that loves to run around with the gardner and his son. She's wild and free, and her parents don't approve. So, when she finally heads off to school and four years later has the chance to be chosen to stand with the royals surrounding the Queen, she'll do what she can to make her parents proud. But as she stands on the dias, several things become clear. Her red hair will never fit in with the black of everyone else, others will never see her as someone who fits in, and her fear of darkness in a world of black carries a dreadful meaning she's not ready to face. Siria's worst nightmare is about to come true—she is the monster the Queen and her parents fear most.

I was looking forward to reading this one, and it is a tale to get lost in. The world in this book is vivid and bold, making it hard not to sink into it. While the blurb makes it clear that darkness reigns and an evil queen will have more than a few thrills throughout the plot, I was surprised (and thrilled) when mages, nymphs, dwarves and more mystical creatures stomped onto the stage. Especially when they blend right into the tale with as much finesse as they did here. These characters alone made this a book with reading, although Siria is an intriguing character in many ways herself.

Siria fits the role of a special snowflake in many ways, and this is something I'm not usually a huge fan of. She has secret, overwhelming strong powers and must learn to wield said powers from nothing. And lets not forget the chosen savior of their world and super strong heroine who can defeat anyone with a wink (if she gets those powers to go work). But her ample rough edges and corners...and a lack of arrogance...keep the cliche aspects from hitting too hard. Plus, she's got plenty to learn and enough character arc as she's thrown into a world she's hated all of her life. I just would have liked to get to know her a little better before her life flipped upside down.

What really makes this book (besides the world) is the side characters. They are rich and bold and simply a treat to accompany. These are what makes Siria an interesting character. Add the darkness to light aspect and an evil witch Queen who is determined to hold on to her power no matter what, and it's a read to cuddle up with and enjoy.

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Hanna C. Howard’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, August 17th: What is That Book About – giveaway

Monday, August 17th: @thereadingroom444

Tuesday, August 18th: @metalheadreader

Thursday, August 20th: Hallie Reads and @h.szott

Monday, August 24th: Amy’s Book-et List and @amysbooketlist

Wednesday, August 26th: Shelf-rated and @shelfrated

Thursday, August 27th: @amanda.the.bookish

Monday, August 31st: @thecityofdarkclockwork

Tuesday, September 1st: Sincerely, Karen Jo

Wednesday, September 2nd: Living My Best Book Life and @livingmybestbooklife

Friday, September 4th: @the_readers_nook

Monday, September 7th: Write Read Life

Wednesday, September 9th: @createexploreread

Wednesday, September 9th: Bookworm for Kids

Thursday, September 10th: @jessicamap

1 comment:

Sara Strand said...

Oh this sounds fantastic! Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours