Black Wings Beating (Skybound #1) by Alex London

Black Wings Beating (Skybound #1)

The people of Uztar have long looked to the sky with hope and wonder. Nothing in their world is more revered than the birds of prey and no one more honored than the falconers who call them to their fists.Brysen strives to be a great falconer--while his twin sister, Kylee, rejects her ancient gifts for the sport and wishes to be free of falconry. She's nearly made it out, too, but a war is rolling toward their home in the Six Villages, and no bird...

Details Black Wings Beating (Skybound #1)

TitleBlack Wings Beating (Skybound #1)
Release DateSep 25th, 2018
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Lgbt

Reviews Black Wings Beating (Skybound #1)

  • Adam Silvera
    OFFICIAL BLURB: "BLACK WINGS BEATING takes the fantasy genre to soaring new heights with its epic thrills, heart-punching romance, and a marvel of a hero."So happy I got to read BWB early. Alex London does some one-of-a-kind storytelling here. (While waiting for this one, I definitely recommend checking out his futuristic thrillers PROXY and GUARDIAN. I really love those books too!)
  • Lola
    At first glance, this may seem like an original tale. (The cover sure is.) After all, who knew birds could play such a huge role in a story.But the more I read, the less impressed I became. I did find the idea of training birds for different purposes interesting, and even fighting an opponent for money along with your trained bird.Except, when it came time to discuss the war that may or may not happen, I was like, ‘‘Here we go again.’’ Pe...
  • Mackenzi
    Hi, I love this book.
  • Shelflove
    Loved this book so much! The writing was just exquisite and to die for! Unlike anything, I have ever read before!
  • Sylvie Bower
  • Alicia
    I gave this one a good ol' college try with an awesome cover and some falconry but there wasn't much of a story to build that I realized I wasn't getting in to it and skimmed through until the end and realized I didn't miss much for it's thickness. It really only moved a tick forward in creating a series that could have probably been an awesome and thoughtful retelling standalone but instead gives it up to being another derivative series.
  • Rachel Strolle
    You've never read a fantasy quite like thisOfficial blurbage to come :D
  • Jessica Mae
    The description had me at “falconry”. Holy freaking falcons Batman, I’m looking forward to reading this!
  • CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
    3.5 Stars! This is a dark, fascinating YA fantasy that didn't quite meet my (admittedly high) expectations. I loved the world-building of this dangerous place on the brink of war that revolves around falconry and birds of prey as status and commerce. It felt completely new and unique as far as a fantasy world goes. None of the usual dwarves and elves, etc., although there is an epic quest! Who doesn't love an epic quest. One of my favourite thing...
  • Alyssa
    This book was so much fun and so creative! It’s like an epic falconry treasure hunt! This book has the best written sibling dynamic than any other book I’ve read. It perfectly describes what it’s like to have a brother or sister and to love them so unconditionally. The world building was incredible and the story sucks you right in. Would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun book with action, romance, and all the drama!
  • Fran
    Just gorgeous. With bonus monster birds.
  • Kath (Read Forevermore)
    An arc of this book was sent to me by Fierce Reads (FSG) in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.OKAY! WOW! I AM S H O C K E D! This book was just THAT good!I came into this book a little hesitant due to my past experiences with diverse fantasy books. But this book just came in and swooped all that hesitation away. It blew my mind.In this book, Alex London has created a unique and fascinating world with characters t...
  • Katya
    Compelling, classically paced fantasy -- violent and unpredictable, full of falcons and fierce attachments. Love the brother and sister pair at the center of the story, and their fraught alliance.
  • Megan Manzano
  • Natasha
    Ok, first things first. Alex London is a new to me author. I haven't read any of his previous works before. And I am a total cover lover. This cover Drew me in, piqued my interest. And I love birds. (Ok I love almost all animals. But something about birds... I love reading about them.) And this blurb had me wanting to know what happens...Brysen and Kylee are twins living in the Six Villages. Brysen strives to be a great falconer. And his sister...
  • Jo Ladzinski
    Read as an ARC picked up at ALA AC 2018Like birds? Like journeys? Like impossible quests? Are twins your thing? How about compelling relationships between, well, everyone? Look no further than this fantasy YA about twins Brysen and Kylee on a quest to catch the dangerous ghost eagle and the friends they make along the way.My bird, was I moved by the end of this book. Kylee and Brysen's familial love and devotion to each other is so tangible. Kyle...
  • Shelumiel Delos Santos
    Black Wings Beating is SO good! It is so much more than I hoped for, and that says a lot, given how much I love the Proxy duology. It is EPIC and GRIPPING and EXCEEDINGLY ORIGINAL. It is QUEER in the most beautiful of ways.It is a story of power and bravery. Of longing and heroism. Of hurt. Of betrayal. Of forgiveness. It is a story of political intrigues and the fierce, complicated bond between siblings. All grounded in love.Like Brysen’s gosh...
  • Kat
    #Edelweiss #MustRead2018Alex London has an intriguing young adult novel with winged monsters, twins, and it's a series. I really enjoyed this novel. I am not going to recap the synopsis. If you are a fan of this author, you will enjoy it just on the premise. If you are not a fan, you will be after reading this novel. It hooks you in and sinks it's talons.
  • E M
    alexander london has done it again. amazing world building and a unique concept. A+ characters that i cannot wait to see again—beautiful in terms of its thoughtful attention to creating lush and beautifully diverse characters in a way that makes it clear that being human happens in innumerable ways and that being different than what may be traditionally expected of a person is not a spectacle but a natural part of life.i have been waiting for n...
  • Casey Jo
    OMG! London's writing is frighteningly visceral. Who is this dude? I'm so ready for #2.A world where falconry is deeply woven into the culture, and a family with a messed-up Dad and two siblings who learn to grow beyond that. And I LOVE that queerness is an unremarkable part of this world. YES YES YES YES YES!!!!!(view spoiler)[The chosen-one-who-doesn't-want-it-and-unchosen-one-who-does is certainly a motif, but it's well done. Not derivative at...
  • Ada
    I really wanted to like this book, but it just wasn't for me. The beginning was really clunky and it didn't pick up until over halfway through. I couldn't relate to either of the main characters, and all of the twists were super predictable.
  • Laura
    Wow! I was so pulled into this book that I had trouble doing other things, because all I wanted to do was read it! I described this to someone as Jandy Nelson's I'll Give You the Sun meets Lloyd Alexander's Prydain series. (And as someone who adored both of those, that's high praise!) This fantasy book (the first in what I hope will be a long series) takes place in a bird-centric world. Those who can "tame" the birds (falconers) have some power, ...
  • Charlene
    Wow! I am in love with this novel. It's the first in a series and I'm definitely eager to read book two. Since this is an ARC and the title isn't releasing until October 2018, I have a lengthy wait ahead of me. In this novel, the author has created a world and characters that are fascinating and easy to connect with. I was invested in the story from really early on. A must read. Longer review to come closer to publication date.
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    OK I'm torn about this book you guys. So the world is interesting and the girl twin is an interesting character with cool powers, but the other twin? I couldn't stand him-- he was whiny and sad and not likeable in the least. The book felt very much like just a prologue to what was to follow, but it was hard for me to get through this book since I wasn't very invested in the plot or that main character. Not sure I'm sticking around for the rest of...