Fall of Sky City by S.M. Blooding

Book 1 of the Devices of War Trilogy

In a world governed by the opposing forces of the mystical House of Tarot and the tribal Great Families, Synn is caught in the crossfire. He witnesses the slaughter of innocent people, and the devastating murder of his father. This act awakens his Mark of power, a Mark greater than any the world has seen in a very long time.

Queen Nix thought she won a great prize when she destroyed Synn’s father, the leader of the strongest Great Families. She had no idea she’d be doubly blessed by capturing his son. However, before Synn can become her treasured weapon, before she can use him to bring the rest of the world to its knees, she must break him and bind his soul to hers.

She does her job with brutal brilliance. Synn’s mind is broken and his soul is seared to hers in an unbreakable bond.

That doesn’t stop him from wanting to be free. She may have broken his mind and claimed his soul, but he will find a way to destroy her.

Experience a world of ships that sail the clouds and cites buried beneath the ocean, and survive the fiery battle brought forth by those who control the forces of nature!

This book is the 1st in the Devices of War trilogy and introduces the characters and the plot. This book has a lot of rich description. The different groups or families live in sync with animals and depend upon each other to survive. Some of the people are more comfortable in the air, some land and some water. The descriptions of the strange creatures are interesting, especially how they interact with each other.

>The conflict in the story comes from a group of people who sound a bit like the Nazis. They are purging anyone they don’t deem pure, in this case, with a mark on their bodies showing they have some kind of extra ability. This group is run by the evil queen Nix. Her city, Sky City, is a technological marvel, but anyone in the city is nothing more than a prisoner.
>Synn is a 17 year old captured by Queen Nix. He is both tortured and sexually assaulted, repeatedly, by Nix. Up until Synn admits what was done to him, the story was totally YA. After Synn recalls in flashback the queen assaulting him, the book turns to adult. I was confused as to the audience the book is trying to cater to.
>The action in the book is fast moving and the characters are interesting. Synn and his friends are all different types of people and learn to work together to accomplish good. There seems to be the hint of a love interest between Synn and Keeley, but it doesn’t go anywhere. This book is trying to be appropriate for a young adult audience, but it is more for an adult audience. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from Romance Authors that Rock. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I am giving this story 4 stars.
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