The Unknown Sun
by Cheryl S. Mackey
My rating: 5 stars
Series - The Destiny Series - Book 1
Publication Date: April 29, 2014
Publisher: Cheryl S. Mackey
Print Length: 340 pages
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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,
The Unknown Sun by Cheryl S. Mackey
Moira is different, in school she is an outcast, the girl who cheated death, twice. She is also the scarred girl, inside and out and her past haunts her. Why was she still alive when her family is now gone? She should have died, but Fate or perhaps another being seems to think she needs to live, but why? What on Earth could this damaged girl be needed for? Or does the answer lie within the question? Perhaps she is needed in another world and perhaps someone is willing to stop at nothing to assure that she never gets there. When an attacker seems to know too much about her dark past, her time may be up on Earth as he goes for the kill, and that’s when two winged warriors come to her aid and fly her off to their dying world of Skyfall…and our adventure begins.
The gods protecting Skyfall have vanished long ago and only a hidden, powerful journal contains the answers to save this world. A prophecy tells of a savior who will bring back the gods and save Skyfall. Is Moira that savior? Will she be able to complete the mission with the help of Airi and Belamar, her winged saviors and heirs to throne? Has someone reached through time and space to fulfill Moira’s true destiny? Will she find the missing gods known as the Four and convince them to save Skyfall or will another angry and more powerful god stand in their way? Where are the missing gods collectively named The Unknown Sun?
The quest will not be easy, danger and treachery are all around these three and the shrouded mysteries they unveil may be all that saves them. Will it be enough?
Uniquely dark, wickedly mysterious and filled with characters from another world and time, The Unknown Sun by Cheryl S. Mackey is young adult fantasy with the author’s own spin on fate, destiny and bravery with just a touch of romance carefully wedged in. A human girl who has been the bullied victim, expected to become a hero actually has to grow into her role and be helped by both of her winged saviors. Moira is so out of her element, yet hopeful at finally finding her “place” in the world, but she is untrained, untested. Airi is a beautiful, confident warrior with great instincts and talents. Her twin, Belamar becomes the romantic interest, wings and all, foretold to be Moira’s protector, their chemistry is tentative and youthful.
Ms. Mackey has provided a world filled with history and detail that is so vivid, it becomes alive in itself. There is tension, insecurity, battles and personal trials to overcome, but never once did I lose sight of the plot or the mission. Knowing how to bring reality to fantasy is a gift that Cheryl Mackey displays to great effect, from the simple day to day actions to the great build up at the end. Wonderfully written, well-paced and intriguing, there is never a dull moment or snag in her words as she invites us to use our imaginations to gain entrance into Skyfall’s world.
I was a part of this story, watching each scene unfold and each character grow at their own pace, fantasy or not, these characters were living and breathing beings!
I received this copy from Cheryl S. Mackey in exchange for my honest review.