The Unknown Sun (Destiny Series Book 1) by Cheryl S. Mackey
4 out of 5 Stars
*I was provided a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*
With scars on the inside and outside from accidents that took her family’s lives and should have taken hers—twice—seventeen-year-old Moira hides from the world and tries to stay invisible. When a strange boy attacks her, Moira fears the third time will finally be the end of her life. Instead of dying, Moira is saved by twins Airi and Belamar and taken to their world. Moira innately feels she can trust the winged twins, who are heirs to the throne of Skyfall, a world that is dying and that the three will need to save.
The Immortals who once protected Skyfall have been missing for centuries. Bel, Airi, and Moira are sent on a quest to find the twins’ mother’s diary, which provides information on how to find the Immortals and who is behind all the chaos. Once a nobody teenager, Moira now finds herself with powers beyond even the Immortals and courage she didn’t know she was capable of. The three need to journey into dangerous territory to restore the statues that will release the Immortals and then figure out how to restore Skyfall to its former glory.
The Unknown Sun is a young adult fantasy novel that builds on the foundation laid out in the novella The Immortals: Part One: Shadows & Starstone. Although the two works go together, you do not have to read The Immortals in order to understand The Unknown Sun. Enough background information is provided to make the novel feel like a standalone book. That said, the story doesn’t end at the conclusion of The Unknown Sun. The quest Moira, Bel, and Airi are on is not finished. I am not typically a fan of cliffhanger endings, so I was happy to find this story did not end on a cliffhanger. Although the quest will continue in the next book, there was a satisfying ending to The Unknown Sun. The author found a good place to stop one story before the novel moved into the “way too long” category. Are there unresolved issues? Of course. But there was enough resolution to leave me feeling satisfied when I was done.
As for the story, it had me hooked right from the beginning. There is plenty of action and quite a bit of mystery as the plot moves along. The main character goes through a good deal of growth—from a teenage nobody hiding behind her hair to stay invisible to a brave leader standing up for what she believes is right.
There is also a little bit of romance and a lot of friendship. When Moira meets Belamar and Airi, the beautiful winged twins who saved her on Earth, she knows she can trust them. The three develop a close friendship, which is something Moira has never had before. She’d lay down her life for either one of them, and they would do the same for her. Bel and Moira have a draw between them, and Bel’s protectiveness of Moira made me swoon many times. The author accomplished this bond with minimal fuss—little actions like Bel using his wings or body to protect Moira, or making a bed of furs for her so she’d be comfortable, or just a comforting arm around her shoulders. This is definitely a young adult romance. It’s clean and simple, and friendship is the primary focus.
The descriptions of the characters were spot-on, providing a good visual for the different types of people. I could easily picture each scene, to the point where this book read more like a movie going through my head. My only complaint would be that at times it felt overly descriptive and somewhat distracting. Some of it could have been cut down to have a cleaner read.
There were also quite a few grammatical errors, but thankfully not enough to draw me out of the plot. It definitely held my attention from beginning to end.
Overall, this was a very enjoyable story. I look forward to the next book in the series and finishing the quest with Moira, Bel, and Airi.
My review for The Immortals: Part One: Shadows & Starstone can be found here.