Sunburner (Moonburner #2) by Claire Luana

Last week I reviewed book one in this series. If you’ve read it, and of course you read it, you will know that I LOVED book one. Well, with book two I need to find an adjective that is stronger than love. This second book was amazing, wonderful, terrific, fantastic, and whatever positive adjective I can use. Before I go on, let me say that even though you could start with this book, but I think you would get way more enjoyment out of it if you read book one first. The other thing I need to let you know you could easily finish both books in a weekend.

The plot of this book is face-paced and will speed the reader to the end. As I read it, I could not read it fast enough because I wanted to know what came next. The characters are so well developed they felt like real people. It was more than just seeing them in my mind’s eye. The author created character paintings using words, dialog, setting, and conflict.

As with every fantasy book, world building is crucial. This world felt like my world. There were times when I knew what happened next, not because it was predictable, but rather because the author set everything up so well I KNEW this world.

There is nothing deep or worldly insight in this story. However, it was completely enjoyable and for a few hours I escape my ordinary life and walked in the shoes of one rockstar queen who will do anything to save her people.

No one said being queen was easy…
Kai, the newly-crowned queen of Miina, finds her reign threatened by a plague of natural disasters that leave death and destruction in their wake. Are the gods truly angry at the peace between the moon and sunburners, or is something more sinister to blame? Kai’s throne and her very life may be forfeit unless she can appease the gods’ anger and her peoples’ superstitions.
Determined to find a solution, Kai and the Sunburner Prince Hiro embark on an extraordinary and dangerous journey to discover the true cause of the plagues. What they find is an ancient enemy determined to plunge their world into eternal darkness — and one desperate chance to save it.
Sunburner, the sequel to Moonburner, is a young adult fantasy that will appeal to fans of Sabaa Tahir, Sarah J. Maas, and Leigh Bardugo.

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Claire Luana grew up reading everything she could get her hands on and writing every chance she could. Eventually, adulthood won out, and she turned her writing talents to more scholarly pursuits, going to work as a commercial litigation attorney at a mid-sized law firm. While continuing to practice law, Claire decided to return to her roots and try her hand once again at creative writing. She has written and published the Moonburner Cycle and is currently working on a new trilogy about magical food. She lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband and two dogs. In her (little) remaining spare time, she loves to hike, travel, binge-watch CW shows, and of course, fall into a good book.

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