Fran Wilde: UPDRAFT

What’s this? A review from Alex that’s not part of the Epic Reading Project? May wonders never cease.

In a city of living bone rising high above the clouds, where danger hides in the wind and the ground is lost to legend, a young woman must expose a dangerous secret to save everyone she loves.

Welcome to a world of wind and bone, songs and silence, betrayal and courage.

Kirit Densira cannot wait to pass her wingtest and begin flying as a trader by her mother’s side, being in service to her beloved home tower and exploring the skies beyond. When Kirit inadvertently breaks Tower Law, the city’s secretive governing body, the Singers, demand that she become one of them instead. In an attempt to save her family from greater censure, Kirit must give up her dreams to throw herself into the dangerous training at the Spire, the tallest, most forbidding tower, deep at the heart of the City.

As she grows in knowledge and power, she starts to uncover the depths of Spire secrets. Kirit begins to doubt her world and its unassailable Laws, setting in motion a chain of events that will lead to a haunting choice, and may well change the city forever—if it isn’t destroyed outright.

So. UPDRAFT. This is just a fantastic book, okay? I could try to write a really pitch-heavy summary of it, using phrases like “riveting” and “delightfully original” and “alright, but invisible sky kraken, you guys, let’s talk about how cool that is”, but you can go to the Goodreads page and take your pick of those.

As you know if you have been reading this blog for more than five minutes, worldbuilding is one of my hot buttons. I love worldbuilding, I love thorough and meticulous attention to detail, I love immersion. From the trash thrown down to the lower levels of the sky-scraping towers of living bone, to the tips of Kirit Densira’s spider-silk wings, Wilde has written a world simply lush with detail, delivered in a tidy little package tied up with some honestly gorgeous turns of phrase.

Go buy this book immediately. It’s great.

And guys. Guys. Invisible sky kraken, you guys. 



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