Book Review: The Unknown Sun by Cheryl S. Mackey

CMackey_TheUnknownSun_1800x2700Title: The Unknown Sun

Author: Cheryl S. Mackey

Genre: YA Fantasy

Age Group: Young Adult

Rating: 4 stars


Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

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, dead?

The Unknown Sun is an interesting YA Fantasy novella that offers solid writing, an easy-to-relate to heroine, an intriguing cast of secondary characters, and plenty of plot twists. The book starts by introducing us to seventeen-year-old Moira, who lost her parents and sisters in several freak accidents. She gets attacked by a strange boy who seems to know way more about her past than she does. Twin brothers Airi and Belamar rescue Moira, and take her to the safety of their own world, Skyfall.

Skyfall is dying, and the gods who created the world, are missing. Moira must help the twins find a journal left behind by their mother to find out about the prophecy to save Skyfall.

The plot is fast-paced, and I was surprised by the originality and creativity author Cheryl S. Mackey offered throughout the book. I enjoyed seeing the character’s change and develop. Belamar was easily my favorite character of the bunch, but Moira was a close second.

I would recommend this book to all fans of YA Fantasy looking for something different and unique.

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