Ignite The Sun is a YA fantasy written by Hanna Howard. This is my tour stop for the TBR and Beyond Tours blog tour, be sure to check out the other hosts here. At the end of this review there will be a giveaway so stay tuned for that 🙂
Introduction To Ignite The Sun
Queen Iyzabel has shrouded the kingdom in darkness, leaving sunlight an old legend. Unable to satisfy her quench for lightness, sixteen year old Siria enlists the help of rebels so that lightness may return back to the kingdom. Full synopsis here.
Plot of Ignite The Sun
The concept of this book is amazing and I love the play on lightness and darkness. I especially loved the different mythological beings such as banshees, elves, nymphs, dwarves naiads and more. It was an interesting dynamic and whilst I wish we got to know more of the side characters, I understand that this is a chosen one story so the focus is on Siria. Whilst there were unbelievable aspects of the story, such as Siria being able to battle people who have had years of training, I did find myself fully gripped and immersed within the story.
I adored the relationship between Siria and Linden, with the childhood friends to lovers trope- this was done so well! Even Siria’s relationship with older characters, I got the teacher and student trope vibe from them!
The writing whilst easy to read, often played on show rather then tell. Because of this, I found I wasn’t able to connect to all of the characters. Also, some scenes were longer then needed whilst others were merely explained within a few sentences. The world building is my favourite aspect of this book, it’s unfortunate that we weren’t able to explore that more!
Each character had their own individual backstory which was so interesting. They all had a purpose and weren’t there for the sake of a plot device too. Although, I wish we got to know more of their personality and see why the group was so close knit. For me, I love it when character banter in books lightens up the tension, but there wasn’t much of that for me.
For spoiler reasons, I’ll only describe my thoughts on Siria!
Whatever she knew growing up has basically been a lie and so readers watch her internal struggle deciding between what is fact and fiction. A fierce young heroine, desperate to return order and happiness to her world. Siria’s character is relatable and realistic, I don’t think I ever felt frustrated with her in the book.
Conclusion Of Ignite The Sun
Overall, I’d rate this 3 stars. Whilst there are some flaws in this book, I did enjoy it. I’m sure Hanna Howard’s books to come will be bettered and improved. And I will be reading her next work!
About The Author
Hanna C. Howard spent most of her childhood wondering how she might avoid growing up, and eventually solved the conundrum by becoming an artist and a writer. She considers tea an essential food group, has more books than shelf space, and thinks the ultimate geek triumvirate is Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Doctor Who. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with her husband and son,their Disreputable Dog, and a cat skilled in the martial arts.
Giveaway (US Only)
A signed finished copy of Ignite The Sun and exclusive mug swag pack.
Starts: 11th August 2020
Ends: 18th August 2020
I’d love to know your thoughts on this blog post! And my last review is another YA fantasy, linked here.