Black Wings Beating (The Skybound Saga #1) (Hardcover)
For generations, ravens, hawks, and other birds of prey have been tamed and groomed into human companions...and weapons. Twins Kylee and Brysen have spent their whole lives training in the bird business. However, Brysen runs off to the battle pits or to his boyfriend most nights, so Kylee is left to shoulder the weight of the business on her own. All she has to do is finish paying off her father's debts and then she'll be free, but when Brysen takes on an impossible task--to trap a ghost eagle in order to save his boyfriend's life--Kylee decides to follow him. On a race to the top of the mountain where the ghost eagle resides, Kylee and Brysen run into friends and foes alike, and nothing can prepare them for what they find at the end of their adventure. Readers will be begging for a sequel as soon as they turn the last page. —Kelsie (RBB Staff)— From Black Wings Beating
"Epic thrills, heart-punching romance, and a marvel of a hero" --Adam Silvera, New York Times-bestselling author of They Both Die at the End
The people of Uztar have long looked to the sky with hope and wonder. Nothing in their world is more revered than the birds of prey and no one more honored than the falconers who call them to their fists.
Brysen strives to be a great falconer—while his twin sister, Kylee, rejects her ancient gifts for the sport and wishes to be free of falconry. She’s nearly made it out, too, but a war is rolling toward their home in the Six Villages, and no bird or falconer will be safe.
Together the twins must journey into the treacherous mountains to trap the Ghost Eagle, the greatest of the Uztari birds and a solitary killer. Brysen goes for the boy he loves and the glory he's long craved, and Kylee to atone for her past and to protect her brother's future. But both are hunted by those who seek one thing: power.
In this first young-adult fantasy novel in a trilogy, Alex London launches a soaring saga about the memories that haunt us, the histories that hunt us, and the bonds of blood between us.
About the Author
Alex London is the beloved author of the middle-grade series, Tides of War, Dog Tags, and The Wild Ones. His young-adult novel Proxy, was an ALA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers and was included in their 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults List, the Texas Lone Star Reading List, and the TAYSHAS Reading List selection, among many other state reading lists. He lives in Philadelphia.
"With political intrigue, epic battle sequences, jolts of romance, and strong female and queer characters, there's a lot to pique readers' interests here. But it's the unique world-building and beautifully complex sibling relationship that make this a must-read. Readers will be swept away in this book's talons." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"With dynamic world building . . . this trilogy opener is a captivating, layered adventure that explores the bonds of siblings in an unforgiving world. Stock up—this one will make the rounds." -- Booklist
"Black Wings Beating takes the fantasy genre to soaring new heights with its epic thrills, heart-punching romance, and a marvel of a hero." --Adam Silvera, New York Times Bestselling author of They Both Die at the End
"Enter the gritty culture of cutthroat falconry in Alexander London's Black Wings Beating and prepare to be riveted. This book has so much to recommend it that I don't know where to begin: clever writing, boisterous, endearing characters, and threats coming from every direction, be they dark wings in the sky or a band of nomadic zealots with a reputation for slaughter. You'll be caught up in the adventure from the first chapter. And did I mention the falcons? You'll fall in love with the falcons." --Kendare Blake, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Three Dark Crowns
"A ferocious fantasy world coupled with two formidable protagonists, Black Wings Beating is a heart-pounding story that lures readers deep into the high-stakes tradition of falconry, and challenges them to examine what they'd be willing to do in order to protect those they love. Stunning and arresting; a must-read." --Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times Bestselling author of The Belles and the Tiny Pretty Things series
"Black Wings Beating is an incredible journey, unlike anything I have ever read before. Awaiting you in its pages are a uniquely crafted world, high stakes, an incredibly difficult and dangerous quest, and a brother and sister who you will root for, care about, and want desperately to hug. London has created an incredible novel that will leave you desperately awaiting the follow up." --Rachel Strolle, Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville, IL
"Black Wings Beating captured my attention from the very beginning! I was willingly tethered to this book until I finished! Full of action, intrigue, suspense and love, I was captivated by the world of falconry and these two siblings' journey." --Kristin Treviño, Youth & Digital Services Librarian, Irving Public Library-South Irving Library