*This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is no way swayed my opinions.*
**Warning! If you haven’t read The Storyspinner which is the first book in The Keepers’ Chronicles duology by Becky Wallace, there will be spoilers ahead. You can read my review of the first book instead if you haven’t started the series yet!**
The Skylighter by Becky Wallace is the conclusion to The Keepers’ Chronicles duology. It picks up exactly where The Storyspinner leaves off and things have gotten pretty intense. I’ve been hearing that you’ll enjoy The Skylighter most if you re-read The Storyspinner prior to jumping back into the world. Luckily for me, I read The Storyspinner last month so the details were already very fresh in my mind and I wasn’t at all confused when I began reading. I’m so happy that this series was told over two books instead of being stretched into a trilogy because that really would’ve been unnecessary. Every aspect of the story is described in full and each storyline is wrapped up at the conclusion. Overall, The Skylighter provides a very satisfying ending.
Following in the footsteps of its predecessor, The Storyspinner, The Skylighter works really well with multiple perspectives. The switching narratives were one of my favorite aspects of the first book it continued to be in the final installment. Each character uniquely contributes a portion to the larger story being told and the reader would not get as much out of the tale without having firsthand knowledge of each character’s motivations. The second book focuses much more on The Keepers whereas Johanna and Rafi had been the stars of book one. I have to say that I was completely surprised by Dom, Rafi’s younger and less mature brother. He really underwent a ton of character growth in The Skylighter and I found myself looking forward to his chapters. I remained completely invested in Johanna and Rafi and their relationship took a ton of turns that I hadn’t been expecting. Becky Wallace did a fantastic job crafting their story.
Again, I was enthralled with the world-building in the first book and the conclusion continued to impress. We traveled to places outside Santarem and saw how the other provinces within the kingdom were being managed. I think it was really important for both Rafi and Johanna to see what goes on throughout the entire kingdom instead of having a limited perspective of only one section. The Keepers’ Chronicles duology is unlike any fantasy series I’ve ever read. The story and circumstances are completely original and it’s heavily influenced by hispanic culture and The Skylighter is much more magic heavy than The Storyspinner. Plus, I really loved the ending.
Final Thoughts: The Skylighter by Becky Wallace is the perfect ending to The Keepers Chronicles’ duology. The world-building is unique and unlike any other fantasy world I’ve ever read. The characters are diverse and the world is inspired by Hispanic culture. There were constant twists as the story wraps up and all of the occurrences are far from predictable. If it’s been a while since you read The Storyspinner I would definitely recommend giving it a re-read before jumping into the conclusion.
Johanna and Rafi are in a race against time to save their country before a power-mad Keeper destroys everything they hold dear in the “enthralling magical world” (Cinda Williams Chima, author of The Heir Chronicles) introduced in The Storyspinner.
As the last of the royal line, Johanna is the only person who can heal a magical breach in the wall that separates her kingdom of Santarem from the land of the Keepers, legendary men and women who wield elemental magic. The barrier protects Santarem from those Keepers who might try to take power over mere humans…Keepers who are determined to stop Johanna and seize the wall’s power for themselves.
And they’re not the only ones. As the duchys of Santarem descend into war over the throne, Johanna relies more than ever on the advice of her handsome companion, Lord Rafael DeSilva. But Rafi is a duke too, and his people come first. As their friendship progresses into the beginnings of a tender relationship, Johanna must wonder: is Rafi looking out for her happiness, or does he want the throne for himself?
With war on the horizon, Johanna and Rafi dodge treacherous dukes and Keeper assassins as they race to through the countryside, determined to strengthen the wall before it’s too late…even if it means sacrificing their happiness for the sake of their world. (via Goodreads)