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Fran Wilde's HORIZON is a perfectly fitted ending to an uplifting trilogy, even though it doesn't feel like the end. The writing is happily invisible, leaving the reader thoroughly immersed in the break-neck story and the Tolkien-sized universe Wilde teases us with.
Narratively HORIZON ties up all the major loose ends for our heroes, leaving me satisfied with their respective fates, even though one character's final chapter had me in tears at 3AM.
There are enough adroit plot twists and turns of loyalty or motive that I often felt buffeted with surprise, but never to the point where I felt lost in the clouds as things fell into place.
It's hard to review a stunning trilogy ending work of this intricate magnitude—either you're here with me on the journey's last leg or you're a new reader, and you owe it to yourself to start with UPDRAFT, to discover the secrets of the amazing Bone Universe just as I and many others did. If the latter is the case, welcome to the grand adventure!
Technical things: The pacing was perfect. It was a literal page-turner for me, to the point I finished at 4AM, after reading all night long.
I really really want an illustration filled companion book. Or a graphic novel. Or an HBO series. This world is so artfully created the beauty of it begs to be rendered visually.
I need more books set in this universe.
Fran Wilde's epic tale begs for more volumes to explore everything hinted at in this third book.
If you haven't guessed it I heartily recommend you buy this book and finish this amazing trilogy. Because wow good fiction this artful and unique is too rare to pass up.
Fran Wilde has done it again! This is a great book! I could not put it down. The third book in the Bone Universe series introduces a third viewpoint but also restores and shares with the viewpoints from the first two books. I loved it! I felt constant wonder and truly satisfied in the further exploration of this universe. The pace felt unrelenting, it held me riveted. I felt the characters were written incredibly well, and the world continued to hold surprise after surprise. I got all my questions answered. The resolution and ending was so pleasing because it wasn’t happily ever after, it wasn’t perfect, but it felt real and legitimate and still made me happy. Again I applaud Fran Wilde for a feat of imagination that twisted and turned in ways I didn’t expect. If she writes anything else in this world I am already sold!
I struggled a little with how many stars to give because I did skim through parts - it's the story of a catastrophe and a culture's fight for survival, but told more through the thoughts and feelings and social dynamics of the main characters than anything else. And... people are tedious. They fuss over their own internal and interpersonal issues when what I really wanted was descriptions of the world and technology, especially when the Big Things were happening. I didn't like any of the characters enough to care how they felt. But I couldn't put it down! I was sucked in to the end, wanting to know what happened next. I think for readers who like to really deeply connect with the thoughts and feelings of characters, this is a great book - great series - so I'm going with four stars. If you're more the sort of reader who likes to discover the characters through their decisions and reactions... just know you may be doing some skimming, and even skipping over passages.
I still remember the haunting images of at the end of CLOUDBOUND, and that vision informs this entire book. The action has shifted from the towers to the clouds, and then to the ground. The characters, real and fully realized, wrestle with the abrupt wrenching of their worldviews. The foundation of their entire lives has been violently, and they must come together in order to survive.
I was especially impressed by the author's POV shift from chapter to chapter. It's not an easy thing to do, but she carries it off well here, and we never lose the nuances that distinguish the individuals.
Let us hope this is the first of many excellent trilogies from Ms. Wilde.
I was nervous jumping into this book, as so many third books in trilogies have really disappointed me (hello, Mockingjay, talking to you!). Thank goodness Horizon continued to capture my imagination with engaging, strong-but-flawed, believable characters the same way the first two books did.
For me the details of the expanded universe were sometimes hard to follow; sometimes I needed to re-read a paragraph to fully picture what was happening. But hey I had to do the same with Moby Dick!
If you loved the first two books in this series I am confident you'll find this a satisfying (and at times exhilarating) conclusion!
A fantastic conclusion to Fran Wilde's 'Bone Universe' series, this book follows Kirit, Nat, Macal, and the others through the destruction of what they thought was their world, and into a new world...that might not be very hospitable. There's amazing worldbuilding, characters that stick with you, and prose that sings from the first page to the last. A really great read.
Jumping into the end of a trilogy is never easy. Especially one as rich and vivid as the Bone Universe by Fran Wilde. Having not read the previous two books, Updraft and Cloudbound, I really had no idea what to expect. But, the amazing cover and synopsis drew me in and the fantasy lover inside of me could not resist.
Horizon is told from multiple perspectives: Macal, Kirit, and Nat. Being a lover of the first person perspective, I dove right into to each magical point of view. I will admit though, that not having read the other novels, it did take me a moment to fully understand the world and its heartbeat. Some might even say Horizon is more science fiction than fantasy with a steampunk-ish feel, which to the authors’ credit, shows how much of an amazing writer she is. The world Wilde created is gritty, raw, intense, and full of mystery and moving (almost living) cities. Within each page, readers can feel the urgency of the characters and their fight for survival. There are a lot of strong personalities in the story, each one fighting to save their home. And navigating these cities, either by sky or on the ground, is no easy task.
If you are wanting a fantasy that speaks on ecological desolation, climate catastrophe, deadly air battles, towers that fall from the sky, and characters that will make you root for them, then I highly recommend Horizon. Although I do suggest, start at the beginning (as I wish I had) so that you can fully appreciate the magnificence that is the Bone Universe. Overall, it’s a fantastic read for teens and adults alike.
Originally Reviewed at: Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 3.5 - 4 Controllers