Fantasy, Childrens Middle Grade, Adventure
Simon & Schuster UK
January 25th 2018
In the snowy kingdom of Erkenwald, whales glide between icebergs, wolves hunt on the tundra and polar bears roam the glaciers. But the people of this land aren’t so easy to find - because Erkenwald is ruled by an evil Ice Queen and the tribes must stay hidden or risk becoming her prisoners at Winterfang Palace. Join Eska, a girl who breaks free from a cursed music box, and Flint, a boy whose inventions could change the fate of Erkenwald forever, as they journey to the Never Cliffs and beyond in search of an ancient, almost forgotten, song with the power to force the Ice Queen back. This is a story about an eagle huntress, an inventor and an organ made of icicles. But it is also a story about belonging, even at the very edges of our world . . .
Oh my gosh, what a beautifully lyrical read.
Every time I would go into Waterstones, I kept seeing Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone. Eventually, I started to hear more about it on Twitter. My curiosity was of course at an all-time high. So I decided to pick it up.
There was something incredibly magical in the way that Elphinstone writes. It kept me turning the pages and wanting to find out what happens next. The locations in Sky Song were so beautiful and described in a way that can make you smell it. The characters as well are super in-depth and gosh… I just loved this book, okay?
The concept of an evil Ice Queen taking all the adults away and stealing their voices was cruel and different. The children also needed to keep themselves hidden away before they too were taken away and kept as a prisoner.
Enter the girl who stole my heart. Eska, a girl who was trapped by the cruel Ice Queen but with the help of Flint, manages to escape her prison. She soon discovers that she must find a way to break the curse the Ice Queen has brought to their lands and search for a lost song. A Song only she can sing – The Sky Song.
“I think gentleness is a mighty word because you have to be strong of heart to be kind.”
Flint and his sister, Blu, travel with Eska to different and dangerous areas of tundra. Eska, although an outsider to some people, soon finds how strong the power of friendship can be. With it, she is able to battle the odds and find what she seeks.
Sky Song is honestly such an enchanting and magical read. It really is a book I recommend for middle-grade students and for anyone who enjoys a lyrical story.