The Sky on Fire

Tor. Jul. 2024. 448p. ISBN 9781250342003. $29.99. FANTASY
In the cloud cities of Seven Crests, dragons rule; in the Deep, one can only hops to survive what lives there. Anahrod has lived in the Deep for years with her titan drake by her side, when a local warlord’s attempt to capture her is foiled only by a small team of plucky rescuers. Anahrod can’t return to her solitary life, however; instead, she finds her rescuers have turned to kidnappers, because they know who she really is—Anahrod the Wicked, back from the dead, who they think can help them steal a dragon’s hoard. But not only does she not have the knowledge they think, but the hoard they want belongs to the dragon queen who wants Anahrod dead. A long on-ramp to the novel’s main action builds the world with Lyon’s usual flair for setting details, multiple plot threads, and characters with diverse sexualities.
VERDICT Lyons’s (The Discord of Gods) latest will add to the dragon frenzy while also appealing to readers who enjoy heist stories and action-packed fantasy. Comparisons to Anne McCaffrey’s “Dragonriders of Pern” series are spot on.
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