Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents. And he has no idea if the beautiful, dark-haired girl who’s swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real. But he hopes she is.
Seventeen-year-old Audra is a sylph, an air elemental. She walks on the wind, can translate its alluring songs, and can even coax it into a weapon with a simple string of commands. She’s also a guardian—Vane’s guardian—and has sworn an oath to protect Vane at all costs. Even if it means sacrificing her own life.
When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra’s forced to help Vane remember who he is. He has a power to claim—the secret language of the West Wind, which only he can understand. But unlocking his heritage will also unlock the memory Audra needs him to forget. And their greatest danger is not the warriors coming to destroy them—but the forbidden romance that’s grown between them.
Review: If anything, Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger real standout is its original concept. I did read stories about people with elemental powers but I haven’t encountered as elaborate as this one. I was really absorbed by the details that popped every now and then. It was intricately added in the story. But that’s all I can commend with this novel, the rest unfortunately fell a little flat to me.
When Vane was just seven years old he miraculously survived a category-five tornado. People find the incident very inexplicable particularly for a child to have survived a massive tornado with only cut and bruises. So for them the case was a miracle. And that’s how he got his name ‘The Miracle Child.’ But for Vane it wasn’t the only one that struck him odd on that incident. He recalled a face watching him—the girl who invaded his dreams from then on. And she might know what really happened that day.
The first part was exciting. I was really interested how things will unravel. I’m eager to know the facts and just like Vane I’m wondering everything out. I’m glad that this book was both narrated by both Vane and Audra. It’s like having a hawk-eyed view on the events. Plus, like I said earlier one thing I really liked about this is its creativity. There are elemental stories out there but it wasn’t as precise and focused as this one, which I adoringly appreciated. I loved this whole air elemental mythology she concocted. Audra and Vane are both sylphs, a windwalker (so the cover makes a lot sense with the wind engulfing them). So basically, they are part of the wind element as a result enables them to control it. There were a lot of ideas introduced in the story but it was spot on and didn’t move away to the central idea.
With Audra being his ‘dream girl,’ it didn’t come as a surprise to me that they ended liking each other. But there’s something hindering their relationship. And Audra is very keen on responsibilities and rules. Although I do like that when situation calls it she will break the rules. So she was really on the fence about it but you know what usually happens is that feelings ruled out everything. I’m not really into them as I hoped but it was an ok romance. It wasn’t nauseously romantic but neither it was swoony.
As I progressed I learned more about the incident. There’s a person behind it and it wasn’t an accident. It turned out that there’s a mastermind behind the tragedy that befall on his family. I liked how the build-up was created, it wasn’t held out and information was fluidly addressed. So yeah, I liked this one. I wanted something more and it’s a great thing that it was series so I hope things that need to develop will develop. Will definitely read the sequel (although I do have the sequel but I’m going to postpone reading it for a while). 😉
Preview Quote: “And it’s our responsibility to calm the storms, stop them from destroying human cities like they do now. Not for glory or power or respect, but because it’s right.” — Audra