Oh That Shotgun Sky by Sarah Chorn review

Hello!  Welcome to the latest review here on the Swordsmith blog, westu hal to you.  I honestly think I have been reading one of the best trilogies I have read for some time, I am of course talking about The Songs of Sefate by Sarah Chorn.  I have nearly finished the third book in the series, Glass Rhapsody, at the time of writing this post – I’ll let you know how much mending my soul needs after finishing that one.

Just a tiny update for you before the main event, the blog will be starting to feature a new set of posts about a rediscovered passion of mine. That is Dungeons and Dragons, it is something I have rediscovered and been actively playing in a campaign for over a year now with some awesome people.  I am also a DM for another brilliant group of people, it is honestly amazing!  There are posts planned but to start off I am running a D&D giveaway on the blog, check back soon for that one.

For now it is time for my review of Oh! That Shotgun Sky by Sarah Chorn, book 2 of the Songs of Sefate.  This is a bridging novella for the series, you do need to have read book 1 and I will try as hard as I can to keep this spoiler free.  Anyway it is time for the premise!

The Premise

Days after the Boundary falls, six strangers converge in a one-horse town, all of them on the run. Some from the past, some avoiding the future.

When men from Shine Company arrive to reclaim their own, these desperate travelers have to decide if they stand with the law, or against it.

Men pull the trigger and blood spills.

Fate pulls the strings and everybody dances.

The Review

As I mentioned this is a bridging novella, it takes place days after the first book ends.  I can honestly say this is another wonderful book. Sarah’s prose is a wonderful experience as she is able to describe the world so beautifully. But it is the characters that are the main focus of this story, and how amazing they are!

I will be honest and say that I really enjoy a romance story, and Sally and Eloise captured something special in my heart…it will be a romance I will never forget, a romance dominated by the cruel hand of fate and the wonder of hope.  I can’t really describe this easily but please read these sections for yourself, there are three words which honestly broke me.

The story of the book is that of survival, and the majority focuses on a group of women surviving in a strange new world after the fall of the Boundary.  We follow Sally, Eloise, Grace and Bekha who have fled from a brothel, their story intertwines with Abigail and Bertie who have found a way to live.  Rounding out this cast are Saul and Ned, who are damaged men in their own ways.  They are both products and remnants of the company, and it is through them this book connects with Of Honey and Wildfires and the consequences of the story are really explored through them.  The way these characters all come together, mend and explore the future together in a changing world is without a doubt amazing!

Following on from the first book, Sarah’s writing is amazing to say the very least.  It is full of beautiful imagery and wonderful phrases which made it in some ways joyful to read, in others not so.  It invites the reader to enjoy the beauty of language, it does not interfere with the pacing of the story.  The story is quiet, it is more about feeling and emotions and developing consequences, but it is not without it’s moments of violence either.  This is a bridging novella, between Of Honey and Wildfires and Glass Rhapsody (the third book) and this is such a satisfying novella that it easily moves itself into my recommended reading (only after book 1 though!) but it has led me to hungrily devour Glass Rhapsody which I have nearly finished reading.

There you are my review of Oh That Shotgun Sky, Sarah is an author I will be trying to read more of as it has been a wonderful experience so far!  This was another amazing read so far for me this year! The Songs of Sefate is a favorite trilogy of a friend of mine, and I think I can see why.  

Thank you as always for sticking with me through a review, thank you for checking the blog out as well.  I hope that you are keeping well, reading something awesome and finally Westu hal.

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