Tales Review – Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone
‘Once an adventure digs its claws in, there is not an awful lot you can do about it. Especially when magic is involved . . .’
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 . . .
Publisher – Simon & Schuster Children’s UK
Date Published – 4th January 2018
Pages – 288 pages
Format – Paperback
Category – Children’s, MG, UKMG
I was sent a proof copy of this book by the wonderful the publishers in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review or my opinions in any way. Thank you Simon & Shuster Children’s for sending me this book to read and review. I also bought a finished copy myself from my local bookshop.
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Back in 2015 a proof landed on my doorstep of a new book by a debut writer. That book was The Dreamsnatcher and the debut author was Abi Elphinstone. Three years later and I squealed with excitement when a proof copy of Sky Song, Abi’s fourth book and a stand alone story, landed on my doorstep and I just knew that a magical adventure was awaiting between the pages ready to sweep me off my feet.
And swept off my feet I was….completely.
Sky Song tells the story of Eska who has been captured inside Winterfang Palace by the evil Ice Queen who rules all of Erkenwald. Stuck frozen inside a cursed music box Eska has no memories of where she has come from, who she is or why the evil Ice Queen wants to steal her voice from her. All tribes in Erkenwald must stay hidden or risk becoming prisoners themselves , but one boy, an inventor called Flint who still believes in magic, breaks into the castle on a mission to save his parents who have been captured by the evil Ice Queen. He decides to break the curse that is holding Eska in her music box and when this causes his plan to save his parents to go wrong Flint and Eska escape together and so begins their journey to find an ancient song with the power to restore Erkenwald back to its former glory without the Ice Queen at it’s helm.
Straight away from the fairy-tale prologue you instantly know that Sky Song is going to be something very very special indeed. Abi Elphinstone instantly builds the foundations of Erkenwald around the reader drawing them into the depths of its icy, snowy world where anything is possible and it is truly wonderful.
With it’s wintery snowy setting with vast epic landscapes and snow capped mountains Sky Song is as breath taking in the imagery it creates as the story it tells. An adventure of bravery, friendship, kindness and belonging, through frozen waterfalls with secret hideaways, labyrinths with rope ladders, snow monsters, Erkenbears, an eagle and most of all magic.
The story is told from both Eska and Flint’s voice with varying chapters with the story sometimes giving us a glimpse from the evil Ice Queens point of view too. I enjoyed all of these and it made the story flow really nicely with a good pace that makes the reader eager to keep flicking the pages to find out what will happen next.
The Ice Queen has such a terrifying, powerful and frosty presence on every page she appears on. From her black staff, her evil magic captivating people under her spell, to her icicle organ that plays the voices of her prisoners to the whole land. She is a magnificent character that is not easily forgotten.
The same goes for Flint’s sister, Blu, too. I loved her character so much and I loved how devoted she is to her brother and never doubts him for one second. Even when she is in the most gravest of danger she believes in her brother and Eska and becomes a brave adventurer herself.
Eska, Flint and Blu never give up hope.
One of my favourite parts of the book has to be when Eska, Flint and Blu find The Grey Man….who’s character I absolutely loved. I don’t want to give too much away but he made me smile lots.
This book would make the most breath-taking film or TV movie….someone sign it up now please!
Abi Elphinstone is hands down one of my favourite authors. And Sky Song is a classic in the making. Her writing and storytelling is just as stunning and as precious as a diamond which will dazzle you with it’s pure beauty.
I recommend this book to both adventurers young and old and want to be swirled into a gorgeous snow storm of a book with unforgettable characters and a story that will make you feel like you have found your tribe and where you belong.
“Once an adventure digs it’s claws in, there is not an awful lot you can so about it. Especially when magic is involved….”
I award this book 5 out of 5 Tales Of Yesterday Books
You can by a copy of Sky Song here or from your local bookshop
About Abi Elphinstone
Abi Elphinstone grew up in Scotland where she spent most of her childhood building dens, hiding in tree houses and running wild across highland glens. After being coaxed out of her tree house, she studied English at Bristol University and then worked as a teacher in Africa, Berkshire and London. She is the author of THE DREAMSNATCHER, THE SHADOW KEEPER and THE NIGHT SPINNER, a series of fast-paced adventure books for 8-12 year olds which follow Moll, Sid, Alfie and wildcat Gryff’s quest to find the Amulets of Truth and destroy the Shadowmasks’ dark magic. When she’s not writing, Abi volunteers for Beanstalk charity, speaks in schools and travels the world looking for her next story. Her latest adventure involved living with the Kazakh Eagle Hunters in Mongolia…
Previously On Tales…
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