black sun by rebecca roanhorse

by the time i reached last few chapters, i was ready to rate “black sun” as “really liked it”, but the cliffhanger ending was too abrupt (and too much of a bait for the sequel). so it’s simple “i liked it” rating.

this book strikes a good balance between plot advancement and character development, which is somewhat a rarity in fantasy genre. and given that both aspects are fresh and unfamiliar, no wonder that it got so much praise.

despite my distaste for the ending, i plan to read the sequel – i’m very charmed by xiala, and curious of her fate.