The breathtaking action and whirlwind adventure build to a climax in this thrilling conclusion to the “remarkably unpredictable” (BCCB) Sky Fall trilogy from the bestselling author of the Keeper of the Lost Cities series.
Vane Weston is ready for battle. Against Raiden’s army. Against the slowly corrupting Gale Force. Even against his own peaceful nature as a Westerly. He’ll do whatever it takes, including storming Raiden’s icy fortress with the three people he trusts the least. Anything to bring Audra home safely.
But Audra won’t wait for someone to rescue her. She has Gus—the guardian she was captured with. And she has a strange “guide” left behind by the one prisoner who managed to escape Raiden. The wind is also rising to her side, rallying against their common enemy. When the forces align, Audra makes her play—but Raiden is ready.
Freedom has never held such an impossible price, and both groups know the sacrifices will be great. But Vane and Audra started this fight together. They’ll end it the same way.
About the Author
Shannon Messenger graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where she learned—among other things—that she liked watching movies much better than making them. She’s studied art, screenwriting, and film production, but she realized her real passion was writing stories for children. She’s the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the award-winning middle grade series, Keeper of the Lost Cities, as well as the Sky Fall series for young adults. Her books have been featured on multiple state reading lists, published in numerous countries, and translated into many different languages. She lives in Southern California with an embarrassing number of cats. Find her online at ShannonMessenger.com.
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Let the Wind Rise
They’re calling it “California’s Worst Natural Disaster in Decades.”
But there was nothing “natural” about it.
It’s easier if people blame global warming, though. Or Mother Nature. Or any of the other theories scientists have been tossing out, trying to explain the freaky tornadoes that stomped the mansions and country clubs in my stuffy valley into million-dollar heaps of rubble.
Nobody would know how to deal with a reality filled with “sylphs” and “wind wars” and “storms that fight like monsters.”
Plus, then I’d have to tell them the worst part—the part that makes me want to curl up into a ball and never move again.
It was my fault.
If I’d moved to one of the Gales’ bases in the middle of nowhere, or taken my training more seriously, or insert-any-of-the-mountain-of-Vane-fails here, none of this would’ve happened.
My hometown wouldn’t be a federal disaster zone.
Innocent people wouldn’t have died.
And Audra . . .
I’m trying not to think about where she is or what she might be going through. Or how I was the one who insisted she trust her mother and made her fly off with Gus, straight into Raiden’s trap.
Or how she broke our bond.
I want to believe she did it to protect my heritage—stripping away any knowledge she had of the Westerly language so she couldn’t give Raiden what he wants. But I wouldn’t blame her if she hates me.
I definitely hate myself.
But I’m going to fix this—all of it.
I have a plan.
I have the power of four on my side.
It’s time to be the hero everyone’s expecting me to be.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Vane and Audra are back to wrap up their story, and they have brought a storm with them. They are charged with figuring out who to trust, stopping Raiden, and finding a way to peacefully lead their people, while figuring out what to do about their broken bond. They have a lot to do, and they get right to the action. Supporting characters are pretty important in this volume, and trust is a main theme. Trust is what Raiden lacks. It’s what our heroes must learn. It’s what the sylph people must have with each other. Audra and Vane must learn to trust his ex-fiancee, Audra’s wayward mother, an unpredictable former Gale, and all of the winds of the sky. They all learn the power of wanting power to help others rather than themselves, and in living in harmony. (This is the part I wish I could pull out of fiction and bring to real life.) Vane’s nonviolent nature is a huge obstacle when battling an epic bad guy like Raiden. One of the things that I most appreciate about this book is that Vane is brave and peaceful at the same time. He doesn’t go into battle ready to kill; he goes in knowing that he’ll likely have to do things that will haunt his nightmares, but he does it anyway to bring an end to evil and save his friends. He’s willing to sacrifice, but does so judiciously after careful thought and discussion. He’s a stronger leader than he knows. Solana battles some demons of her own, and because of her journey, becomes one of my favorite characters. She and Audra prove to be effective counterpoints, both embodying the essence of a strong, independent woman without sacrificing their femininity. I absolutely love that girls will have these two characters to read, showing them that they can do whatever they set their minds to, without being defined by their relationships with men. Points to Vane for showing that a boy can notice a girl’s beauty and grace while respecting her for her skills and opinions. I am excited to have this hard copy to complete my set. Now to find an event where Shannon can sign it as well. This series will be featured on my favorites shelf for quite some time, I’m betting.
Battle of the Winds Two years. I’ve been waiting two years for Let the Wind Rise to come out since that’s when book two in this trilogy was released. And did I mention that book two ended on a cliffhanger? But all is fine now since this book does a wonderful job of wrapping up the trilogy. I am going to issue my standard warning at this point. This isn’t the place to jump into the series. I mean, its book three of a trilogy, so there will be lots that happens here that you won’t understand. In fact, if you have the time, reread the first two books or at least book two before starting this book. I wish I’d had the time to do that since there are references to things I don’t quite remember from the earlier books. What you should know is that this trilogy is a YA fantasy series. Our main characters are Audra and Vane who are actually not human but a race that can control the wind. They live in a world parallel to ours but hidden from human consciousness, and their world is in a civil war. It’s been building for a while, but everything is coming to a head, and the conflict is swirling around Audra and Vane. I did remember the cliffhanger from the previous book, and this book picks up right where that book ended. Audra has been captured by Raiden, the man trying to take over the winds for his own selfish ends. To do that, he wants the power of the fourth wind, the Westerly. Audra has broken her bond with Vane in order to keep that language safe. Meanwhile, Vane, the last surviving Westerly, is teaming up with the least likely allies, not all of whom he can trust, to try to slip into Raiden’s fortress to rescue Audra. Unfortunately, his heritage as a Westerly makes it impossible for him to fight. As things build toward a showdown with Raiden, Vane knows he will be involved in the final battle. Will he be able to overcome his aversion to violence to defeat Raiden? I already mentioned there were a few things that I didn’t remember from previous books, but it truly didn’t take me long to be back in the world of these characters. Author Shannon Messenger is wonderful at creating fantastic worlds to get lost in, and this is another great example. I love to visit them. The threat of war is ever constant. I did feel the book started to lag a bit near the middle, but just as I was thinking that, things kicked off again, and we were building toward the climax. And yes, it does a fantastic job of wrapping up the series as a whole. The ending? It’s absolutely brilliant. And since the series is wrapping up, we also got some great character development. I wasn’t surprised to see Vane and Audra continue to grow here, but I was surprised as some of the other characters who really grew before the book ended. I loved what happened with those characters, too. I may have shed a tear or two, but I’m not admitting anything. Yes, there is still some romantic angst in this book as well. Could we truly have a YA book if we didn’t? It’s there, but it never overwhelms the story. In fact, at times it proves a nice break in the heaviness of the rest of the book. Like the others in the series, the book is told in alternating first person chapters. This allows us to get the story from both Vane and Audra’s points of view. If, like me, you’ve been waiting to find out what happened next to Vane and Audra, you’ll be thrilled with Let the Wind Rise. And if you haven’t start the trilogy yet, what are you waiting for?
The whole series was amazing, just started reading Keeper of the Lost Cities, and it is already great!! ???