I have got Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse.
I have barely gotten started but this is a book that grabs hold and doesn’t let go.
The publisher page for this book has this poem:
A god will return
When the earth and sky converge
Under the black sun
This quote – prophecy? – explains the title. I am getting used to it. The excerpt is on the publisher site, too.
The first line is fantastic. It is one of the best of the first lines I have read in a long, long time. Well, no, it is a few lines down because there is another quote to begin Chapter 1.
Today he would become a god. His mother had told him so.
The first chapter is kind of gruesome. Actually, very gruesome. But it sets a stage and makes you want to read and read and read until you are done. Which I have not been able to do until now!
I am already about a quarter done and am enjoying myself immensely. I believe all major characters/settings have been introduced!
It does seem to be inspired by various pre-Columbian American cultures, which is interesting. I love the world so far, the magic, the different kind of magics and people that are here.
There is singing magic and the boy whose mother told he would become a god – yeah, he has some interesting magic too. There are priests and deadly politics.
There are also odd pronouns – I don’t quite have the hang of them yet. Still getting used to that part and it jars me every time I read it because I don’t really understand what the different pronouns mean. I need more explanation for this part. But it will come in time, I am sure.