Ignite the Sun by Hanna Howard is a story of rediscovery. In Ignite the Sun, we follow Siria as she discovers she is more than expected.
“Nearly sixteen years ago, I overthrew the Light-loving government of Luminor and established the Darkness. I blotted out that destructive inferno in the sky that parched and burned the land, threatening all life.”
This story starts off interestingly as we see Siria as a child, and then the change that occurs as she attends the school of Gildenbrook. Her best friend Linden follows her from working on the grounds of her home, to working on the grounds of her school. She is taught the history of Luminor, and how it was incredibly dangerous, and, going to destroy the world.
Except that history was a lie.
“Childhood fairy tale and adolescent nightmare come to life.”
Siria is a sunchild, and the last of her kind. She has been hidden away for 16 years and come into her power in front of the Queen Iyzabel. This should have sentenced her to death- and yet, Linden and her surrogate father Yarrow, don’t allow that to be the case.
This story was paced rather well, however, there were many times I wished it was a trilogy rather than a standalone. As a standalone, the journey to making Siria safe is extensive, whereas the fight to take down the queen is rather immediate. Of course, it peaked really well in a sensible way, but I almost would have liked this to be dragged out a little more.
The side characters didn’t get much depth other than Yarrow. Even the love interest mentions his story on the offhand, and…that’s it. No one other than Siria really has any growth as they already know their mission and journey. Why give these characters names and backgrounds if we don’t see development?
Overall though, the world was fleshed out incredibly well. The mythology in the story was well thought out, and was fun to read. I had a hard time putting this book down, and enjoyed it immensely. I cannot wait for its release and to hear about others experiencing this world too!
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.