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Publisher's Summary

From number one best-selling author Brandon Sanderson and Janci Patterson comes the second of three Skyward series novellas, set between Starsight and Cytonic.

Don't trust their lies. Don't trust their false peace.

That is the warning that Alanik of the planet ReDawn told the human pilot Spensa after Alanik's ship crash-landed on Detritus. While accepting an invitation to meet with her people's enemy, the Galactic Superiority, Alanik heard Spensa's cry for help across the vastness of space, and she used her cytonic powers to hyperjump her ship to the source of that cry. What she found there was a shock - a whole planet of free humans fighting against the Superiority. Could they be the allies her people desperately needed?

When she recovered from her injuries and met the friendly humans Jorgen and FM of Skyward Flight, she found that her warning to Spensa had gone unheeded by the government of Detritus and they were considering a peace overture from the Superiority. Now having returned to ReDawn, Alanik is dismayed to learn that her own people are falling into the exact same trap.

The faction in ReDawn's government that wants to appease the Superiority has gained the upper hand. With Alanik's mentor Renakin captured, she has no one to turn to but Jorgen, FM, and their friend Rig. An ancient technology may have the power to save both of their planets from disaster, but can they discover its secrets before it's too late?

©2021 Brandon Sanderson (P)2021 Orion Publishing Group

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A middle novella in a trilogy

The first 10 chapters grated on me. Alanique's people and their politics were reduced to good party vs bad party.

The original mission for the DDF to mount a Search and Rescue operation on a planet to form an alliance with a planet they've never known feels slightly implausible.

Alanique's comparison of fighting a battle to battle exercises (which are a sport on Redawn) grated on me. I also didn't believe that she thought she could fight without causing/incurring casualties.

The ending surprised me, although the reasons for getting the people in place are a little contrived (you can see the author pulling the strings behind the scenes).

I am very disappointed that Koona's character was completely ignored for much of the book and used mostly as set dressing.

An attempt to ship Alanique with a member of the flight was not convincing either

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Breathtaking

AMAZING!!! Fabulous writing! I want a Tainix! I hope we will here much more from these characters real soon. This series is a classic .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-2021

Absolutely LOVE this storyline!

Great story. Great characters. Amazing plots and can't wait for the next book! The narration is fantastic too!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-11-2021

Engaging

Much better than Sunreach. I don't like the way this narrator pronounces names differently to the original Skyward narrator.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-11-2021

OK story, well read. Not Sanderson, though

Story seems Eragon-ish, not polished enough. I took a bite for Sanderson, did not get one though

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  • mygrandmawasdot
  • 15-01-2022

Excellent!

I love these novellas! Great to get to know the other characters.
I love the narrator! Shame about one particular name's differing pronunciation between the main series and these novellas. But it's no biggie.
You only meet Alanik briefly in the main series before she returns in ReDawn but you do get a definite sense of her character and motivations in that first instance. And you can see how these qualities come out in ReDawn.
I'm enjoying these books!!

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  • Anne L
  • 02-11-2021

Much much better

Phew, after listening to Sunreach I was worried but this is thankfully much better and a return to more typical Sanderson storytelling. More action, more pace, less cringe romance and a great new alien world.

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  • Dave Hale
  • 27-10-2021

Good story, good performance.

ReDawn was a good book. I don't think it was as good as sunreach though. Alanik didn't feel as distinct or that different from FM. She felt somewhat underwritten.

I think the imaginative world building of ReDawn and the UrDail was typically brilliant of Sanderson and a highlight.

That ending went darker than I expected to. So satisfying increase of the stakes for a middle story in the trilogy. Especially with the prior success.

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