Rebel Skies by Ann Sei Lin



This was a really exciting adventure book that captures the imagination. It is fast moving and one of those books you don’t want to put down. I think it should be a trilogy and I’m excited for the next 2 books! I think any teenager would like this. By: Mireya (age 15). Rating: 4/5.

A page-turning fantasy which follows a servant, Kurara, who was born with an ancient, forbidden magic where, with a few folds, she can turn paper origami to life. However, her whole world is turned upside down when her skyship crashes and her only friend is not who she thinks he is. To save her old friend and uncover the truth Kurara must set forth on a thrilling adventure with a fellow crafter Himura, as they battle evil paper monsters called shikigami. By: Maisie (age 15). Rating: 4/5.

‘Rebel Skies’ is about a girl called Kurara and her magical ability to control paper. The empire of Mikoshima is in deep trouble as a civil war is brewing between the ground people and the sky cities. Magical creatures called shikigami made of paper roam and play a key part to the survival of the city and the empire. A fantastic book full of twists and turns. By: Charles (age 12). Rating: 5/5.

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A beautifully written and pacy teen fantasy adventure, set in a world of flying ships, sky cities and powerful paper spirits. Inspired by Asian cultures and exploring themes of empire, slavery and freedom.

Kurara has never known any other life than being a servant on board the Midori, but when her party trick of making paper come to life turns out to be a power treasured across the empire, she joins a skyship and its motley crew to become a Crafter. Taught by the gruff but wise Himura, Kurara learns to hunt shikigami – wild paper spirits who are sought after by the Princess.

But are these creatures just powerful slaves, or are they beings with their own souls? And can a teenage girl be the one to help them find their voice – and change the course of an empire?