I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
Series: Firebird #2
Published by HarperTeen on November 3, 2015
Source: the publisher
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Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents' invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions.
Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul’s soul. The hunt sends her racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each world brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with each trial she faces, she begins to question the destiny she thought they shared.
The second book in the Firebird trilogy, Ten Thousand Skies Above You features Claudia Gray’s lush, romantic language and smart, exciting action, and will have readers clamoring for the next book.
Claudia Gray has done it again! Ten Thousand Skies Above You was an amazing, amazing book! After the cliffhanger in A Thousand Pieces of You (which was one of my absolute favorite books of 2014!!), I was desperate to get my hands on this book! And it definitely did NOT disappoint!
The one thing I hate to admit is that, as much as I loved A Thousand Pieces of You, I completely blanked on a LOT of things that happened. I remembered bits and pieces, especially from the Russiaverse, but that was about it. So I had to skim through A Thousand Pieces of You before I started Ten Thousand Skies Above You. This didn’t take long and it was completely worth it! I felt way more prepared, going into Ten Thousand Skies Above You, than I would have if I HADN’T skimmed A Thousand Pieces of You first. Plus, Gray did a great job recapping things along the way, as well.
Once again, I loved Marguerite. As usual, she was incredibly take-charge and refused to sit on the sidelines or let someone else do the dirty work for her, despite the uncertainty of what she was doing – and despite knowing what she now knows about her role in things. The way her story ended, though? Holy crap, did NOT expect that!
I’m still Team Paul, obviously! I adore Paul and I ship him and Marguerite so hard! But it was harder to like Paul in this book because, sadly, some of his other selves were.. well… a little bit rough around the edges. And a LOT less trusting. (P.S: I’ll still always love Lieutenant Markov from the Russiavnrse the best! Just saying…). Theo really had some amazing moments in this book! Sadly, after everything that happened with “Theo” in the first book, I’m still having a hard time trusting him. And after what happened at the end of this book…??? Whoa! That’s all I’m saying!
Through the dimensions visited in this book, we definitely saw a different side to each of the characters – darker, more evil sides – as opposed to those versions we met in the first book. We also discovered that some of the other versions of our beloved characters were a lot more ruthless when it came to achieving their goals. One character was stone-cold and heartless in one dimension, though I won’t say who for risk of spoilers.
There were some EPIC and INTENSE revelations in this book! I can’t talk about ANY of them without spoilers, obviously, but HOLY CRAP!!! We finally learned more about the events of book one and how/why they came to take place. We learned more about the Triadverse, more about Triad as a company and more about the founders, including Wyatt Conley and his motives. Basically, we learned why everything is happening. We also learned more about Marguerite’s role in all of this. And if you thought the cliffhanger for A Thousand Pieces of You was insane, you haven’t seen anything yet!!! I just can’t even! I have NO idea how I’m going to wait a year for the third book!!!
My only real complaint with this book is that it started off a bit slow – not necessarily in a boring way, just slow. The real action didn’t technically start until page 80! However, from there, it was intense and epic. Once that intensity started, it never eased up! I definitely loved the dimensions from A Thousand Pieces of You more, especially the Russiaverse (for obvious reasons!), but I still enjoyed the dimensions in this book, too!
Overall, Ten Thousand Skies Above You was epic, amazing and wonderful! No Second Book Syndrome to be found here! I’m so anxious to get my hands on the third book, I can’t even put it into words! Until then, I’ll keep myself busy by re-reading Spellcaster and then reading Steadfast and Sorceress for the first time! So, obviously, I HIGHLY recommend this book (and this series as a whole), not to mention everything Claudia has ever – and will ever – write. Period.