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The Forgotten Sky

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Loved it! 😍

An epic interstellar adventure bringing six individuals together to save their galaxy from an oppressive corporate regime.

This book was incredibly in-depth and the world building was intensive, but that created length, which at times made it a lot to chew through. This book was nearly 560 pages. It intertwined the stories and journeys of six unique individuals, taking each of their missions and ultimately bringing them together in the quest to destroy Northrite.


I would classify this book more as a sci-fi fantasy. It is sci-fi in the aspects of the space setting and sci-fi elements of many unique planets, creatures and races, reminiscent of the Star Wars Universe. But many aspects of the abilities, the lore and legends were all fantasy.


The prose was descriptive and detailed. There was the occasional word that felt a little out of place, but overall the writing brought the many worlds and characters to life. There is one particular trigger moment of a sexual assault. I wasn’t a huge fan of the present tense of the writing but that was a very minor detail and just a personal preference so I don’t usually detract rating stars for things like that.


There are many different races and beings described. Nyranna is an Elemiscist, with special abilities and powers like Striding, an ability to move through space, and Whispering, a telepathic form of communication. I appreciated Seeva. I felt connected to her character right from chapter one and her fury over the senseless killing of endangered creatures in order for Northrite to gain mining rights.


If you’re going to read this book be ready to commit time to it. I read this book during an unexpectedly busy three weeks and felt like I wasn’t able to give it the time it deserved to be fully appreciated. I would have to stop reading for a few days and then when I went to pick it up after that break, it made it hard to keep connected to the story and slip into the flow of the plot. I plan on rereading it again at another time in the near future and highly recommended waiting until you have plenty of free time to devote to this because it is not a weekend read and rightfully shouldn’t be.


There are so many moving parts in this book all woven together that I needed to do a lot of rereading to make sure I didn’t miss anything and to refresh my memory on what had happened. The author created an entire universe in this book and as much as it felt overly lengthy it also needed that length to fully explore all of the characters. It could have easily also worked as a trilogy of the author wanted to break it into smaller parts.


This is a book that epic sci-fi and fantasy fans will absolutely enjoy if they can dedicate the time it deserves to fully dive into the plot and appreciate its complexity.

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Daniele's travels have taken her around the world and back again, but her favorite adventures will always be found between the covers of a good book. She is now a farm girl with her horse trainer husband. Daniele loves all things Outlander and Disney and can't grow a garden to save her life.

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About the author

R.M. Schultz lives in the pacific northwest with his wife, daughter, and many pets. He enjoys the outdoors, playing the guitar, and he founded and heads the North Seattle Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Group. view profile

Published on June 26, 2021

150000 words

Contains graphic explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Space Opera

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