Sera has always felt as if she didn’t belong among her people, the Cerulean. She is curious about everything and can’t stop questioning her three mothers, her best friend, Leela, and even the High Priestess. Sera has longed for the day when the tether that connects her City Above the Sky to the earthly world below finally severs and sends the Cerulean to a new planet.
But when Sera is chosen as the sacrifice to break the tether, she doesn’t know what to feel. To save her City, Sera must throw herself from its edge and end her own life. But something goes wrong and she survives the fall, landing in a place called Kaolin. She has heard tales about the humans there, and soon learns that the dangers her mothers warned her of are real. If Sera has any hope to return to her City, she’ll have to find the magic within herself to survive.
Review: 4 Stars
The Cerulean is a fantasy that I tried really hard to get an advanced review copy of because I loved Amy Ewing’s previous series. I was so thrilled when I got a copy from Edelweiss. The cover s absolutely stunning and I really liked Amy Ewing’s first two books in The Lone City series, so I went in with super high expectations. I am pleased to say that it was not a disappointing read.
I loved the characters. Sera was intriguing as she really stood out among people from her city. She was bold and outspoken, but also curious and brave. I loved the relationship that she had with her three mothers and also how loyal and dedicated she was to her best friend Leela. The two main characters from the planet, Agnes and Leo, were interesting as well. I immediately liked Agnes, who was kind of an oppressed woman, but fought for a better life for herself. She was also clearly a morally good character. Leo, on the other hand, took a while to grow on me. In the beginning I hated him because of his actions, but as his character changed throughout the story I really started to like him more.
The world building was absolutely amazing. There was a floating city, which Sera was from, above the planet and it was attached to the planet by a magical tether. The floating city was fascinating. It was filled with only women, who were blue. Sera had three mothers and there were no men in the city so all of the citizens married other women in groups of three. Ironically Agatha, who was from the planet, was a lesbian and Sera, who was from the city filled with only women, was straight. The descriptions of the world were so vivid and fantastical. I am so glad that this is going to be a series because I would love to return to this world with these characters.
While the characters and the world building made this book shine, the plot brought my rating down from 5 stars. The beginning was kind of slow, but once it picked up it was a really good read, but not because of the plot. I wanted there to be more interesting stuff happening once Sera was on the planet. I felt like the climax of the story was kind of lame, it wasn’t built up enough and I felt like it could have been executed way better than it was. The ending also felt a bit abrupt. I understand that it was setting up for the second book, but it just didn’t feel completely finished to me.
Overall I would say that this was a great fantasy. I loved the characters and the wold building. The plot could have been better, but with such great characters it was still a wonderful book. It was a bit slow paced, but if you are looking for a vivid fantasy world to dive into, this would be a perfect choice. After reading I would really love to continue the series and also revisit Amy Ewing’s last series.