Review: Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

StarsightAuthor: Brandon Sanderson
Series: Skyward #2
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co.
Released: November 26th, 2019
Received: Own
Rating: 4 kitties

Starsight is the second novel in Brandon Sanderson’s Skyward series, and it is as dramatic and full of chaos as ever. I don’t think Spensa knows how to keep still – or how to keep herself out of trouble, for that matter.

All Spensa ever wanted was the chance to be a pilot. Now, she’s finally gotten that chance. More than that, she has quickly made herself essential to her people, thanks to her talent and unique ability set.

Being a hero comes with responsibilities. And risks. Thankfully, Spensa is not the type to scare away from any challenge. So she’s ready to set off on her next big adventure, especially if it gives her even the slightest chance to free her people from the planet they’ve been imprisoned on.


“A hero doesn’t choose her trials.”

Spoiler Warning

Skud! Starsight was such a great and enjoyable read. Everything about Spensa is entertaining. Especially her mannerisms and way of speaking (seriously, I think I need to add ‘skud’ into my rotation). This is a novel I was insanely excited for.

So excited, in fact, that I completely spaced on writing a review for it. Whoops. Have you ever done that? Gotten so wrapped up in a novel that you just assumed that the world already knew how you felt about it, because they must have experienced the same thing? That’s sort of what happened here. That and I’m a space case sometimes, when it comes to remembering things.

“My name is Spena. You said you were waiting to hold out your hand to a human, in peace. Well…here I am.”

Not only was Starsight a fascinating read – one that gave us an opportunity to see more of the greater universe in this series – but it was also a novel full of quotes. I had trouble picking just one quote that I loved here, and had to settle for two (I could have easily gone with more). So if you’re looking for a book with memorable statements…take a peek at this one.

The pacing was fast, with Spensa getting shot around all over the place. It sort of fits her personality, when you think of it. As I mentioned above, she’s not exactly the type to stay still. Or pick the calm or quiet path in love.

The secondary characters in this novel were fascinating. I honestly couldn’t learn enough about them, and really hope that we’ll be seeing them again in the next novel. They were clever and interesting, showing off a variety of different species, personalities, and histories.

The more I see the antagonists of this series (both on the smaller and larger scale of things), the more fascinated I find myself with them. On the one hand, we have these large beings that nobody seems to really know or understand. And on the other hand, we have highly political creatures who, at their core, are alarmingly xenophobic (despite their claims to the contrary). Seeing the different dilemmas both create has been fascinating.

Starsight was not at all what I was expecting from the sequel to Skyward. But in some ways, I think it actually ended up being ever better than I was expecting or hoping. There’s no doubt that even more complexity was added, and I think that’ll carry the series even further.

I know that there is going to be at least two more books in the series, though they don’t yet have titles (that I’m aware of). I honestly can’t wait to hear any and all news about them though, because I have no doubt that they’ll hold up.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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1 Response to Review: Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

  1. Thanks so much for sharing this. I can’t wait to start this series once I get through my other reads!


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