Cover image for Let the sky fall / by Shannon Messenger.
Let the sky fall / by Shannon Messenger.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon Pulse, 2013.

Physical Description:
404 pages ; 21 cm


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A broken past and a divided future can't stop the electric connection of two teens in this "fast-paced, fantasy-romance" ( VOYA ) novel.

Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents. And he has no idea if the beautiful, dark-haired girl who's swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real. But he hopes she is.

Seventeen-year-old Audra is a sylph, an air elemental. She walks on the wind, can translate its alluring songs, and can even coax it into a weapon with a simple string of commands. She's also a guardian--Vane's guardian--and has sworn an oath to protect Vane at all costs. Even if it means sacrificing her own life.

When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra's forced to help Vane remember who he is. He has a power to claim--the secret language of the West Wind, which only he can understand. But unlocking his heritage will also unlock the memory Audra needs him to forget. And as the storm bears down on them, she starts to realize the greatest danger might not be the warriors coming to destroy them--but the forbidden romance that's grown between them.

Author Notes

Shannon Messenger is New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Keeper of the Lost Cities and Sky Fall series.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston lost his parents in a freak tornado when he was seven. While he loves his adopted parents, who live in California's scorching Coachella Valley, he can't shake the feeling that something about that accident doesn't add up. Enter Audra, the gorgeous and disciplined "sylph" who saved his life and has been haunting his dreams. Audra reveals that Vane is also a sylph, a mystical creature who can control the wind, and that he's being hunted by Raiden, a ruthless and powerful sylph. Readers learn the secrets of the sylphs, as Vane and Audra experiment with Vane's emerging abilities and she struggles with her role as his guardian. As Messenger (Keeper of the Lost Cities) alternates between Vane and Audra's perspectives, the story bogs down in detailed explanations about the sylph world, Vane's training proceeds with excruciating slowness, and the romance between Vane and Audra is lackluster and predictable. The novel works best when Messenger's characters are left to explore her vividly imagined world of wind, rather than just talk about it. Ages 13-up. Agent: Laura Rennert, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

Long after a tornado kills his parents, seventeen-year-old Vane learns why he survived: he is a powerful sylph who can manipulate the winds. With help from his secretive but alluring female protector, Vane masters his skills in preparation for an epic wind battle. Both the mythology and the frantic plot lack sound structure, but Vane stands out as an affable, crush-worthy protagonist. (c) Copyright 2013. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Let the Sky Fall CHAPTER 1 VANE I'm lucky to be alive. At least, that's what everybody keeps telling me. The reporter from the local newspaper even had the nerve to call it a miracle. I was "Vane Weston: The Miracle Child." Like the police finding me unconscious in a pile of rubble was part of some grand universal plan. "Family Survives Tornado"--now, that would've been a miracle. But trust me, there's nothing "miraculous" about being orphaned at seven years old. It's not that I'm not grateful to be alive. I am. I get that I shouldn't have survived. But that's the worst part about being "The Miracle Child." The question. The same inescapable question, plaguing me for the last ten years of my life. How? How could I get sucked in by a category-five tornado--nature's equivalent of a giant blender--get carried over four miles before the massive funnel spit me back out, and only have a few cuts and bruises to show for it? How was that possible, when my parents' bodies were found almost unrecognizable? The police don't know. Scientists don't know. So they all turn to me for the answer. But I have no freaking idea. I can't remember it. That day. My past. Anything. Well, I can't remember anything useful. I remember fear. I remember wind. And then . . . a giant, blank space. Like all my memories were knocked out of my head when I hit the ground. Except one. One isolated memory--and I'm not even sure if it is a memory, or if it's some strange hallucination my traumatized brain cooked up. A face, watching me through the chaos of the storm. A girl. Dark hair. Darker eyes. A single tear streaks down her cheek. Then a chilly breeze whisks her away. She's haunted my dreams ever since. Excerpted from Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.