I dangle my legs over the edge of the cliff, tapping my heels against the smooth dirt that crumbles down the side of the continent. I don't fear falling. The world below looks unreal and distant, like it's only been painted on. Falling is something I can't even imagine.
As heir to a kingdom of floating continents, Kali has spent her life bound by limits: by her duties as a member of the royal family, by a forced betrothal to the son of a nobleman and by the edge of the only world she's ever known—a small island hovering above a monster-ridden earth, long since uninhabited by humans.
When Kali falls off the edge of her kingdom and miraculously survives, she is shocked to discover there are still humans on the earth. Determined to get home, Kali entrusts a rugged monster-hunter named Griffin to guide her across a world overrun by chimera, storm dragons, basilisks and other terrifying creatures. But the more time she spends on earth, the more dark truths she begins to uncover about her home in the sky, and the more resolute she is to start living for herself.
Princess Kallima is the heiress of Ashra, one of the floating islands that hover over an earth overrun with monsters. Three hundred years have passed since a powerful creature, the Phoenix, broke away a piece of the earth so that Kali's people might live safely in the sky. Betrothed to a stranger, Kali longs for freedom; after she falls off the edge of Ashra one night, she survives and discovers that humans remain below, though their numbers are small, and the dangers are great. Luckily, monster hunter Griffin finds Kali and agrees to help her get home. Kali's time with Griffin, fighting mythical creatures alongside him, brings out an inner strength that she'll need in order to confront the truth about her people's past and face their future. Both Kali and Griffin are brave heroes who learn to find hope in each other and beauty among the ruins. Sun (the Paper Gods series) tackles big themes like discrimination and genocide within the framework of a rich fantasy, all building to an exciting and poignant conclusion. Ages 14 up.