Evershore (Skyward Flight: Novella 3)
By: Janci Patterson and Brandon Sanderson
My Rating: Five out of five stars
Best for: 12 and up
Excellent, but still waiting for more!
Evershore is the 3rd Skyward Flight Novella that tells the story of what’s happening to Spensa’s friends while she is stuck in the Nowhere during the events of Cytonic, book three of Skyward.
If none of that makes sense to you, that’s because you haven’t read Skyward! You need to quit poking around at this book and go read the series in order!
If you’re still tracking, you’re in the right place. Read on!
When Brandon Sanderson announced the Skyward Flight Novellas, I assumed (despite his insistence), that they would be required reading to understand the events of Cytonic, Skyward book 3. Why else would the third novella be published AFTER Cytonic, except because there would things in one book or the other that would spoil something!
Alas, I was wrong. I should have trusted the creator. There’s no spoiler control to worry about. Read Skyward Flight novellas before or after Cytonic with out fear! Although I’m still a little perplexed at the publication order…
Of the three novellas, I enjoyed Evershore the most. It felt the most Sanderson-like. Janci Patterson, a member of Sanderson, Inc. (and a great author on her own), was the executor of Lord Brandon’s novellas. I felt a bit of frustration because the first felt more Janci than Brandon. The second one was a bit more of what I expected, but the last one? If Janci’s name wasn’t on the cover I wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference. I also enjoyed they story, and (probably not coincidental to my enjoyment) thought the characters in this story showed the greatest growth.
All together, the Skyward Flight novellas are an excellent addition to the Skyward series. They give more personality and color to Skyward characters that otherwise would be left in the periphery, and they do a whole lot to advance the story and set up for Skyward 4, Defiant, the LAST book in what Brandon has sneak started calling “Spensa’s story arc.” If Skyward is Spensa’s story arc, does that mean there’s going to be more Skyward?! One can only hope.
There is just a bit more grit in this book that the other Skyward books (a couple minor league swear words, the emotional fallout of close death), but nothing that would change my age recommendation.
Highly recommend, and best for 12 and up.