Frozen meets Mad Max in this epic teen fantasy duology bursting with star-crossed romance, immortal heroines, and elemental magic, perfect for fans of Furyborn.
Generations of twin goddesses have long ruled Aeon. But seventeen years ago, one sister’s betrayal defied an ancient prophecy and split their world in two. The planet ceased to spin, and a Great Abyss now divides two realms: one cloaked in perpetual night, the other scorched by an unrelenting sun.
While one sister rules Aranth—a frozen city surrounded by a storm-wracked sea —her twin inhabits the sand-locked Golden City. Each goddess has raised a daughter, and each keeps her own secrets about her sister’s betrayal.
But when shadowy forces begin to call their daughters, Odessa and Haidee, back to the site of the Breaking, the two young goddesses —along with a powerful healer from Aranth, and a mouthy desert scavenger —set out on separate journeys across treacherous wastelands, desperate to heal their broken world. No matter the sacrifice it demands.
I can’t believe I almost DNF’ed this book. I also can’t believe it doesn’t have so many positive reviews.
In all honesty, I almost abandoned this book after the first four chapters. In each chapter, a character and POV was introduced. There was a loooot to take in in just a few chapters and POVs. You first need to understand the magic system, then the world structure, and more importantly why this world is divided into two parts and what events brought it to stop spinning. But after that, “oh yes, baby”!
I know the majority of readers compared this book to previous works from the writer, and I also read a few people think it’s not completely original, as it has similarities to Three Dark Crown. Well, unfortunately, I haven’t read that – hey, it’s me, massive TBR, not enough centuries… The Never Tilting World was my first read from Rin Chupeco. But when I got to understand that the core message of this story was actually how climate changes are dramatically impacting our planet and animal habitat, I was in complete awe and ready to offer my services to Rin Chupeco.
I thought it was a brilliant way to explore, with fantasy and magic, this very much relevant issue. This world went through the Breaking, which divided the world into two halves. One part of the world constantly lives under the scorching sun, and with not much water available, and the other one is living in constant night time, with cold weather conditions that make it almost uninhabitable. We have two twin sisters, who don’t know about each other and they live on each side of the world. They both go through a similar journey to find a way to bring the world back together and life to normal.
Chupeco combines the two storylines flawlessly. While the twins’ journeys have similarities, they maintain opposite and distinct personalities and go through a contrasting growth path. All the main characters in this story have something to offer to the reader. I personally loved Arjun, and this array of diverse/queer characters bring the reader to explore themes such as disability, sexual assault and PTSD. I must say, the writer did an incredible job combining two opposite storylines together to give a full picture of the history of this world to the reader. Haidee and Arjun part was a lighter read, it had more occasional laughs and Mad Max-kind-of-actions. Odessa’s story was a journey into the darkness in every sense, more dramatic and with more bloody action scenes.
In conclusion, honestly, the more negative reviews I read about this one comparing it to other Chupeco’s works, the more I want to read everything she has written.
Climate change is an important topic to me, I care a lot about it, and I am so glad this issue was explored with a fantasy perspective. I also appreciate how the writer posed specific questions at the end, through Odessa and Haidee’s words. She clearly set up what we can expect and need to find out in the second book, which I can’t wait to read.