Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
What’s it about?
The first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and woven into a tale of celestial prophecies, political intrigue, and forbidden magic.
A god will return
When the earth and sky converge
Under the black sun
In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is usually a time for celebration and renewal, but this year it coincides with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial event proscribed by the Sun Priest as an unbalancing of the world.
Meanwhile, a ship launches from a distant city bound for Tova and set to arrive on the solstice. The captain of the ship, Xiala, is a disgraced Teek whose song can calm the waters around her as easily as it can warp a man’s mind. Her ship carries one passenger. Described as harmless, the passenger, Serapio, is a young man, blind, scarred, and cloaked in destiny. As Xiala well knows, when a man is described as harmless, he usually ends up being a villain.
Why would it look good on film?
Simply put, there just isn’t anything on bookshelves like Black Sun. This isn’t your mama’s fantasy. This is a Pre-Columbian beauty that tells a story, a millennia in the making. There is such a unique and beautiful magic to the world-building in this story and such wonderful individualism, viewers would be hard-pressed to find its equal. The potential for visual impact is limitless. Someone get this on the screen immediately!