Rebel Skies

By Ann Sei Lin

A beautifully written and pacy teen fantasy adventure, set in a world of flying ships, sky cities and powerful paper spirits. Inspired by Asian cultures and exploring themes of empire, slavery and freedom.

Kurara has never known any other life than being a servant on board the Midori, but when her party trick of making paper come to life turns out to be a power treasured across the empire, she joins a skyship and its motley crew to become a Crafter. Taught by the gruff but wise Himura, Kurara learns to hunt shikigami – wild paper spirits sought after by the Princess. But are these creatures just powerful slaves, or are they beings with their own souls? And can a teenage girl be the one to help them find their voice – and change the course of an empire? Excellent world-building, a dramatic and pacy plot, and an array of deep and believable characters – explored through multiple perspectives – make this a hugely exciting fantasy adventure debut.

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 13+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406399592
  • Published: 05 May 2022
  • Price: £7.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 352

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Customer reviews


'In elegant, graceful prose, Ann Sei Lin whisks us off on a tale of eerie magic and high adventure, in which friendships are undying and nothing is as it seems. Featuring a vivid mythology, spectacular battles, and an endlessly surprising heroine, Rebel Skies is as intricate, beautiful and startling as one of the paper spirits Kurara brings to life. ' Jonathan Stroud

'A magical debut that reads like a Ghibli film, brimming with imagination, action and heart. It’s been a long time since I’ve been so immersed in a fantasy world. ' Natasha Ngan

'An intricately constructed ode to papercraft and Japanese culture. I fell in love with this world of airships, cumulous whales and floating cities. Pure magic. ' Lauren James

'With its grand floating cities, fearsome shikigami beasts and a heroine who can manipulate paper with her mind, Ann Sei Lin has created a truly unique world that delights on every page.' Joseph Elliott

'An extraordinary world... The descriptions are vivid, the action scenes breath-taking, the twists perfectly executed, with a cast of characters I’d follow to any flying city!' Annabel Steadman

'Already one of my favourite fantasy worlds of all time.' Morgan Owen, Author of The Girl with No Soul

'Rebel Skies cemented itself as one of my favourite fantasy worlds just about ever!' Reader Review

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