When Copper Suns Fall is urban fantasy set within a dystopian society, 55 years hence, in an America that had had been engulfed in the Tidal Years, a great heavenly battle that changed the world. As a result the Nation of Corunum was created, a typically rigid dystopian society based on strict adherence to laws and customs provoking feat and distrust, governed by a questionable and unbending leadership, called the Tribunal. Survival is only ensured by conformity.
Chela Prizeon, our main protagonist, is nearly sixteen, and while clearly one of the gifted, allowed to remain within the city walls, she also benefits from some of her father’s VIP status. The story kicks off with her twin brother in a suspicious coma, from the glutovirus, and Chela committed to pursue helping him whatever the cost. She is a tenacious, at times naïve, heroine who, while coming to terms with her own unique place and destiny in this angelic world, fights impressive physical battles in her pursuit of the truth and family, and emotional battles, namely for the three men who vie for her attention and commitment.
Chela’s only hope is one of the three angelic groups in this story, the Caduceans, sworn to protect the last seven Light Keepers (amongst whom Chela discovers her own identity) and the ancient memories they share. This group is led by the enigmatic Faris, about whom one spends the novel asking oneself, ‘well is he a good guy or a bad guy?” This tension is very beautifully woven into the story, and in my opinion, one of its strengths.
In this promising debut, KaSonndra Leigh offers a world of secrets and high stakes, which while I found slow to comprehend and complex, is well developed, mysterious, painful and persuasive. It is full of unravelling memories, celestial creatures, grey villainy, challenging choices, and complex relational attraction and repellence, When Copper Suns Fall, is an original urban fantasy that promises well for its sequels.