by Elizabeth Wein
I received a copy of Sunbird via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I didn't realize that this book was the third in a series when I requested it. Still, not wanting to put off reading it any longer I forged ahead. The book grabbed my attention immediately and didn't let up until the very end. It was fascinating and heartbreaking, with vivid descriptions of an early, almost fantastical Africa and its inhabitants.
Telemakos is the kind of character that I expect in any book written by Elizabeth Wein. He is brave and very intelligent, enough that he can confound the adults who barely notice he's there. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll just say that he is an amazing character and the things he goes through will break your heart.
There was a lot to love about this book. The writing style was absolutely beautiful. There was nothing that I thought was lacking, from first words to last. The setting was so well-written that it was almost as if I were there, hot and thirsty in the desert or relaxing with the lions in the sun.
After reading Code Name Verity, I've been a huge fan of Elizabeth Wein. Now it's official. I'll definitely find the first two books that I missed as soon as I can.