Updated: Dec 16, 2020
“If she stayed here, she would never be allowed to fly again. Ever. And that was unacceptable.”
- J.M. Frey, The Skylark’s Song
A war-torn country. A cruel system of discrimination. A fight between what should and what is done. The constant questioning of where loyalties lie. J.M Frey has exposed the raw truth about war through the eyes of Robin Arianhod, a seventeen-year-old mid-flight training to become a pilot. War is where neither side is without fault, and both sides continue their relentless battle to simply not lose. With the realistic struggles of a broken girl growing up in war, the punishing expectations of society, and the incredible steampunk world of the Saskwya and Klonn, The Skylark’s Song builds a sophisticated, paced story where questions are never fully answered, and the truth is hidden under stony deceit.
Robin was born to fly. At least that was what the Wise Woman predicted at her birth. Before the war that is. As a mid-flight, a mechanic-like position who assists the pilot during flight, and as a Sealie, the lower class of Saskwya, she has little to no chance of ever reaching the skies for herself as a pilot. There also lies before her the expectation that she should abandon her dreams and settle down to spend the rest of her days as a docile housewife, but Robin would rather risk her life, fighting in the skies. Her life changes when she gains the title as the only person to survive a fight with the Coyote, the Klonn’s fiercest fighter pilot who has been the cause of multiple casualties and the deaths of pilots and mid-flights she once knew. Suddenly, she has been promoted to pilot (a decision not without its problems) and is flying her own glider.