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What critics say:

Falcons are the new dragons in this engrossing fantasy series opener...

With political intrigue, epic battle sequences, jolts of romance, and strong female and queer characters, there’s a lot to pique readers’ interests here. But it’s the unique worldbuilding and beautifully complex sibling relationship that make this a must-read.

Readers will be swept away in this book’s talons.
— Kirkus Reviews, starred review
London’s world-building is exceptional, and the story has twists and turns to keep readers engaged. VERDICT A well-crafted fantasy featuring diverse characters, this book is a strong selection for all libraries serving teens.
— School Library Journal, starred review
A fantasy unlike anything you’ve seen before

And what some readers say:

Black Wings Beating is an incredible journey, unlike anything I have ever read before...London has created an incredible novel that will leave you desperately awaiting the follow up.
— Rachel Strolle, Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville, IL
Full of action, intrigue, suspense and love, I was captivated
— Kristin Treviño, Youth & Digital Services Librarian, Irving Public Library-South Irving Library
Magic, birds, siblings with a fraught and loving relationship, complicated politics — every part of it was a delight, even when it punched me in the chest. I read it in one day, and at night I dreamed of soaring
— A Hirsh, Juneau Public Libraries

"'Black Wings Beating' gives us irresistible, complex characters in a propulsive, adventure-filled story, pulling off the rare trick of leaving its readers satisfied but undeniably excited for a second volume." -NBC's TODAY Show

“a brilliantly crafted high fantasy about a society in which survival depends on falconry; even bird haters will be spellbound…Black Wings Beating” is its own wondrous thing.” --The New York Times Book Review

"Epic thrills, heart-punching romance, and a marvel of a hero"

--Adam Silvera, New York Times-bestselling author of They Both Die at the End

The people of Uztar have long looked to the sky with hope and wonder. Nothing in their world is more revered than the birds of prey and no one more honored than the falconers who call them to their fists.

Brysen strives to be a great falconer―while his twin sister, Kylee, rejects her ancient gifts for the sport and wishes to be free of falconry. She’s nearly made it out, too, but a war is rolling toward their home in the Six Villages, and no bird or falconer will be safe.

Together the twins must journey into the treacherous mountains to trap the Ghost Eagle, the greatest of the Uztari birds and a solitary killer. Brysen goes for the boy he loves and the glory he's long craved, and Kylee to atone for her past and to protect her brother's future. But both are hunted by those who seek one thing: power.

In this first young-adult fantasy novel in a trilogy, Alex London launches a soaring saga about the memories that haunt us, the historiesthat hunt us, and the bonds of blood between us.



What some other authors had to say about it: 

Enter the gritty culture of cutthroat falconry in Alexander London’s Black Wings Beating and prepare to be riveted...And did I mention the falcons? You’ll fall in love with the falcons.
— Kendare Blake, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Three Dark Crowns
A ferocious fantasy world coupled with two formidable protagonists...Stunning and arresting; a must-read.
— Dhonielle Clayton, author of The Belles
Hypnotic and immersive from start to finish. Black Wings Beating is a stunning fantasy novel unlike anything I’ve ever read, built on themes of power, loyalty, and survival in a meticulously crafted world, helmed by two siblings fighting for the things they love—on the ground and in the sky. This book is a captivating, gut-wrenching knock out.
— Mackenzi Lee, NYTimes bestselling author of The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue