Review: Ignite the Sun by Hanna Howard

Hi guys, welcome! Today I am here with my review of Ignite the Sun by Hanna Howard. I was supposed to publish this review on 15th August as the part of TBR and Beyond Tour’s tour for this book, but I wasn’t able to finish the book on time, so I am publishing the review today.

Ignite the Sun by Hanna Howard

Publisher: Blink

Published on: 18/08/2020

Format: eARC from Netgalley

Genres: YA Fantasy

My Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5



Once upon a time, there was something called the sun… In a kingdom ruled by an evil witch, the sun is just part of a legend about light-filled days of old. Luckily for everybody in the kingdom, Siria Nightingale is headed to the heart of the darkness to try and restore the light–or she will lose everything trying.

Sixteen year-old Siria Nightingale has never seen the sun. The light is dangerous, according to Queen Iyzabel, an evil witch who has shrouded the kingdom in shadow.

Siria has always hated the darkness and revels in the stories of the light-filled old days that she hears from her best friend and his grandfather. Besides them, nobody else understands her fascination with the sun, especially not her strict and demanding parents. Siria’s need to please them is greater even than her fear of the dark. So she heads to the royal city–the very center of the darkness–for a chance at a place in Queen Iyzabel’s court.

But what Siria discovers at the Choosing Ball sends her on a quest toward the last vestiges of the sun with a ragtag group of rebels who could help her bring back the Light … or doom the kingdom to shadow forever. 

My Thoughts

I loved this book!!! It was so so addicting. Once I started I couldn’t stop reading it. If it hadn’t been for my exam I would have finished this book in max 2.5 days. As the rating suggests, there were a few things I didn’t like, but before I get into them let’s talk about what I loved about Ignite The Sun.

What I loved

I loved Siria’s character. I loved following along her story, travelling with her and seeing the world through her eyes. I really connected with her.

The second point I would like to mention is I really liked the world of Ignite the Sun. It has a lot of different creatures, like nymphs, mages, witches etc, and each has there different set of magic rules, which is something I really liked. Even though the world here was not as complicated as some other fantasy books, but still I personally really enjoyed it. I think this book would be really good for Fantasy newbies, because the world was so easy to understand.

I think the biggest plus point of this book is how it is always moving. The adventure never stops in Ignite the Sun. You will never feel like putting the book down. There is always something happening, either revelations were being made, or they were being attacked, or Siria was discovering her powers. It was a perfect escape read for me, as I was completely transferred to that world. Each day, I really looked forward to the time I would be able to dive back into this book.

What I didn’t like

The first problem I faced was that there was not much time for the relationships to develop. Like, the scene where Siria called Yarrow her father. But before that scene there were only 2 scenes where we actually saw any kind of fatherly bond between them, and that too were not very prominent. I wanted more Yarrow and Siria time. I also wanted more Siria and Linden time. I personally thought a lot of the relationships in this book needed a bit more time than what was allotted to them.

Now coming to my second problem. Till 86-87% it was fine, Siria slowly realised her power, the way you would expect, but then all of a sudden in a mere few pages she had learnt everything there was to know about being sunchild and defeating the witch. It was all so sudden. In my opinion, Ignite the Sun should have been given at least 20 more pages here.


The problem in a nutshell was Ignite the Sun tried to do a lot of things in just mere 350 pages. Now, I am not saying that Ignite the Sun was a bad, it wasn’t. It was great. I really enjoyed it. But in my opinion I would have liked Ignite the Sun better if it was made a bit more longer or maybe made into a series, so that more time was given to the relationships and more time was given to Siria learning how to defeat the black queen. But, having said all this I would like to mention yet again that Ignite the Sun is a really good fantasy book. And if you are looking for an engaging, addicting, fantasy escape, you know what to buy!!!

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9 thoughts on “Review: Ignite the Sun by Hanna Howard

  1. Great review and I felt the same about the points you made. Siria coming into her powers and being able to use them very well all of a sudden felt a little too cliché and I also wished that there was better development of relationships (especially since there was plenty of time for it during their travels). It was still a good book though and like you said, great for fantasy newbies!

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    1. Ya so true! Suddenly she knew everything there is to know about defeating the Black Queen. The dagger parts, she never even had used it once before. How did she use it so efficiently in the first go!


  2. Great review! I haven’t decided for sure if I want to pick up this book or not. I am certainly one to get agitated when relationships are rushed along. Those connections are usually the best part of a story for me.


    1. For me too. I think the problem with this book is, that a lot of things happened out of the book. Like Yarrow and Linden worked in Siria’s house and then in her school for a long time. So that is how they bonded I get it, but we don’t get to read about it that much, because most of it happened out of text.


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