Horizon (Bone Universe)
by Fran Wilde
Cover Artist: Tommy Arnold
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Tor Books Hardcover / eBook ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765377876
Date: 26 September 2017 List Price $27.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
The city is dying and the clouds may be lost forever. The Blackwings fight over the remnants and what supplies remain. The people cower in fear, but beneath the clouds, a few now know the truth. This truth shows the end is near for their way of life.
Macal remains above trying to hold everything together. He works to break the power of the Blackwings. Each tower seems to be on its own and the continuous tremors scare people. He must be ready to aid when the truth emerges.
Kirit and Nat are trapped below with Ciel and Wik. They can see the dire straits that the city faces. Trapped, death is not far away. They know they must warn those above, but also they need to find a new home for those that come to the ground.
When the way home above is opened, the group splits with Nat and Ciel climbing to warn those above while Kirit and Wik go in search of a new home. Each group will face peril in trying to save what they can and move into a new future. New and old enemies appear to thwart their quests.
This is the concluding volume of the Bone Universe, as such readers should plan to start with Updraft and Cloudbound. Each of the volumes has a different main character, and Horizon is no different as much of the story is told from Macal's perspective. There are also perspectives for Kirit and Nat as they tell of the action in other areas, but this is Macal's story. This was a bit confusing at first when the perspective changed between the first two novels, now it is just part of the world and easier to face.
Fans of the series will enjoy the opportunity to see more of the world as it developed. There is additional detail on the cities and how they live, grow, and develop. Wilde does a nice job allowing the people to find a way to be true to their background, even as they are no longer able to behave exactly as they are used to living. I appreciated that there wasn't the need to develop the next great bad guy trap, nature was a big enough adversary. With ongoing series which have a conclusion at the end of each volume, there tends to be too much escalation which leads to overpowering all of the characters which is definitely not the case here. I enjoyed the novel as the characters developed and new aspects were introduced.
For people who enjoy the engineering aspects of the stories, there are still new challenges which need to be overcome. I'd say more but would hate to spoil it for those who haven't had a chance to read Horizon. There are also interesting hints at some very different technology. This is the end of this story arc, but there is potential to return to the world, as there are many potential stories which are hinted at during the course of this final volume. Personally, I am not sure if I want Wilde to continue in this world or spread her wings and find a new current.