“Skyward Inn” by Aliya Whiteley BOOK REVIEW

Skyward Inn

Publication Date: 16th March 2021

Publisher: Solaris

ISBN: 9781781088821

Genre: Science Fiction

Strong Point: The story is intriguing. 

Weak Point: It is a very confusing book and there are too many loose ends.

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Goodreads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3.51/5)

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This is going to be a short review, as I don’t really know what is going on in this book.

Having said so, I will try to explain what it is about.

Skyward Inn is the name of a small inn run by Isley and Jem. From the beginning, we know that Isley is not “human” but some type of alien, a Qitan, tolerated by the people of the village and the ones who visit the inn every night to drink something called Jarrowbrew.

Then, one night, a Qitan female called Won appears at the inn with a broken suit. It seems this “suit” serves her as a vehicle. Somehow the appearance of Won makes everyone very suspicious and uncomfortable. Why? No idea. Perhaps because as it unfortunately always happens people are afraid of what they do not understand and are suspicious of everyone and everything which is different from them.   


From then on, the author tells us about many different stories apart from this central one at the Inn.

We learn about Dominic, Jem’s brother, who lives with Jem’s son called Fosse. Dominic is the head of the council and a school teacher.

We also learn about some more people from the village, like Doctor Clarke, and Reverend Summer (who is their spiritual leader), and Benny Sykes, the village policeman. 

However all these people act quite weird and very cult-like. Fosse also encounters three people, two women and a man, who are staying in a type of barn. 

Sounds confusing? Well, that is the best way to describe “Skyward Inn”. 


I felt quite disconnected from the story and the characters and I simply did not understand the many things which were happening and the behaviours of the characters.

I felt disoriented and lost most of the book and I still don’t truly know what the book is about. 

The story is divided into two halves with such an abrupt division that you simply don’t know if these are two books within one. I sincerely don’t understand such a change in the story. 

For all this, I cannot recommend “Skyward Inn” to you.  

Thanks to the publisher, Solaris, the author Aliya Whiteley and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of “Skyward Inn” for review purposes.