The Forgotten Sky

Fiction - Science Fiction
442 Pages
Reviewed on 07/14/2021
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Author Biography

R.M. Schultz lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, daughter, and many pets. He enjoys the outdoors, playing the guitar, and reading and writing across genres but always includes fantasy or science fiction elements in his work. He founded and heads the North Seattle Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Group.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

The Forgotten Sky by R.M. Schultz is a gorgeous treat not only for fans of science fiction but for any reader who adores superior storytelling. It is a fast-paced, riveting story following six unusual characters as they pursue a perilous mission of bringing down the most powerful corporation in the galaxy — Northrite. Northrite is run by six masked councilmembers, and the corporation is not just powerful but oppressive. At a time of unrest, six people from different parts of the galaxy, united by a common dream, set out to take vengeance on Northrite. Nyranna of Uden wants to save her people from oppression. Seeva is an operative and an activist who stands against the poachers who kill endangered species for profit. Cirx is a knight haunted by the evil that destroyed his people. Rynn is on the run from her home planet and in search of her mother. Jaycken wants to master the powers of the Elemiscists, a young military man with a lot of daring will. These characters are linked by their common goal to destroy Northrite.

R.M. Schultz is a great storyteller, and his effects are spectacular. This sci-fi novel bubbles with inventiveness and is packed with lovable characters, each of them elaborately written and relatable. The descriptions of the struggles of the characters are vivid, and from the start of the story, readers are already fascinated with the conflict between members of Northrite, the councilmembers, and the Elemiscists. Northrite abuses the Elemiscists, people with magical abilities, in many ways. The scenes are fascinating, focused, and the author creates events that grab the attention of readers and force them to follow the realities in the characters' worlds as they shift from one perspective to another. The Forgotten Sky is packed with action and adventure, a story that will keep readers turning the pages. This is a book for anyone looking for high-energy science fiction. It is deft, balanced, and utterly satisfying.

Divine Zape

The Forgotten Sky by R.M. Schultz is a mesmerizing science fiction novel with elements that will appeal to fans of thrillers. The setting is intergalactic, a world where the power of a corporation, Northrite, is strongly felt and not in a positive way. This corporation is run by six masked councilmembers and they abuse and exploit the gifts of the Elemiscists while despising them. A calamity caused by a sun turning bloodred and pulsating creates a crisis and throws the government into tatters as people seek solace. Meanwhile, inspired by a shared vision, six individuals from different backgrounds and different parts of the galaxy are on a course to destroy Northrite. Can they succeed amidst the mounting odds?

This is a story of survival in a world held hostage by a powerful corporation. While the Elemiscists are people with special magical gifts, they are the underdogs. Nyranna can’t stand to see her people suffer much longer. She is intelligent and determined to hurt this corporation in a way they never could have imagined. Other characters that readers will adore include Seeva, an operative and an activist who stands against the exploitation of endangered species for profit and the threat posed to the environment by Northrite. Jaycken is a young military man with a strong desire to become an Elemiscists. Cirx is a medieval knight with a vengeful heart and Rynn is a fugitive with a personal mission. These characters are beautifully written, multidimensional, and hugely believable. I enjoyed the way the author describes their humanity and how their pain becomes easy for readers to understand. The plot is twisty and loaded with unexpected moments. R.M. Schultz writes in beautiful prose and The Forgotten Sky has a spell that is irresistible; the sheer beauty of superior storytelling.

Christian Sia

The Forgotten Sky by R.M. Schultz is science fiction filled with intrigue in which the exploration of conflict is excellent. Northrite is the largest and most influential corporation in the galaxy, with a big palace, a council, and law enforcement. It is run by six shadowy members. These six stay masked to keep their identities hidden. Apart from the Grand Patriarch, nothing holds more power than this council and the councilmen exploit the powers of the Elemiscists to their advantage. When a natural calamity threatens, with a sun turning red, the government loses its grip on things as people worry about their safety. But six people from across the galaxy are out to fight for their freedom and survival, and they are determined to sink Northrite. But do they have what it takes to destroy a corporation as powerful as this one?

The plot is written with ingenuity and the points of view are exceptionally delivered. The Elemiscists are people with special, magical skills and in this story, they are badly treated and exploited, which is why Nyranna of Uden, an Elemiscist herself, is enraged. She is one of those who are determined to sink Northrite. Rynn is a fugitive in search of her missing mother. She has left her home planet and she has many scores to settle. Seeva is an activist who is out to put down the branch of Northrite that sponsors poachers. There is a bounty hunter and a medieval knight with a heavy grudge. These characters are tautly written and readers will enjoy them.

R.M. Schultz is a master storyteller who knows how to write motivation into the characters, giving them depth and making them interesting to follow. Each of the characters, especially the six that are after Northrite, has something to lose, to gain, or to protect. They are driven and their motivation informs their actions. The themes are strong, including magic, the preservation of nature, political intrigue, and oppression. The image of a pulsating blood-red sun is symbolic in this narrative and while it signals trouble for many, it serves as a call to action for those who oppose the power of Northrite. If you enjoy finely crafted science fiction with compelling characters and phenomenal conflict, then this action-packed novel will spark your imagination and immerse you in worlds that are exciting. The Forgotten Sky is not one of those sci-fi novels that will intimidate non-fans, but a story with realistic characters and a world that is intelligently created.

Rabia Tanveer

The Forgotten Sky by R.M. Schultz is a science fiction novel with strong characters and incredibly vivid descriptions that will transport you into the story. To the Northrite corporation, the Elemiscists (people with magical abilities) are nothing but pawns at their disposal. However, when something terrifying happens to the sun nearby, chaos ensues. Amid this chaos, something incredible happens to six individuals who have nothing in common except a dream of a strange figure with a red sun in its palm. These six people come from all walks of life. A military recruit, an Elemiscist slave, a woman looking for her mother, a bounty hunter, an activist, and a knight seeking revenge; all have a battle to win and demons to fight. But why are they having the same dream? Are they supposed to put an end to the Northrite corporation? None of them has the authority or power, so how will they do it?

The Forgotten Sky by R.M. Schultz is not your run-of-the-mill science fiction novel you find at the bookstores. It gave me Game of Thrones vibes, but so much better (if possible). This novel is better than any over-the-top complex science fiction novel with difficult-to-pronounce character names and bizarre situations. The Forgotten Sky has the epic feel missing in modern-day science fiction. We have incredible characters with a purpose, a complex yet easy-to-read plot, and mind-blowing descriptions. The author does a wonderful job of creating incredibly vivid scenes and scenarios. Each character has the opportunity to tell their story and grab the attention of readers. My absolute favorite is Seeva, although Nyranna comes to a close second, followed by Rynn. These are strong characters with real, human flaws (something you don’t find in science fiction these days). To say I loved this is an understatement!