Spotlight Saturday: Burn Red Skies (Burn Red Skies #1), by Kerstin Espinosa Rosero

8 Apr 2023

Genre: Fantasy
Published: 12th November, 2020
Pages: 426
You can get a copy from Amazon.

It starts with a rift that burns a thousand scars into the sky.
It makes the winds stop.
It makes the stars go dark.
It awakens an ancient beast.
And with it, a new reign of blood.
It is the Summoning.
And at the heart of it is fire.

When the Summoner's army blazes through her village, Dove is forced into hiding. Torn from everything she knows, she begins training in the elements with only one goal in mind: to find her brother. She just needs to get past the Summoner's army—but how can she slay a dragon that is already dead?  

Praise for Burn Red Skies

"Rosero has a SENSATIONAL writing style. It’s immediately clear from the opening lines that the author’s voice is strong, and brings something unique. And it spills into her characters wonderfully - it just so happens to have a stellar cast, too." - L.L. MacRae, author of World of Linaria and Dragon Spirits series.

"The racially linked magic system is clever and I utterly loved the idea of the more neutral society that has emerged as a result. The sky ships, the ice caverns, the cities…Kerstin Espinosa Rosero has built a deep and intricate world, and I loved it." - J.E. Hannaford, author of the Black Hind Wakes duology.

"What a debut novel. Kerstin Espinosa Rosero is a serious writing talent and after reading Burn Red Skies I’m not remotely surprised she made the finals of the prestigious Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off in 2021. Rosero’s writing has a distinctive style that’s all her own and she should be on everyone’s radar in the world of fantasy literature." - Tim Hardie, author of the Brotherhood of the Eagle series.

About the author


Filipino American author of debut novel Burn Red Skies somehow finds herself in odd places—whether it be hiking across Germany to draw castles, training in a Muay Thai boot camp in Thailand, or practicing the fine intricacies of Chinese calligraphy in Taiwan. This Bay Area native left home with undefined dreams and somehow ended up studying Chinese in Germany.

Through her experiences, she realized that the story was in the journey, not the destination. It is her dream to one day turn her sketches into stories.