Avery Rendon is weeks away from realizing her dream as a Commonwealth fighter pilot when planetary politics intervene. Reluctantly, she returns to her home planet of Asria, still hoping to break free of her controlling family and their faith. Not much has changed on Asria though, and after her almost-fiancé walks out on her, she’s not sure life can get much worse.
She’s wrong. When the Haederan Empire invades Asria, intent on rebuilding their interstellar domain, Avery becomes a target. She also becomes something else—a Commonwealth intelligence operative. It’s not long before she stumbles upon information that could change the course of the war, and suddenly she’s on the run, forced to confront her fear of death and her lingering doubts about her faith’s teachings.
Swept up in something more dangerous than politics or flying, Avery begins to wonder if her destiny lies somewhere closer to home. If those old beliefs are worth clinging to. And if she’ll live to see the end of it all.
Asrian Skies by Anne Wheeler is a science fiction/space opera for people who don’t (or do, for that matter) normally enjoy that genre.
Well-written, no-nonsense, and, above all, an enjoyable read that I would recommend to anyone, Asrian Skies squishied me in some places and thumped my heart in others. I laughed out loud at times, groaned and threw my head back after that, and experienced giddy spells more than once.
I can’t say a book has ever made me giddy…. *ponders* Not sure. Maybe Jane Eyre?
First off, if you’re like me, you want to know about the content. Nothing about a book matters unless you know whether you might actually be willing to read its content.
Cursing: I didn’t count, but I’m going to guess that there are one or two mild curse words, and about the same amount of curses in the languages of the Asrian Skies universe. In other words, they aren’t real.
Sex: No sex. There are some lovey dovey places (very few) with some kissing, but it’s charming and no one is sucking face in a way that made me uncomfortable with reading it.
Violence: Yes. We’re talking about war and a variety of things that go along with that. You are not, however, going to find gore or overly descriptive violence that will burn itself into your brain.
I had absolutely no crises of the conscience as I read this. So, that being said…
The author creates a futuristic world that bears enough semblance to the world as we know it, that I didn’t have to fight with understanding what was going on when I wanted to enjoy the story. I LOVE that.
Asrian Skies is cast with beautiful characters that are easy to appreciate and get to know. The only character I felt any difficulty getting to know was the protagonist, Avery Rendon. I realized that we just needed more time, though, because she became a lot clearer to me as I continued, and that’s to be expected in any relationship, right?
But the pièce de résistance–I’m going to be honest here, and I’m pretty sure that most who read this book will agree with me– is the antagonist.
Yes, the bad guy.
While the book has many excellent qualities, I feel the antagonist is the cherry and whipped cream on top of a good sundae. It’s not that a sundae without them isn’t awesome enough, but the cherry and whipped cream are what make you want to take a photo and share it on social media… then sing a song about your sundae…
Maybe that’s… just.. me? *ahem* I like sundaes.
So, just a fair warning, the antagonist may mess with your head in ways that you didn’t anticipate, and could land you in a mild form of a character cult. I enjoyed the whole book, but the chemistry between the protagonist and antagonist caused all sorts of mental explosions that made me look forward to every clash, and I kind of wish there had been more. *evil laughter*
Ultimately, a worthy Indie read that I lost sleep over, and I think you should, too.
I wish you clear Asrian Skies and sleepless, page-turning nights.
Sarah Joy Green-Hart
Asrian Skies can be purchased here in paperback or ebook format.
You can also visit Anne Wheeler’s Amazon author page to see her other works!
And if you read Anne’s book, be sure to leave a review of it on Amazon. For an Indie author, a good review is like that sundae with whipped cream and a cherry on top, but less antagonistic. ;o)