After dealing what she hopes is a major blow to the enemy, Avery Rendon has found her way home to Asria. Safe for now, she spends her time adjusting to her new role in her planet’s future and reveling in personal victories. But Asria is still under the control of the Haederan Empire, and their grip has only tightened since the invasion. When the Asrian prime minister asks her to beg the Commonwealth for help in person, she agrees.
It’s a harrowing trip to the Commonwealth’s headquarters, one which comes to an abrupt end when her ship is intercepted by the Haederans in deep space. Her traitorous uncle, the former king of Asria, is there waiting for her. Worse, so is the Haederan interrogator who has haunted her nightmares for the past year. And what he wants with her now? Avery isn’t sure she wants to find out.
Alliances will shift. Trust will be broken. And through it all, time is running out for the people Avery cares about the most.
I’m not into spoilers or telling you anything more about the story than what the author has on the back of their book, so you won’t find that here. What you’re going to find is my feelings and thoughts.
So, let’s begin.
Unbroken Fire held my interest from beginning to ending and brought me back to the characters I already knew and enjoyed from Asrian Skies without giving me cardboard cut-outs that hadn’t changed with their experiences. The characters had grown, and their relationships and the way they interacted with their world changed in a believable and beautiful way.
Unbroken Fire is a beyond-worthy sequel to Asrian Skies. As a matter of fact, with as much as I enjoyed and LOVE Asrian Skies I think my enjoyment level was even higher with Unbroken Fire.
Asrian Skies wowed me with the humanness and quality of its characters and the –*shivers* (I literally did shiver over this just now)– charisma of its antagonist. Saying I enjoyed Unbroken Fire more is my version of a standing ovation for the author and the first book. Without Asrian Skies‘ quality story and characters as a foundation, we wouldn’t have the rest of the story.
Everyone say, “Thank you, Captain Obvious.”
Unbroken Fire brought me to a glorious crescendo with a few unexpected (delightful) chords. That is to say, some “notes” that I didn’t expect to go together, going together, creating complex, human moments to savor and feel. That’s one of the things I most enjoy about reading, you know. I love a story that paints black as black and white as white, but acknowledges the complex human dance between the two, not to mention all the other colors of life that find their way into the mix. Anne Wheeler’s characters feel real to me, in part because of the way her stories handle that black and white dance.
After all that crescendo, dance, black, white, chord business, the story left me satisfied, but still wishing for more. I mean, I won’t tell you who or why, but I desperately ached for two particular characters to hug each other. The ache was real. So real I could have dropped to the floor and thrown an epic tantrum of suppressed hopes.
However, I am willing to acknowledge that (*deep breath*) the author made the right choice, and I am merely a sentimental silly.
If you have not read Asrian Skies, I recommend it. It’s a great space opera/sci-fi novel that can be enjoyed by non-sci-fi fans as well as sci-fi fans. It’s got the goods, and gave me one of my favorite antagonists (Okay, so I got a chill again . . . maybe I’m coming down with something) and a bit of espionage and outer space, while still keeping the world easy to understand and relate to. Paperback and e-book formats are available for purchase on Amazon.
If you have read it, and you’re ready to move on to Unbroken Fire (I’m telling you, it’s such a satisfying read, don’t miss out), it’s available on Amazon, too!
Don’t walk. Run. Rather, don’t click slowly . . . Uh . . . Click quickly.
Try saying that ten times fast.
Sarah Joy Green-Hart
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