Series: Madion War Series

ARC Review: The Chasm by S. Usher Evans

Posted July 11, 2016 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments

ARC Review: The Chasm by S. Usher EvansThe Chasm by S. Usher Evans
Series: Madion War Series #2
Published by Sun's Golden Ray Publishing on July 12th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, romance, Young Adult
Pages: 296
Format: hardcover
Source: Free for Review
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four-stars

They survived The Island, but can they cross The Chasm?
Four months after Prince Galian was discovered alive on a remote island, he's adjusting slowly to life at the hospital under the Kylaen media's glare. His promises to Theo remain unfulfilled as fear of his father keeps him from taking concrete action. And the more he learns about the machinations in Kylae, the less sure he is that it's possible to make a difference. Across the great Madion Sea, Major Theo Kallistrate struggles to navigate the tricky political waters of Rave's presidential staff. To make positive change for her people, she must remain relevant and interesting to the Raven media and to the president. When he asks her to deliver a speech on her supposed two-month imprisonment at Mael, she's not sure she can stomach the lies. The Chasm is S. Usher Evans' breathtaking, fast-paced follow-up to The Island, which readers say is "not to be missed."

As you might know, I really enjoyed The Island. There’s something special about two enemies, shipwrecked on an island and then fall in love. The romance is woven into a larger and more complex fantasy tale about an ongoing revolution that really worked for me. Plus, I absolutely adore Theo Kallistrate. She’s strong and snarky and stubborn… maybe I identify a little (a lot) with that. I love it when she is so stubborn that she cuts of her nose to spite her face. That’s something I’m know for, much to my husband’s dismay.

The Chasm really builds on the story that’s already in place. Theo grew up a poor orphan; conscripted into the army as soon as she was old enough to hold a wrench. She has seen so much of the fight from the trenches that she thought she knew everything about the war. However, now that she’s back in Rave as a famous war hero, she discovers that there is a definite class system in Rave and maybe everything isn’t quite what is seems.

In Chasm, all of the political undertones and information about the conflict between Kylae and Rave that was in the background in The Island comes rushing in. Theo and Galian are no longer in their island oasis and they have to deal with the real live ramifications of their secret love. On the island, they struggled with outside forces but were together. They had to rely on each other to stay alive. Now they are separated and forced to act independently. It’s a totally different situation.

I love how this book is almost completely opposite of The Island. The main characters are apart for almost the entire book (separated by a Chasm, maybe) and yet the romance is so strong and beautiful. You can really feel Theo and Galian’s connection and their desire to be together, despite outside forces and events keeping them apart.

I can’t wait for Union now!

four-stars

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#SST Blog Tour Review: The Island by S Usher Evans

Posted April 3, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Review / 5 Comments

#SST Blog Tour Review: The Island by S Usher Evans

#SST Blog Tour Review: The Island by S Usher EvansThe Island by S. Usher Evans
Series: Madion War Series, #1
Published by Sun's Golden Ray Publishing on April 26th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, romance, Young Adult
Pages: 260
Format: ebook
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five-stars

**Cover reveal coming February 2016**
Prince Galian is third in line to the throne, but prefers his place as a resident at the Royal Kylaen Hospital. When his father urges him to join the military to help reclaim their colony, Galian is forced to put aside his oath to Do No Harm and fight a war he does not believe in.
Across the great Madion Sea, Captain Theo Kallistrate dreams of a day when she is no longer bound by conscription to fight for her country's independence. But when the Kylaens threaten, honor and duty call her to the front lines to fight off the oppressors.
When an air skirmish goes wrong, both Theo and Galian crash on a remote island hundreds of miles from either nation. Grievously injured, Theo must rely on Galian's medical expertise, and Galian must rely on Theo's survival skills, to live another day in a harsh and unforgiving terrain.
Can they put aside their differences long enough to survive? Or will the war that brought them to the island tear them apart?
The Island is the first in a new romance trilogy by S. Usher Evans, author of the Razia series and Empath.

In an effort of full disclosure, I think I should tell you that I got this book incredibly early. I backed S. Usher Evans’ Kickstarter campaign and she sent me an ebook copy of this before the campaign even funded. Then I had to read it immediately because I’d been looking forward to it. So, I’m writing these words way back in January, since I just read the book and you are reading my post 4 months in the future. Do we have flying cars yet? World peace? Have I finally bought a house? Lord, I hope so.

I don’t even know where to begin. This book had everything I love in it.

Fantastic world building? Check. Rave and Kylae have been at war for generations. The reasons why have become blurred, though Raven and Kylaen memories are long. Both countries have different views and both think their cause is right. Raven culture is ancient, deep, interesting and completely ignored by Kylae.

Main Characters who grow as people? Check. Galian and Theo both become so much more over the course of the novel. They are stuck alone on an island for the majority of the book, so we get to know them very well. I don’t want to go too much into it because, spoilers, but changes happen. Is it wrong to love Theo? If my love is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

Romance? Check. Check. Double Check!! Theo and Galian are on opposite sides of a war. She’s a pilot. He’s a prince. They each represent everything that’s wrong with the opposite culture. Yet, take away all those obstacles and you just have two people. When you strip everything away, they see all that is right with each other.

Series? Check! I love series and this is the first book of three.  A little bird might have beta read the second one. You want to start this series now. Trust me.

five-stars

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