Author: Melissa Landers
Sequel to: Starflight
Date Started: March 20
Date Finished: March 22
Format: Hardcover from local library
When Princess Cassia Rose fled her home world of Eturia to escape an arranged marriage, she had no idea her sudden departure would spark a war. Now after two years hiding as a ship hand, she is finally returning to her beloved home, but not in the way she imagined. Shackled by bounty hunters, she is violently dragged back to account for her crimes. Her only solace is that the Banshee crew managed to evade capture, including Kane Arric, her best friend…with occasional benefits.
Meanwhile, Kane and the rest of the crew of the Banshee plan a desperate rescue mission. But when they arrive on Eturia, Cassia isn’t exactly in need of heroics—she’s claimed her birthright as Eturia’s queen, but has inherited a war-torn planet simmering with rebellion. Cassia must make alliances, and Kane, the bastard son of a merchant, isn’t a choice that will earn her any friends. Kane knows he will never find someone to replace Cassia—and is certain she returns his feelings—but how can he throw away his own promising future waiting on a queen? When the outer realm is threatened by the dangerous Zhang mafia, Cassia, Kane and the rest of the Banshee crew uncover a horrifying conspiracy that endangers the entire universe. In the face of unspeakable evil, Cassia must confront her own family’s complicated legacy on Eturia and decide once and for all who her real family is.
Here is another book where I originally loved book one and couldn’t wait for the next one, but I was supremely disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, this book was relatively good. Landers fleshes out the characters she created in Starflight a little bit more, with a focus on the characters of Cassia and Kane. But there in lies the problem. I don’t know if it was just me, but this book seemed to be a little bit jumpy, time wise. Just as I was starting to get into the groove of Kane or Cassia’s chapter, the chapter would end and it almost seemed like when the next POV picked up time had passed. Then there was also the back and forth that Cassia kept going through with Kane. Best friend that she feels something more for, but can’t act on those feelings because she is the next queen and she might not be able to end up with him. Five minutes later, she’s about to die she has to act on those feelings consequences be damned. And so on and so forth. When she finally decided on what to do I wanted to hold a dance party.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. This book was just okay. I missed Solara and Doran’s relationship and wished we got to see them more. I also didn’t like the pacing, Cassia’s indecision and some of the choices characters made.
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