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Review – Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie

Bonds of Brass

Book Title: Bonds of Brass

Book Description: A young pilot risks everything to save his best friend--the man he trusts most and might even love--only to learn that he's secretly the heir to a brutal galactic empire. Ettian Nassun's life was shattered when the merciless Umber Empire invaded. He's spent seven years putting himself back together under its rule, joining an Umber military academy and becoming the best pilot in his class. Even better, he's met Gal Veres--his exasperating and infuriatingly enticing roommate who's made the Academy feel like a new home. But when dozens of classmates spring an assassination plot on Gal, a devastating secret comes to light: Gal is the heir to the Umber Empire. Ettian barely manages to save his best friend and flee the compromised Academy unscathed, rattled both that Gal stands to inherit the empire that broke him and that there are still people willing to fight back against Umber rule. As they piece together a way to deliver Gal safely to his throne, Ettian finds himself torn in half by an impossible choice. Does he save the man who's won his heart and trust that Gal's goodness could transform the empire? Or does he throw his lot in with the brewing rebellion and fight to take back what's rightfully theirs?

Book Author: Emily Skrutskie

Book Edition: First

Book Format: EBook

Publisher - Orgnization: Del Rey

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Date published: 2020-04-07

ISBN: 9780593128893

Number Of Pages: 304

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  • Characterization - 8/10
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Summary

In this LGBT space opera, young pilot Ettian Nassun saves his friend Gal’s life from an assassination attempt. After this daring rescue, Ettian discovers that his dear friend is actually the heir to the empire that destroyed Ettian’s homeland. The narrative follows Ettian in close first person as he struggles to sort out his priorities: how can he protect Gal without betraying his ideals or his homeland?

 

Bonds of Brass

Bonds of Brass is an LGBT space opera by Emily Skrutskie. As the book opens young pilot Ettian Nassun saves his friend Gal Veres’ life from an assassination attempt at their military academy. After this daring rescue, Ettian discovers that his dear friend is actually the heir to the empire that destroyed Ettian’s homeland. No longer safe where they are, Gal and Ettian escape, Ettian’s only goal keeping his friend alive. Along the way, they meet Wen Iffan, a scrappy young woman with nothing to lose and everything to gain. Ettian sees his past in her, and insists she join their little band. However, Gal isn’t so trusting. The narrative follows Ettian in close first person as he struggles to sort out his priorities: how can he protect Gal without betraying his ideals or his homeland? 

Plot Development

Emily Skrutskie - Bonds of BrassBonds of Brass hits the ground running with a dramatic assassination attempt, and keeps that quick pace going throughout. There’s a lot of drama, but not in an overwrought way. That is to say that it never felt like Skrutskie was stalling for time in either the political or personal plotlines. The plot had a few twists throughout its course that kept me turning the digital pages. Even considering the twists along the way, the ending (no spoilers here!) really knocked me out. 

Conclusion: Bonds of Brass Will Leave You Wanting More (In a Good Way)

Bonds of Brass is the first of a trilogy. While its ending is not exactly a cliffhanger, it’s surprising and changes the expected course of the trilogy. That ending will also remind you just how long it seems between intra-trilogy book releases, unfortunately. 

I thought that Bonds of Brass was a really fun introduction to this world. The space battles were really dazzling, and the three characters were extremely likable, even when they weren’t doing particularly likable things. (Don’t look to this book for a chill read, even though it is a fun one.) I also found Ettian’s major conundrum really intriguing. 

I received this title from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

A Bit of Fun With Fanfic Tags

If you’re looking for a description of Bonds of Brass using common fanfic tags, Del Rey and/or Emily Skrutskie made an image for you.

Utilizing that image feels more effective than listing out the tags they used, and I know some readers find those tags helpful when picking their next read.

A Quick Note on Book Access Tips

I know it’s difficult to get books at home, especially since Amazon is slowing “non-essential” deliveries. You can likely order hard-copy books from bookshop.org, or directly from your local bookstore. Additionally, check to see if your library uses Overdrive, Libby, Hoopla or another ebook lending service. Stay safe!

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Siobhan Dempsey

Siobhan needs books to function, and therefore can infodump quite a lot about them, particularly when they're either science fiction or fantasy.

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