Bonds of Brass (The Bloodright Trilogy #1)
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?

Bonds of Brass (The Bloodright Trilogy #1) Details

TitleBonds of Brass (The Bloodright Trilogy #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 7th, 2020
PublisherDel Rey Books
ISBN-139780593128893
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, LGBT, Young Adult, GLBT, Queer

Bonds of Brass (The Bloodright Trilogy #1) Review

  • Chaima ✨ شيماء
    January 1, 1970
    *slowly removes my heart-shaped sunglasses* so did you hear that this is gay sci-fi with a bffs-to-lovers romance between a pilot and his best friend who is the (secret) heir of a galactic empire? has pretty much every trope that sings to my heart, including but not limited to: forbidden romance, and there was only one bed, fake dating, ANGST with a side of pining?I really enjoyed this book. Skrutskie deftly handles character definition, the well-constructed pacing, and lean action, and *slowly removes my heart-shaped sunglasses* so did you hear that this is gay sci-fi with a bffs-to-lovers romance between a pilot and his best friend who is the (secret) heir of a galactic empire? has pretty much every trope that sings to my heart, including but not limited to: forbidden romance, “and there was only one bed”, fake dating, ANGST with a side of pining?I really enjoyed this book. Skrutskie deftly handles character definition, the well-constructed pacing, and lean action, and audaciously peppers her narrative with hard-hitting questions about ethics and responsibility that had many thoughts drawing circles in my skull. Throughout I couldn't help but approach certain characters and their choices with a critical eye, a roving skepticism, and my allegiance to them sometimes felt like a frayed rope that could snap at any moment. I had never felt more unsure about where I stood with a character before, and the novel uncertainty of it was exhilarating. The story definitely packs a punch, especially as we rocket toward the sequel in the final pages, and the ending left me clamoring for more. 3,5 stars.☆ ko-fi ★ blog ☆ twitter ★ tumblr ☆
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    this book said finnpoe rights and i am FOR IT
  • amy ☂︎
    January 1, 1970
    emily skrutskie said if i can't have canon finnpoe i'll just do it myself and i respect that
  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    BONDS OF BRASS is my big little troublemaker. It was the book I wrote in the spring of 2016remember those days?and it'd been the joyful light that's carried me through the time since then. It's made of secrets and lies and the ultimate question of how far you can trust someone who's been lying to you the entire time. It's got a half-burnt girl with a rainbow umbrella whom I love with my entire heart, and two disastrous bisexual boys who might bring the entire galaxy down around them for each BONDS OF BRASS is my big little troublemaker. It was the book I wrote in the spring of 2016—remember those days?—and it'd been the joyful light that's carried me through the time since then. It's made of secrets and lies and the ultimate question of how far you can trust someone who's been lying to you the entire time. It's got a half-burnt girl with a rainbow umbrella whom I love with my entire heart, and two disastrous bisexual boys who might bring the entire galaxy down around them for each other. And a horrible spaceship. And streaking. And other shenanigans. I hope it brings you even more delight than it has brought me.
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  • Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    Tor: We have the LGBT+ sci-fi market cornered, bitches 😎Del-Rey: WE'RE CHANGING OUR NAME TO DEL-GAY
  • Miranda
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this novel from a Goodreads Giveaway hosted by Random House Book Club.Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie was more amazing than I could have imagined. This book served as an introduction to Skrutskies work, and I was honestly impressed. Other than reading the synopsis and seeing mutual friends post about it, I had little background knowledge going in. Due to this, I had no idea what to expect. I was hooked to say the least and absolutely devoured this book in a matter of days. I received an ARC of this novel from a Goodreads Giveaway hosted by Random House Book Club.Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie was more amazing than I could have imagined. This book served as an introduction to Skrutskie’s work, and I was honestly impressed. Other than reading the synopsis and seeing mutual friends post about it, I had little background knowledge going in. Due to this, I had no idea what to expect. I was hooked to say the least and absolutely devoured this book in a matter of days. Bonds of Brass is set in space and follows Ettian Nassun, a young pilot who has spent years putting himself back together after the Umber Empire invaded his homeland. Ettian works hard to become the best pilot in his class after joining an Umber military academy, and on that note things seem to be looking up. He’s finally not alone anymore; he finds a best friend in his roommate Gal Veres. However, the two are blindsided when dozens of their classmates launch an assassination attempt on Gal after discovering he is in fact the heir to the Umber Empire. All of this happens very early on in the book, which caught me by surprise at first because I had no idea where the story would go with so many pages left. Skrutskie knows exactly what she is doing as writer; her work is fun and enthralling all the way through. Ettian saves Gal on many occasions, and they embark on an action packed journey to get Gal safely back home where his rule and goodness could transform the empire. Ettian and Gal must not only navigate dangers but their growing feelings for each other as well. These feelings and what Gal could accomplish tear Ettian apart when he realizes survivors from his home are willing to launch a rebellion and war to claim what is rightfully theirs. These two sides continue to test Ettian’s loyalty from beginning to end. I sympathized with Ettian because I could never imagine how hard it would be to lose your home, friends, and family. At the same time, I deeply cared for both Ettian and Gal, so it was hard to only root for one. On their journey, the two are later joined by Wen Iffan, a wild and smart character who has her own troubled past and gives Ettian and Gal a run for their money. Wen deserves her own mention here; she saves Ettian and Gal and aids them on their journey. At first, I found her to be reckless in a way that made me worry for the main characters, so I was not sure if I liked her. However, her story and friendship made me care for her as well. Nonetheless, her wild demeanor always kept me on edge, but not in a negative way because she is a really cool character. Together, these three plot and try to make their way to safety. However, none of them seem to know each other’s full stories. Ettian, Gal, and Wen then find themselves stuck in a war between different empires, but at least they can still rely on one another.Just when I think I know where the story is going, Skrutskie surprises me yet again. The ending really picked up and made me feel like I could not put the book down. I had to know what was going to happen, but nothing prepared me for the twists at the end. Emily Skrutskie is an amazing writer and storyteller, and I definitely recommend Bonds of Brass. I absolutely cannot wait for the rest of this trilogy! Thank you to Random House Book Club and Goodreads for giving me the opportunity to read and review this novel before its release on April 7th, 2020.
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  • wanderer (Para)
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes, you just have a powerful feeling that you're going to love a book and in my experience, that instinct is never to be ignored. Bonds of Brass first came to my attention randomly, on twitter. Still in the depths of my Star Wars obsession and salty over Rise of Skywalker (oh so salty), I had to request it. It seemed tailor-made for what I wanted and needed.And it was fantastic. What it promised, it delivered in spades. Fast-paced, yup. Heavily Star Wars inspired, yup. Fun, fanfic-style Sometimes, you just have a powerful feeling that you're going to love a book and in my experience, that instinct is never to be ignored. Bonds of Brass first came to my attention randomly, on twitter. Still in the depths of my Star Wars obsession and salty over Rise of Skywalker (oh so salty), I had to request it. It seemed tailor-made for what I wanted and needed.And it was fantastic. What it promised, it delivered in spades. Fast-paced, yup. Heavily Star Wars inspired, yup. Fun, fanfic-style romantic tropes, yup. More twists than a ship executing a complex maneuver, yup. And that ending. Holy fuck. It's the kind of book you read popcorn in hand, and then recommend to friends to watch their reactions popcorn in hand too. I'd say it even overdelivered - in places, I could barely manage a few pages at a time because the tension was too high and I was too afraid for the characters.If a highly entertaining but not necessarily relaxing story is what you're looking for, this is the perfect book for you.Ettian is the best pilot in the Umber Empire's military academy. Orphaned and left to fend for himself in the streets after the Umber Empire conquered his home, he has spent the last few years trying to put his life back together, forget his past, and abandon any hope that the Archon Empire might be restored. When his best friend (and let's face it, crush) Gal is revealed as the Umber heir and attacked from multiple sides, he is torn - should he help the person he loves the most or join the rebellion in hope that the Archon Empire might be restored?First of all, the pacing is absolutely breakneck. It doesn't let go for even a page. Just when you think poor Ettian couldn't get himself more tangled up in the whole mess, there comes another twist of the knife. The plot is designed for maximum internal conflict - in a way that felt natural to me - and while that's precisely what makes it so intense and compelling, it was, at points, too much for me. Too good, perhaps. I was often too afraid for the characters to read on and could only handle reading it in short bursts. But that's 100% a me thing. AND THAT ENDING. Wow.The reason why it works so well are the characters. It's written from Ettian's perspective, in first person, so we really get to see inside his head. It's very well done. I felt for him - his fears, his insecurities, indecision, split loyalties, trauma. He's not perfect by any means and it bites him in the ass literally all the time, but he's complex and utterly compelling. I also liked Wen, a friend they make along the way...but I did have a slight issue with Gal. We don't really get to see the side that made Ettian fall in love with him, and his compassion remains mostly an informed attribute - from his behaviour on page, he doesn't really deserve the level of adoration (and he's shitty to Wen...!). Might also be due to the limitations of intensely first-person single-POV narrative style, but the fact remains: I rooted for Ettian to join the rebellion more than for him to remain with Gal.The world felt heavily inspired by Star Wars (a huge plus for me!) - spaceship stunts, hotshot pilots, empires, the way travel works, vibroweapons, rebellion, a group of warriors that was wiped off by the empire (OR WERE THEY) - but with enough original touches that it was more than just Star Wars with serial numbers filed off. I look forward to seeing more of it in the next book.In short, it's fun, it's angsty, it's one hell of a ride, and I'd absolutely recommend it. And most importantly: when do we get the sequel?Enjoyment: 3/5 because TOO INTENSEExecution: 4.5/5Recommended to: those who wish Star Wars was gayer, YA fans, anyone looking for a fast-paced space romp with twistsNot recommended to: fellow fools who get overattached to characters, those looking for a romance book, those who don't like books focused on internal conflict and (justified) angstMore reviews on my blog, To Other Worlds.
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  • rin ( ̄ヘ ̄) read/watch mo dao zu shi
    January 1, 1970
    this is so totally a finnpoe book isnt itill have 10
  • Rylee Richard
    January 1, 1970
    Ultimately a gripping science-fiction that features a him-and-him star-crossed romance within a political landscape on the cusp of a revolution. One side came to power in blood while the other side seeks justice, and Ettian must decide where his loyalties lie. Ettian, our protagonist, is in love with a boy that tests his loyalty to his origins. His family died during the revolution when he was a kid, and he's lost so much that he's content to simply be alive and fed. His priority now is Ultimately a gripping science-fiction that features a him-and-him star-crossed romance within a political landscape on the cusp of a revolution. One side came to power in blood while the other side seeks justice, and Ettian must decide where his loyalties lie. Ettian, our protagonist, is in love with a boy that tests his loyalty to his origins. His family died during the revolution when he was a kid, and he's lost so much that he's content to simply be alive and fed. His priority now is protecting Gal, his roommate and (as we discover) a central player in the power's that be. But as his people make a comeback, he must choose – does he still continue protecting the boy or does he rejoin his people?Ettian frustrated me at times. He doesn't communicate, and he's indecisive, but mostly what drove me crazy was just how much he prioritized Gal who really didn't seem to deserve it. Gal doesn't give him the benefit of the doubt when situations call for it. Ettian is strong in conventional ways; he's a talented pilot, and goes to admirable lengths to protect Gal. But he's so self-deprecating that it can be a hard perspective to sit behind for extended periods. There are a couple of good romantic moments, but until I can really get behind Gal as a character, I just don't feel that it'll be all that fulfilling. Given where this story leaves off, it really does seem like Gal will be in a beneficial position as far as his capacity for character growth goes. Gal has a bit of growing up to do.I'll definitely read the sequel, but I hope to see an Ettian that is more willing to claim what he wants (and hopefully he wants more than just Gal). Ettian has some growing up of his own to do.
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  • Rebecca Roanhorse
    January 1, 1970
    I blurbed this book and said: "An exciting YA space opera full of action and adventure that explores the bonds of loyalty and love and what happens when they are stretched to their limits."Lots of fun, great tension between the characters, danger, excitement - it's all there. The resolution was a bit jarring but not fatally so. A solid YA space opera.
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  • Benjamin (The Maniac)
    January 1, 1970
    With this book, my dreams are officially coming true.
  • Emily Duncan
    January 1, 1970
    this is one of my FAVORITE BOOKS I'VE READ THIS YEAR IT'S SO MUCH FUN.
  • Tara Sim
    January 1, 1970
    BOYS GOOD. READ THE BOYS.
  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    I don't know why I self sabotage by reading the super addicting ARC of the 1st book of a trilogy!! the wait for book 2 will be endless and I'm on tenterhooks! UGHLoved the gay star-crossed lovers, but there is A LOT of angst and war trauma that made me anxious at times, esp with the lack of communicating and the self sacrificing. I LOVED Wen and her rainbow umbrella weapon!!
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    EMILY SKRUTSKIE COULD NOT HAVE WRITTEN A BOOK THAT WAS MORE MY JAM IF SHE'D TRIED. THIS BOOK IS EXTREMELY MY SHIT AND I AM GOING TO BE INTERNALLY SHRIEKING ABOUT IT FOR THE NEXT YEAR I S2GThis book is extremely full of all my favorite things, and I cannot put into words my glee at every single page turn leading to MORE of my favorite things. They were roommates! There was only one bed! He's royalty! It's forbidden! They fake date! They pine! They kiss in the pilot's chair! Oh yeah, also there is EMILY SKRUTSKIE COULD NOT HAVE WRITTEN A BOOK THAT WAS MORE MY JAM IF SHE'D TRIED. THIS BOOK IS EXTREMELY MY SHIT AND I AM GOING TO BE INTERNALLY SHRIEKING ABOUT IT FOR THE NEXT YEAR I S2GThis book is extremely full of all my favorite things, and I cannot put into words my glee at every single page turn leading to MORE of my favorite things. They were roommates! There was only one bed! He's royalty! It's forbidden! They fake date! They pine! They kiss in the pilot's chair! Oh yeah, also there is REVOLUTION! And space battles! Chases and escapes! Revenge! There is nothing about this book that I don't like; I've been thinking about it CONSTANTLY since finishing it, and I cannot WAIT to get my hot little hands on the sequel.
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  • Bon
    January 1, 1970
    Alrighttt, I had so much fun reading this. There was so much GOOD in this that I gotta just break it down systematically. THANK YOU TO NETGALLEY FOR THIS ADVANCED COPY FOR REVIEW *_* Political commentary: Theres a lot in here about dismantling violent monarchic regimes, anti-imperialism, classism, and more. But none of the messaging ever gets in the way of the plot, which, apart from a slightly-slower part about a third into the book, surges forward like the ships the characters fly. Plot: There Alrighttt, I had so much fun reading this. There was so much GOOD in this that I gotta just break it down systematically. THANK YOU TO NETGALLEY FOR THIS ADVANCED COPY FOR REVIEW *_* Political commentary: There’s a lot in here about dismantling violent monarchic regimes, anti-imperialism, classism, and more. But none of the messaging ever gets in the way of the plot, which, apart from a slightly-slower part about a third into the book, surges forward like the ships the characters fly. Plot: There were so many excellent choices made! The boys have an already-established deep friendship, so there was no insta-love to content with my brain about. The action starts literal pages in and doesn’t cease much, so my ADHD brain was comfortably along for the ride. The star wars parallels are visible and fun, but there are some excellent differences in characters and main storyline. There’s a plot twist at about ninety percent in that I was absolutely living for – never saw it coming and it was very satisfying in context. Realism: So many plot aspects were down-to-earth, forgive the pun, as this book is REALLY SPACE-Y. One character has acne, everyone sweats through their clothes the whole book, and at one point they have to find a corner store to brush their teeth after sleeping on the streets. I mightily appreciated this attention to detail, because so often in epic tales, people are just glamorous and clean 24/7 and it bothers me sooo much. The queer relationships are the absolute opposite of token or shoehorned in, there are throwaway lines about queer couples, and the boys’ progression towards a romantic relationship felt absolutely organic, AND it felt accepted in the world/society of the book. What we like to see!The writing: Honestly, I highlighted a good forty percent of this book on my kindle. It’s excellent and quotable and there are just so many fantastic epic lines, swoonworthy lines, and cute moments. Skrutskie's prose, her choices of wording at so many pivotal moments...I cannot quote as this is an unedited ARC, but… I doubt much will be changed that could alter the pure joy that was reading this book. A solid five-star recommendation from me if you love space adventures, diverse characters, and queer adorableness.
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    So I was right about my suspicions, and it was done well, but Ill just say that I really dont like when conflict happens via lack of communication. Longer review to come! So I was right about my suspicions, and it was done well, but I’ll just say that I really don’t like when conflict happens via lack of communication. Longer review to come!
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  • Carlee
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. Simply, wow. This book surpassed all of my incredibly high expectations. I received this ARC from Del Rey Books on Netgalley. This did not in any way affect my review! I'm going to start with a serious review for the next three paragraphs, and then I'm going to write a fun review beneath it, so stick with me!Emily Skrutskie's first book in The Bloodright Trilogy is fast, thrilling, and achingly wonderful. The action begins immediately, and so did my love for this book and its characters. Wow. Simply, wow. This book surpassed all of my incredibly high expectations. I received this ARC from Del Rey Books on Netgalley. This did not in any way affect my review! I'm going to start with a serious review for the next three paragraphs, and then I'm going to write a fun review beneath it, so stick with me!Emily Skrutskie's first book in The Bloodright Trilogy is fast, thrilling, and achingly wonderful. The action begins immediately, and so did my love for this book and its characters. Over the course of the novel, Ettian finds himself torn between two empires: The Archon Empire who raised him and then collapsed around him seven years ago, and the Umber Empire, who colonized his home but also gave him Gal—the boy he loves and also the boy set to inherit the entire Umber Empire. This is a classic conflict between past and present, between belief in a cause and belief in a person, and no matter what choice Ettian makes, he stands to break his own heart. Reading this book, I was horrified to find that I had no idea how it would end, what Ettian would choose, or even what choice I as a reader wanted him to make. Which is to say, Ettian is the perfect narrator. He can always make the reader see things as he sees them, and the reader can't help but feel the same heart-tearing conflict that Ettian feels. I also need to praise the other two main characters in this book as well as the lovely cast of side characters. There's Gal, of course, who is a delight. I didn't always fully trust him, but I always adored him. He's a genius, a talented liar, a bit of a softie on the inside, a tortured soul, a prideful prince, a huge flirt, and so vulnerable I just wanted to wrap him in a hug for half of the book. There's Wen, a chaotic street-smart sixteen-year-old orphan who shines in her role as the tritagonist and stole my heart immediately. There's also a badass lady colonel, a soft soldier boy who likes audiobooks, and several other very memorable side characters who make this story that much better. On rare occasions, I assign a book a 5-star rating before I even get halfway into the story, and this was one of those books. Of course, that placed a certain pressure on my reading, because the second half had to live up to the first half. I'm thrilled to say that it absolutely did. This book literally took my breath away. I screamed, I gasped, I laughed. I stressed over this book while I was at work. I walked from my train station to my front door without looking up from my Kindle. This book is utterly gripping. You won't want to put it down. Now, I'm turning off serious reviewer mode and I'm going to gush a little. If you don't like fangirling, feel free to skip this bit. AHHHHHHH. Okay, glad I got that out of my system. This book is absolutely scream-worthy. You want tropes? You've got them. You want unresolved sexual tension that crackles on the page? You've come to the right place. I literally made a list of all of the wonderful tropey, squeal-inducing things that happen in this book, which I will include a sample of below with as few spoilers as possible. Read at your own risk!This book has:-Lap Sitting-There's only one bed (sometimes by CHOICE?)-Fake dating-Near kisses-Mutual spoken and unspoken sexual tension and pining-"Why aren't you wearing a shirt?"-Play fighting until whoopsie, I'm on top of you-"and they were roommates"-Catching your love interest as they literally fall into your armsAnd so many other things I won't even get into!Rather than carrying on for another 500 words praising the worldbuilding, the incredible diversity, and the way that Emily Skrutskie clearly knows her way around a spaceship, I'm just going to conclude this review by saying GO READ THIS BOOK THE DAY IT COMES OUT. DO IT. Meanwhile, I'm going to suffer for the next year or more until I can get my hands on the sequel.
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  • Chelsea
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked the first 40-50% of this book but after that point I got kind of bored and confused with the story. I didn't like the pacing. There was too much action and not enough character interactions. And I don't think it had enough of Ettian's thoughts and feelings to really understand his motivations.(though I do think that that was intentional) The relationship between Ettian and Gal seemed a little too rushed and I didn't understand why they wanted to be together. There wasn't enough of I really liked the first 40-50% of this book but after that point I got kind of bored and confused with the story. I didn't like the pacing. There was too much action and not enough character interactions. And I don't think it had enough of Ettian's thoughts and feelings to really understand his motivations.(though I do think that that was intentional) The relationship between Ettian and Gal seemed a little too rushed and I didn't understand why they wanted to be together. There wasn't enough of their friendship to understand why they even liked each other or how it got from that point to being in love. Overall, I was just really dissapointed and I wish I didn't go into it with such high expectations and I don't think I'll read the rest of the series.
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  • BookinandCookin
    January 1, 1970
    miss skrutskie really said "finnpoe ain't over til I say it is" and I respect that
  • Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    So apparently this is a queer sci-fi about a pilot and a secret prince who have a friends to lovers romance...are we finally getting the Stormpilot story we deserve?! TELL ME FINN AND POE ARENT IN LOVE. BECAUSE I WONT BELIEVE YOU. So apparently this is a queer sci-fi about a pilot and a secret prince who have a friends to lovers romance...are we finally getting the Stormpilot story we deserve?! TELL ME FINN AND POE AREN’T IN LOVE. BECAUSE I WON’T BELIEVE YOU.
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  • Jessica Cluess
    January 1, 1970
    Imagine the most excellent mash up of Star Wars with the Road to El Dorado. Then imagine this mash up boats some of the most lovable characters you've seen in recent years. There are so many trash princes and good kids in this book. The action is a delight, and the world is expansive and colorful. Get it.
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  • ✨ emma ✨
    January 1, 1970
    why are all the reviews on this about finnpoe afhshdhdjsh whats goin on why are all the reviews on this about finnpoe afhshdhdjsh what’s goin on
  • Delaney 🏳️‍🌈
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Random House Publishing Group - BallantineDel Rey, and Netgalley for the ARC. I have been a fan of Emily Skrutskie ever since I fell head over heels for her The Abyss Surrounds Us duo. When I heard she was writing another LGBTQ+ sci-fi I had to get my hands on it. Bonds of Brass is an heart pounding adventure set in space and focuses on Gal and Ettian. Both boys are cadets at a space base and everything seems normal until there is an attack on Gal's life. Ettian discovers a secret Gal Thank you Random House Publishing Group - BallantineDel Rey, and Netgalley for the ARC. I have been a fan of Emily Skrutskie ever since I fell head over heels for her The Abyss Surrounds Us duo. When I heard she was writing another LGBTQ+ sci-fi I had to get my hands on it. Bonds of Brass is an heart pounding adventure set in space and focuses on Gal and Ettian. Both boys are cadets at a space base and everything seems normal until there is an attack on Gal's life. Ettian discovers a secret Gal has been hiding and now must do everything in his power to protect his best friend even if that means fleeing their base and flying into the unknown. If you feel cheated that Star War's said they would give you LGBTQ+ content, and that content turned out to be a two second kiss then this book will give you what Star Wars/Disney was too cowardly to give you. While this is nothing like Star Wars, it feels validating to have an epic space adventure set around two LGBTQ+ characters, something that is sadly not common in mainstream media. My only complaints are that we didn't have chapters from Wen's point of view or Gal's point of view. I hope we get those chapters in the next book.
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  • keikii Eats Books
    January 1, 1970
    Holy shit. Preorder this. Just do it. I'll write my longer review a bit closer to release, and maybe by then I'll have ratcheted my jaw up from the hole it created in the earth as it fell.ARC received from Del Rey Books on Netgalley. This did not affect my review.To read more of my reviews, check out my blog at keikii Eats Books!
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    What the FUCK was that ENDING....this book isn't even RELEASED YET and I have to WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE
  • Alexis (TheSlothReader)
    January 1, 1970
    I was originally gonna give this a 4.5 because it definitely slowed down a bit in the middle. However this book is everything it promises to be and I would die for the MC.However the ending absolutely ruined me.
  • Rebecca Crunden
    January 1, 1970
    Sees description: two disastrous bisexual boys who might bring the entire galaxy down around them for each other
  • natalia
    January 1, 1970
    emily is the finnpoe warrior our nation needs i'm legit screaming!!!!!!
  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    You can see this and other reviews at superstardrifter.comMan. This book. Get ready for a bit of a squee here, because this book was just phenomenal.This is the story of Ettian and Gal. They are pilots cadets in an Umber Empire academy located in former Archon Empire territory. They are best friends, roommates, and in Ettians mind, perhaps something more than that. Ettian pulled himself out of the ashes of his homeland when the Umber Empire invaded it and took everything from him. Gal, despite You can see this and other reviews at superstardrifter.comMan. This book. Get ready for a bit of a squee here, because this book was just phenomenal.This is the story of Ettian and Gal. They are pilots cadets in an Umber Empire academy located in former Archon Empire territory. They are best friends, roommates, and… in Ettian’s mind, perhaps something more than that. Ettian pulled himself out of the ashes of his homeland when the Umber Empire invaded it and took everything from him. Gal, despite being born and raised in the Umber interior, has always made Ettian feel just like another normal cadet.When a group of students suddenly tries to assassinate Gal out of nowhere, his secret gets out. He’s not Gal Veres. He’s Gal emp-Umber, the heir to the Umber Empire. With Ettian’s help, Gal flees into a neutral territory where they find a base full of Archon rebels who are gearing up to attempt to take back their land. Ettian is shocked to find people still willing to fight for an empire that Umber so thoroughly conquered. He’s rightfully finding it rather hard to reconcile his feelings for Gal as well. So, does he side with Gal and help him get home, or does he side with the rebellion, and help take back his own home?I started this book late one night, which was really my mistake because I didn’t get much sleep that night. It’s really quite riveting right from the start. Ettian is such a well written character, and I found him rather easy to cheer for. He’s got a brutal past that he doesn’t like to go in to (this is told in first person from his POV), but those events still shape him and the decisions he makes. It gives him a huge dose of angst, but not annoyingly so, in my opinion. Gal is another character that it’s hard not to cheer for, since he is so charismatic (when he wants to be). He has depth as well, which you see as events happen throughout the story. Their relationship has many ups and downs, as information comes to light, or events take place, but it’s also thrown a bit with the inclusion of a third character, a street urchin named Wen (who carries a rainbow umbrella as her primary weapon), who Ettian takes under his wing, more or less.The relationship between Ettian and Gal was really well put together (and often adorable). It had a fair deal of the ‘will they or won’t they’ in it, while actually making me both want them to and want them not to (which is super uncommon for me, who typically thinks all characters with even a little bit of chemistry should definitely mush bits of each other together a bunch ^_^). It is one of those romances in which these two really, really don’t communicate as well as they should though. I found this frustrating, but in a… compelling way? It made me want to read more, to see when and how they resolve their problems. I can see this being a sticking point for some people though.The prose was fantastic, and the world that was built was a very realistic-feeling one, with a great attention to little details. The entire book is quite compelling and fast-paced, but man, the last quarter of this book was an actual emotional thrillride. I highlighted so many quotes that I’m a little surprised that there are still un-highlighted bits of this book left. This is definitely a book that I will want to read again. And again…. and again.Thanks to the author, as well as Del Rey via NetGalley for the review copy.
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