I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Gentle Chains on March 2015
Genres: New Adult, Science Fiction
Source: the author
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When slavers steal Juhan and his twin sister Chosi from their home planet of psychics, their only comfort is in the fact that they’re together. When they are separated at auction, Juhan swears to find his sister, no matter the cost.
Juhan is bought by the spoiled daughter of a political scion. Caught in her glittering world of intrigue and politics, Juhan is startled to find Sadi playing a long game to change intergalactic politics and Juhan is merely a pawn in her game. But as his vow and Sadi's lies takes them across galaxies, he begins to wonder if his young owner is more than an arrogant rich girl. And he has to consider the cost of his promise—especially when people they both care for begin to die.
A galaxy away, Chosi is sold into blood sport. With her psychic ability, she earns a precarious position of value within the gladiator school, training the draken—wild creatures of smoke and fire—for the arena. In the midst of that hell, she forges a friendship with the slave Jemes and the draken she cares for. But when her defiance comes with devastating results, Chosi contemplates suicide as an escape from her chains. Yet, she can't forget the brother who promised to find her, and even as she welcomes the risk of death, she clings to that promise.
Spun across space and exotic worlds, Juhan and Chosi try to find each other, and home in a stunning story about the lengths love will take you.
I have been putting off writing this review for as long as possible, but only because I knew there was no chance that I could do it justice! I’ll start off by saying that Gentle Chains is hands down my favorite book by Nazarea so far (though I haven’t read her World Without End series yet). It was everything I needed it to be and more. Action and adventure, names I have no chance of being able to pronounce correctly (so I just make it up as I go along), detailed world building, and as believable as science fiction can be!
I do need to say one thing. A SERIES?! GAH! I was NOT prepared for that. Not even a little. “It’s a good sized book, she can totally get this wrapped up in time.” But this story is MASSIVE and can’t possibly be contained in one book! It actually follows two separate stories, worlds apart. In the beginning, I naturally gravitated towards Chosi’s story, because there is nothing I love more in a book than a kick-ass woman! No matter what trouble she runs into, she doesn’t back down. I’ll admit I wasn’t a huge fan of Juhan at first, because of how weak he appeared. It felt like he had everything so easy, when compared with Chosi, and it didn’t seem the least bit fair. But then, as the story progressed, so did his character, and he began to earn my respect. Where Chosi’s story is more physical, Juhan’s is more political. The two stories juxtapose each other perfectly.
I can’t possibly get my hands on the next book fast enough!
Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog.
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