JUST READ IT! That’s what I want to shout after reading Honor Bound by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre. Review of a sequel.

Synopsis

Zara Cole was a thief back on Earth, but she’s been recently upgraded to intergalactic fugitive. On the run after a bloody battle in a covert war that she never expected to be fighting, Zara, her co-pilot Beatriz, and their Leviathan ship Nadim barely escaped the carnage with their lives. Now Zara and her crew of Honors need a safe haven, far from the creatures who want to annihilate them. But with two wounded Leviathan to treat, plus human and non-human refugees to help, they’ll have to settle for the nearest outpost, called the Sliver: a wild, dangerous warren of alien criminals. Zara’s skills from the Zone may be invaluable. However, Zara discovers that the secrets of the Sliver may have the power to turn the tide of the war they left behind—but in the wrong direction. Soon Zara will have to make a choice: stand against the ultimate evil or run from it. But she’s never walked away from a fight.Honor Bound is the second installment in Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre’s thrilling and fresh space saga.

 

Review

5 “favorite series” stars!

 

They did it again! Won my heart and made me swoon and fear and cheer and ….

 

This book was one of my most awaited for 2019. I read Honor Among Thieves after having read fantastic reviews by Shanah, Raven and Dani.

I didn’t know what to expect as I am (or rather was) not a scifi or space adventure fan.

I ended being swept off my feet by that book. It was totally unique, unexpected, emotional, right …well you get it I just loved it.

 

Honor Bound landed in my mailbox on Friday. I began reading on Friday night and ended on Saturday afternoon! If I did not have to sleep and do several chores I would have read all night long!

That’s how gripping it was!

I was also enormously relieved because I had such high expectation that I really feared being disappointed. But no I am still enamored with this series and I can’t wait for the third book!

 

Now let’s get to what makes this book so dear to my heart:

 

First you have “Zadim”. Nadim and Zara are just fantastic together! And even if a leviathan is a huge living spaceship and of course you can’t have a traditional “relationship” with it (because size and …just well hell no!) their bond is still the most beautiful kind of love that I’ve read about.

I was deeply touched by this bonding aspect in the first book and also totally caught off guard. I did not expect it!

Now the element of surprise is of course absent but they are maturing and adjusting in their bond. This is really how honors and leviathan should be as it made Nadim incredibly stronger. He was at his best when they bonded.

“Yet I have done what no leviathan has before me, chosen my own partners for the journey. It feels like freedom all others ought to be afforded. How can any Elder know my private heart or understand what I need?”

 

And this is kind of a totally unexpected metaphor about “love makes us better, stronger”.

“It came to me with clarity right then that I loved Nadim. Alien ship that he was in the flesh, I loved the bright, perfect core of him. Mind loving Mind.”

 

Second you have Zara Cole. She has matured and came a long way from the time she had to survive in the Zone! Now she is a very capable honor. She is still badass and will kick some butts in this book! With Chao Xing (C-X) they will have to win fights if they want to bargain some advanced repairs for Typhon and Nadim. I so loved the fighting scenes!!!!

Many of you are science fiction fans and it won’t probably be new to you but the “gladiator” thing in a space context with “no rules” in the arena was just an adrenaline shot! I cheered each time Zara won!

Zara is the epitome of a survivor. Not only does she have a gift to adapt fast to new environment and new circumstances she can also always pinpoint her opponent’s weakness. Handy in a fight!

She has sass and is not frightened easily even by alien mobster boss!

 

Third you have the Adventure and the Action with a big “A”.

So many things are happening that you’ll never have a dull moment. Honestly these two authors work wonderfully together to make the plot run smoothly, efficiently and quickly! There is a saying in French that you have more ideas in two (several) brains than in one and that’s so true!

You will have desperate actions in dire situation. You will have unexpected moves pulled at the last second and all along these intense passages you will forget to breathe!

 

Fourth all characters have a purpose and really add to the story!

We got some new characters by the end of the last book: Yusuf and  Starcurrent  will complete the crews and come handy in many circumstances. This all feel like a small honor army ready to face a huge threat to the world! They may be sometimes vastly different but some recurring themes like slavery are not exclusive to one race. There is so much diversity in the book but really what the authors show us is that diversity is only superficial. At the end of the day we all dream, hope, despair, suffer and love the same, human or aliens alike. I think this is a lesson to be learned here.

 

Fifth the world building is flawless! You have all kind of alien creatures: phages, …. You have ancient civilizations long gone but still posing a threat. Intergalactic “outlaw cities” kind of like a Las Vegas stranded in space where everything is allowed. You have mortal and unexpected enemies. You have songs as currency, you have ….

 

Sixth you have heroes and sacrifices.

All honors were ready to sacrifice themselves to save the leviathan race. They were collateral damage in the grand scheme of things and were ready to die for their ship and for the universe.

 

By now I hope you are convinced that this series is just the next best thing!!

 

There is only a slight problem: I thought we had two books but there is more to come! It’s a good thing as I’ll have more of Zadim but it’s a bad thing as this ends on a double cliffy and I doubt I’ll be lucky to get an ARC. Long wait ahead!!!

 

Have you read this series? What do you think of it? Are you ready to try now?

Thanks for reading

Sophie

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23 Replies to “JUST READ IT! That’s what I want to shout after reading Honor Bound by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre. Review of a sequel.”

  1. I totally want to read this. I have the first one so you know it will happen. I love your review another one I have to read.

    Mary

  2. Fantastic review Sophie! I haven’t read this series and don’t normally read sci-fi, but this does sound like a good one- glad you enjoyed it!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Daisy!!

  3. Fantastic review, Sophie! I’m planning to pick it up this month and I’m so excited. I’m so glad you loved it! It sounds like an amazing sequel! Can’t wait to read it! 😉

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I really really hope you’ll love it as much as I did Raven!

  4. Brilliant review, Sophie! I’m not much of a scifi reader but what I have read, I’ve enjoyed so I don’t know why I don’t read more. BUT Caine and Aguirre together *must* equal brilliance and from the sound of your review, I think that’s true. I love that the world building and character development, both main and secondary, seem to be so well done. And the story sounds emotional and exciting! I’ll have to add this series to my tbr. Thanks for putting it on my radar. 🙂

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      You are so welcome Brandee! This is a series that I want to push on everyone as I loved it so much!

  5. Glad to hear you’re enjoying the series so much. Bummer about the double cliffy, so I hope you get your hands on the next one soon! 🙂

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Hahaha me too Rachel but aside having a miracle delivering an ARC to my doorstep I think i’ll just have to wait! 😉

  6. Glad you enjoyed it so much Sophie, love your review!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Trisy!!!

  7. You have me all excited to rush right out and grab the books in this series, Sophie. Has all the makings of a great movie too.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Oh yes the movie would just be perfect Laura!

  8. Ahhhh, I want to read this so bad! And your review has made me even more excited! 😀

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I hope you’ll love it Mogsy!!!

  9. I love it when a book takes you by surprise like that! I really need to start reading this series soon. You have me excited to give it a try! 🙂

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Then I am happy!!!!

  10. I think you may have me talked me into these! I love everything you mentioned, and ancient civilizations in space always get me haha. Glad this was awesome!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Then my job is done Greg! 😉

  11. It’s such a delight to read your enthusiasm over this novel, and the series as a whole, Sophie. See, SF ain’t so bad after all. And just so you know, I do have this one on my wish list! 😀

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Yes Alexandra between you and Shanah you convinced me to give scifi a try! I can’t wait to read your review the day you’ll get to read it!

  12. Woohooo Sophie! That sounds like a really great series. I’m not starting it anytime soon tho. I’m hanging on too many cliff hangers to attach myself to yet another series lol. But great review yea❤️

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Hahaha then just wait till the series is complete Ari!

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