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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. Tor We have the LGBT sci fi market cornered, bitches Del Rey WE RE CHANGING OUR NAME TO DEL GAY emily skrutskie said if i can t have canon finnpoe i ll just do it myself and i respect that 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 delight than it has brought me. 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 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 waybut 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 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 than just Star Wars with serial numbers filed off I look forward to seeing 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 angst More reviews on my blog, To Other Worlds. I received an ARC of this novel from a Goodreads Giveaway hosted by Random House Book Club.Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie was 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 any 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. this is so totally a finnpoe book isnt itill have 10 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 willing to claim what he wants and hopefully he wants than just Gal Ettian has some growing up of his own to do. this book said finnpoe rights and i am FOR IT ^FREE BOOK ↙ Bonds of Brass ✙ 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 EmpireEttian 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 HomeBut 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