Shattered Honor Blog Tour!

I discovered Anne Wheeler’s books through a speculative fiction writer’s group that I’m part of, and I’m so excited that I get to be part of the blog tour for the release of her third book, Shattered Honor!

Anne was kind enough to offer a little sneak peek at an excerpt for my readers:

It was strange how many people thought the desert was always hot. Windhaven, closer to the Haederan equator than even his thin blood would prefer, was cold in the winter, especially at night. Especially after . . . Well, wasn’t that why he was home? To forget what had happened? Forgetting apparently wasn’t as easy as it used to be, since he’d been watching the sun rise above the faraway mountains for more than an hour now, unable to sleep. The only thing he’d forgotten over the past years was who he really was.

If the glass running from the floor all the way to the flat roof had been thinner, he might have heard the goldcrests perched in the cacti on the other side. Four more alighted on the arm of one giant cactus to peck at it as he leaned his forehead against the window to watch. They would kill the plant sooner or later, but they meant no harm. They just didn’t know any better. How could they? Maybe if he reached a hand out, he could touch their feathers through the glass . . . take some of their innocence for himself.

“Hello there,” he said to the fat one sitting closest to him. The gold-feathered wren chirped silently, accusingly, then flew off in its never-ending search for water. Like it knew what kind of man was speaking to it. Like it saw all the things he’d done. Things he couldn’t think about now. His misplaced loyalties. The blood on his hands. He couldn’t blame the bird for staying away, just like he couldn’t blame the Holy One for deserting him.

Shattered Honor

Space opera will always be my first love when it comes to science fiction, and Anne has done a wonderful job with this series. I was interested as soon as I found out there was a princess who is also a pilot in the books. Asrian Skies did not disappoint, and neither did the sequel, Unbroken Fire. I can’t wait to dive into Shattered Honor, and I’ve already pre-ordered it so I can start reading on release day, which is June 18th. This is the book I’m reading for the “newly released” prompt in the Teish Knits Summer Reading Challenge, and I actually included that prompt with Shattered Honor in mind!

Do you know what’s even better than a summer book release from one of your favorite authors? A giveaway!

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Thanks Anne for sharing an excerpt and the giveaway with the Teish Knits readers! Anyone that hasn’t read the first two books yet still has time to binge read them this weekend so you can dive right into Shattered Honor with me on June 18th!

Book Review: The Hive

Cyborgs, hackers, and priests… Oh my!

I read John Otte’s book, Numb, when it first came out. I found myself completely intrigued by the politics between the Ministrix and Praesidium. Not to mention the stories of the people whose lives became entangled in the political game being played! So when it was announced that another book was releasing in the series, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of The Hive!

The HiveZain is a young cyborg who suddenly becomes detached from the Hive and everything that she’s ever known. She’s alone, unsure of how the world works, and pregnant to boot. (The Hive sometimes uses members as surrogate mothers for outsiders who desire to “purchase” a child.) Her search for a way back to the Hive leads her to a hacker known as Scorn. Both of them are caught in the middle of a conflict between some of the biggest forces in the galaxy, and each of them wants Zain’s child.

The Hive may be the second book in the Ministrix series, but it’s not necessary to have read Numb in order to enjoy reading it. Though fans who have read the first book will look forward to revisiting a familiar universe! I was a bit concerned about the two main characters being teenagers, and whether it would make the story less interesting to a reader in her mid-thirties. That turned out not to be the case, and I did thoroughly enjoy reading through The Hive! My favorite part of the book was how Zain’s longing for the sense of “belonging” that she had while she was part of the Hive ended up being the beginning of her spiritual search for a better “collective”. There are very strong Christian themes throughout the book, but they fit in well with the overall story and don’t seem forced.

The one thing that disappointed me a little bit about The Hive was that while it took place in the same galaxy as Numb, there didn’t seem to be much else linking the two books together. That being said, The Hive certainly ended with the possibility of more of the story being told in another book. If there are additional books in the series, perhaps they will tie some of the threads from each book together.

I definitely had fun reading The Hive and hope that there are more books coming in this series. Fans of both science fiction, and political intrigue books will enjoy this latest book in the Ministrix series by John Otte. While this is a clean read, I’d still recommend it for older teens and adults simply because some of the themes touched upon are more than younger readers are perhaps ready for.

Stay tuned for my author interview with John Otte coming on October 15th!

Note: I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are completely my own.