My Rating: 1 of 5 Stars
Prince Galian is third in line to the throne, but prefers his place as a resident at the Royal Kylaen Hospital. When his father urges him to join the military to help reclaim their colony, Galian is forced to put aside his oath to Do No Harm and fight a war he does not believe in.
Across the great Madion Sea, Captain Theo Kallistrate dreams of a day when she is no longer bound by conscription to fight for her country’s independence. But when the Kylaens threaten, honor and duty call her to the front lines to fight off the oppressors. When an air skirmish goes wrong, both Theo and Galian crash on a remote island hundreds of miles from either nation. Grievously injured, Theo must rely on Galian’s medical expertise, and Galian must rely on Theo’s survival skills, to live another day in a harsh and unforgiving terrain.
Can they put aside their differences long enough to survive? Or will the war that brought them to the island tear them apart?
Beware spoilers ahead!
I received this E-ARC via Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I’d heard about this book back in January. Everyone on Twitter was raving about this book. Based on the synopsis I couldn’t see the appeal. The author announced on her twitter page that this book was available on Netgalley. Naturally I was requested it to see what the hype was about. Unfortunately this was a case of ‘It’s not you but me’.
The book is narrated in first person and switches through Theo and Galian’s point of view. There’s also a map right at the start of the book. There has been a war between Theo and Galians people that has been going on for the past 50 years. Galians father (the king) wants to control Theo’s people, and Theo’s people wants independence.
The book begins in Theo’s point of view getting called out for being better than one of her tropes. She explains to said trope that she was not bragging about her victory merely reporting as that is her job as a captain. She leaves after dealing with the trope.
Theo is just about to go to bed when she hears a group of girls crying. She realizes those poor girls must have known the pilot that died in battle. She goes to comfort them. Hating the fact that she can never protect all of them from death.
We are then taken to Galian’s point of view. He should be paying attention to the meeting but he’s not. Galian would much rather do anything else than sit at the meeting. Today will be his first mission. The first day he’ll have to kill someone. He doesn’t like it. Galian’s brother died in battle and he was called from the hospital to replace him. He cannot bring himself to imagine taking someone’s like rather saving someone. But his father’s made it pretty clear that he has no choice.
I actually enjoyed the beginning of the book. You are shown that the world they live is brutal and hard. The author did a really good job showing this to you. I was also able to connect to both Theo and Galian.
Things started to head south when both our characters meet each other. It was odd how Galian tried to joke to Theo. And there were times when Theo was being ridiculous about her hatred for Galian. I think I was expecting to be eased into their interactions. I didn’t think it would happen that fast. This book is just not for me.
Overall this book is not for me. But I still recommend it. If you enjoy well done politics, survival book, and forbidden romance this series is for you.