This is the best Boulter book I've read. It's set in the distant future of the story Courtesan, involving the Yrden family again, though the lead character is a resident of the planet New Britain. The politics of peace at any cost sets the tone for this story, I can't recommend it highly enough.
Same choppy narrative as the first book, this book felt like more of a transition book introducing more characters and situations which tended to confuse the story for me. I'm saddened that some interesting characters from book one did not make an appearance. It's still an entertaining read despite what I considered shortfalls in credibility/reality, I am looking forward to book three and hopefully finding the author's vision much clearer. This book slips to three stars from the four stars I gave book one due to the way it left so many loose ends for me. If you enjoyed book one you will still find this worth reading.
I suspect the author is a "Browncoat," which should recommend her novel to some adventurous readers.
I enjoy reading and do a lot of it, which can sometimes be a burden reading new books and authors for experience allows one to predict elements of a story. Jasmine Giacomo was able to surprise me with some story twists, for that alone I would recommend this book and it's sequel 'Oathen.' She developed interesting and sympathetic characters in a fun good versus evil plot. I recommend 'The Wicked Heroine' and 'Oathen' to anyone who enjoys Science Fantasy.
Shiny indeed Jasmine Giacomo!
Wow! I now see why part 6 required some extra time and editing (though I'm disappointed my dark fantasies failed to match-up with Suzie's misdeeds). Shaina, you continue to keep it addicting, not to mention the occasional curve ball with the supporting characters! Well done.
A strong follow up to book one, the characters continue to demand my attention, the tragedies inspire by being life affirming, the plot twists not that predictable. Yes, the interaction of various alien cultures gets confusing, but having traveled a bit I find this realistic, enhancing the reading experience. Of course the highest praise is putting book three in my shopping cart and heading to the checkout at quarter to five in the morning after an all nighter reading this book.
I'm happy to say Kelton has left it open for the series to continue, and I'm hopeful a fourth book will be forthcoming soon. Soul Ties is as action packed as the first two books of the series, though it appeared it was rushed into publication without a thorough editing review; a few spelling errors, incorrect word choices (e.g. thought instead though), and dead words left from sentence rewrites. Unless you are obsessive about such errors they are only a minor distraction from the story, which once again captivated me. Thank you!
I second Cheytown's review. I've said it in previous reviews, but "addictive" bears repeating. I love and hate the emotional intensity that grips me as I'm placed inside the angst, the joy, and the craving of the central characters in this story. Part 8 can't arrive soon enough with this cliffhanger ending.