Break the Chains
Pretty much all the main characters from the first book make a re-appearance, and we find ourselves dropped right into the middle of an audacious plot.
The charming rogue and reluctant heir to Honding, Detan, has decided that the only way to s ...more
Steal the Sky was one of my favorite books last year, a steampunk mash-up of lovable rogues and magic with a Firefly-like vibe. Therefore, I was really excited to get to read the sequel early. It lived up to my expectations. One caveat: do read Steal the Sky first! O'Keefe has created an incredibly complex world, and she jumps straight into the action in Break the Chains.
Detan and his posse dive into dang ...more
I wasn't overly in love with the first book for a few reasons, and this book unfortunately suffered from similar problems. One such problem, is the fact that I don't really like any of the characters. It really isn't that hard to make characters with different personalities, but these books tend to have several people I can ...more
The protagonists have clear goals, whic ...more
Publisher: Angry Robot
Publishing Date: October 2016
Publishers Description: As the city that produces the most selium – that precious gas that elevates airships and powers strange magic – Hond Steading is a jewel worth stealing. To shore up the city’s defenses, Detan promises his aunt that he’ll recover Nouli, the infamous engineer who built the century gates that protect the imperial capital of Valathea. But No ...more
Detan is back and just as cocky as ever but we get to go deeper into each of the character ...more
I really enjoyed the revealing and deepening of all the characters. I felt like I knew Detan, Tibs, and Ripka pretty well by the end of the first book, but the situations they get themselves into in book 2 reveal more of who they are and the things they've been through in the pas ...more
I wasn't a big fan of the first book in this series, but I already had/have books two and three in my ARC queue and have decided to try to give the series a chance - particularly in light of all the great reviews it is getting, and because I generally really like this publisher.
'Selium' is a gas with some unusual properties that makes airships float and gives some people magical powers. Some people are 'sel-sensitive'. Of ...more
Break the Chains is a fantastic follow up to Steal the Sky. This is what anticipating a new fantasy series should feel like! I really enjoyed the first book in this series Steal the Sky last year and so I was delighted to be invited to review the second book, and I'm definitely looking forward to the third!
I love the characters in this series, and what I love about Detan, Tibs, Ripka and the rest this time is tha ...more
Oh wow this was good! I am currently kicking myself for not having the 3rd book on hand!
This book cuts between Detan and Ripka's POVs equally, although I would still say Detan is probably still the main character (maybe?). The world continues to expand well and focuses on a coastal part of the Scorched.
I really felt for Detan (most of the time) in this book which is quite something seeing as I couldn't stand him at the beginning of the first book. Tibs gets a lot more development than he got in...more
Anyway. Moving on.
My favorite because it is the most surprising of the three. It's a lot like being in an old, abandoned building. Little weird things happen and it's nerve wracking wondering what's around the next corner but you can't not look and what you expect to see isn't what is there and is often even more surprising than what you'd imagined. So the heart gets a cardio workout and the brain gets an e ...more
I liked the first book quite a bit and I enjoy O'Keefe as an author but I thought I had accidentally started reading book 3 here at first. I feel like there was a lot that happened off screen between books and I definitely felt a little fomo. Hoping for a little smoother transition in book 3. ...more
Unfortunately not much happens besides the plot moving along - it's still interesting, I'll probably read on, but it had the potential to be so much more than this. ...more
Break the Chains is the second in Megan O’Keefe’s “The Scorched Continent” series. I took a look at the first one a little while ago, and felt that it had a lot of potential . The sequel bears that out, bringing some damaged and delightfully convincing characters into a vividly realised world.
We’ve seen parts of the Scorched Continent before, but this instalment focuses on new environs – in particular, on a maximum security prison. The facility isn’ ...more
Would have given this book 4 stars but when I began reading it I was in a distracted state of mind (also very very tired) so I had problems getting in to it.... took half the book until my brain decided to finally wake up and get into the story, and I'm really happy it did because I really enjoy this series! ...more
If you read my review over the first book in The Scorched Continent (which, can we just say how fantastic of a series name that is?), Steal the Sky, it comes to no surprise that I was really, really excited to read the next installment. Unfortunately, I’m in a financial situation where buying books isn’t a luxury I get to partake in. Thankfully, I have within my grasp the glorious power of a library card. As soon as I realized that Break the Chain ...more
As issue I had with the first book was that the worldbuilding, while pretty good, could have used a little more fleshing out in terms of both the geopolitical landscape and the ...more
Megan lives in the Bay Area of California. She's won the Gemmell Morningstar Award for ...more