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The Chasm

(Madion War Trilogy #2)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  40 reviews
They survived The Island, but can they cross The Chasm?

Four months after Prince Galian was discovered alive on a remote island, he's adjusting slowly to life at the hospital under the Kylaen media's glare. His promises to Theo remain unfulfilled as fear of his father keeps him from taking concrete action. And the more he learns about the machinations in Kylae, the less sur
Paperback, 296 pages
Published July 12th 2016 by Sun's Golden Ray Publishing (first published 2016)
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Anna (Enchanted by YA)
***I received the ARC eBook free as a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review***

A stunning sequel filled with forbidden romance, political intrigue, military tactics, heart-pounding action and rigid tension. The Chasm may have had a slow-paced start, but when things kicked off (and boy did they kick off!) I tore through the pages, devouring every word.

Before starting there was a niggling worry in my mind that the book wouldn’t live up to its predecessor, particularly sinc
Melissa (thereaderandthechef)
*This review can also be found on The Reader and the Chef! Huge thanks to the author for the review copy in exchange of my honest opinion.*

OH, THE PAIN, IT'S KILLING ME! Why do we have to wait so long to get the next book? I wish I could have a magic lamp to wish my way into S. Usher Evans head and dig around her files for the third book in this trilogy because my goodness, I need MORE. I loved The Chasm so much, even more than The Island.

So for my review, I'll give you FOUR reasons why I loved
Stephanie (Reading is Better With Cupcakes)
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 1
For those who don't know this about me, I normally do not read books in a series back to back. I like to spread them out, sometimes almost indefinitely, because I don't want the world to end. I like to take my time with the world in question and savor it. That way, when I do return it is more like I am visiting old friends and not like I am rushing through the story.

There are exceptions to this rule of course and I don't make them often, but I did make it for this The Madion War Trilogy. I went
alice (arctic books)
find this and other reviews at arctic books

When I read THE ISLAND a few months ago, I fell in love with the characters and the whole premise of the story. Thus, I was incredibly excited to start this much anticipated sequel. Overall, I was not disappointed in this novel that was filled with political intrigue and rebellious undertones.

The novel starts off from where we left Theo and Galian last, a few months later. In these several months, Theo and Galian are separated (woe me), and they both ha
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
Theo and Galian are back in their own countries, which are still at war.
Both are trying to find ways to end the war.
Like the first book, it's told from alternating point of views, which I really like.
In this book, we see both characters grow, from feeling helpless to do anything to finding there is something they can do.
Of course there is the love!!! Being kept separated so long, 'does he still love me' 'does she still love me' .... then the Prince Galian manages to find a way for them to be
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Oh. My. Gosh. If you are not reading this series then I honestly don't know what you are doing with your life. The continuation of this series was filled with action, intrigue, romance, had it all. Full review to come closer to release. ...more
Heather Moser
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-and-read
4.5 stars
Ooooh I really liked this. The beginning was a bit slow but the rest of the book, oh my lord. So good.
J. Lieutenant of Barad Dur
I don't know... don't like it as much as I liked the first part
3 stars ⭐⭐⭐
Cyra Schaefer
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Four months after being rescued from the Island they were stranded on, Theo and Galian find themselves dealing with the politics of their respective countries. Both of them wanting to do more for each other and for their countries than they think they are able to do.

You get to see a different side to Theo in this book. In The Island, Theo is really hard, kind of angry, and blindly patriotic to Rave. In The Chasm, you get to see a more vulnerable side to her. She's seeing the uglier sides of Rave
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I Loved

This doesn’t happen often, but I think I actually liked this book MORE than the first one! I know, crazy right? I just felt like I could connect with the characters a little bit more and the plot was faster paced for me. I was disappointed that there was less Galian/Theo moments but since they were in different countries it seems fair. I just want them to be happy and live happily ever after! Why is that so hard?!

Can I just say that while I love Galien, I think I might like Rhys more
Sydney (booksofkings)
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it

Actual review (5 hrs after finishing bc work & feelings are not conducive for concise thoughts)

The Chasm is the sequel to The Island and opens up about 4 months after Theo and Gal were rescued and had to forcibly go their seperate ways. Galian has found himself on the nightmare of all nightmares Resident's shifts. Which honestly he shouldve seen coming. Resident at Hospital = worst shifts possible. You aint getting special tre
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
(thank you to the publisher for this e-arc much love!!)
Alice (Alice's Book Vault)
This novel had a great combination of plot with the right amount of action. The love story was there but wasn’t overpowering like they tend to be. I greatly enjoyed this novel and didn’t want to put it down. It only took so long to read as I’ve been so busy. I just purchased the final novel in the series and can’t wait to pick it up after I finish my current read.
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you haven’t read the first book in this series The Island you should read it and read my review here. It’s great.

I love this series. Personally I enjoyed the first book better than Chasm. I got a lot more of our two main characters, Theo and Galian together in the first book. In Chasm it is more Theo and Galian trying to find their way back to each other. Theo is stuck as a face on tv representing the horrors of Mael. Galian is stuck back at his hospital job watched carefully by his father. I
Emily Hughes
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Sun's Golden Ray Publishing and S. Usher Evans for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely loved The Island, so when I got a chance to read an ARC of book 2 I didn’t pass it up. While I did not love The Chasm as much as I loved the first novel, it was still an awesome read.

I loved that the S. Usher Evans was able to continue the development of her characters throughout this second novel. Both Prince Galian and Theo’s characters continue to figh
Taylor Winsor
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Going into this book I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as The Island, mainly because Theo and Galian would be in different countries and there would be a lack of their amusing banter and an abundance of “I miss ______” whining. However, I was completely blown away by The Chasm. It starts off slow, and I had to put the book down several times, but then before you know it, BOOM! You’re just launched into everything!

Even with Theo and Galian separated, the book is amazing. You get to wait pati
Chasia Lloyd
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Solid second installment in the Madion trilogy! Theo is as fiery and devoted as ever, and her personality seems to be rubbing off on Galian.

The opening is slow and a bit on the melodramatic side, but a lot of important things get set up during this time. Once the political intrigue started kicking into full gear, I read the rest of the book in one sitting.

Being off the island, we get introduced to a few new characters. Galian's oldest brother, Rhys, is a huge presence in the novel. And boyyyy do
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's the perfect middle book in a trilogy. Plenty of new developments in the areas of adventure, romance, intrigue, and drama, and it ends with a new cliffhanger that leaves you hoping the third book comes out REALLY SOON. Evans' characters are funny and multi-layered as always. I really enjoyed getting to know more of the minor characters in this book (hardly possible in the first book with the two leads stuck on an island :)), and discovering that the espionage and political machinations in th ...more
Allen Shepherd
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I mentioned before I am usually not one for romance novels but S Usher Evans does it again. She shows us a world so rich and interesting that we do not wish to put the book down. There is a point in this book where she had me almost in tears because of the emotions she made me feel. After every book I am always excited to pick up the next one for she has never disappointed me.
Lou-Lou Belle
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Brilliant follow up installment to The Island. A perfect blend of forbidden romance, conflict and military excitement, I would recommend this series to anyone who loves action or fantasy.
Kelly Sedinger
I'm shelving this under "Fantasy" because its world does not exist. But there's no magic in it, either -- this is a technological world of airplanes and automobiles and, well, normal stuff.

In the first book, THE ISLAND, Theo, a female war pilot from the country of Rave, shoots down a plane from her nation's enemy, Kylae, with whom Rave has been at war for decades. Her quarry crashes on a remote and deserted island, and Theo realizes that her own plane is damaged and she's going to crash too. Her
Steven D'Adamo
The second book of "The Madion War Trilogy" is interesting, and certainly builds on some of the political intrigue promised in the first. However, if it wasn't obvious from its predecessor, "The Chasm" is definitely a romance novel first, and anything else a distant second. The first third of the book is spent flipping between Galian and Theo, our star-crossed lovers, as they each deal with being back to the grind of their previous lives. I empathized with both characters, but I definitely wante ...more
Kristin Wallin
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is far easier to overcome prejudices when you are alone on a desert island, but to try to change the thinking of two countries who have long been at war takes far more effort. Now that Galian and Theo are separated, their personal battles to honor each other and their countries is a challenge that the author handles deftly.

If it were just romance, I would have set this series aside. However, the action, intrigue, and politics as a backdrop for their relationship makes for an exciting read.

Liz Meldon
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, romance, fantasy
A well crafted political thriller with two main characters who are just always one step behind in the great game. If you enjoyed the world-building in the first book in the Madion War trilogy, then you'll absolutely love the continuation of politics, intrigue, and danger in The Chasm. If you were in it for the romance, I'm afraid it takes something of a backseat here, and you'll need to cling to the moments of book #1 to get you through as we all wait for our two babes to find each other again.

Bookish Addict
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great sequel to a thrilling political and romance series. There are many hands at play and neither know who to trust. Both Theo and Galian want the best for their country, to end the war, but to do so peacefully and without retaliation. While they have many chances to just leave it all behind, their love for their country and to end the war is stronger, so they will work together to make that happen. The book shows that there are both good and bad on either side and that there are those who want ...more
Summary: A bit far fetched in places, but engaging enough. The romance side is laid on thick. Not really my cup of tea, not really SF.

Plotline: Very simple but well thought out with suitably naive participants that make it all work

Premise: Again simple but effective corporate greed over humanity type

Writing: Simple, highly readable

Ending: A bit Yukey .. more to come

Pace: Never a dull moment!
Stacy Moll
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review The second book in The Madion War Trilogy, kept me glued to the pages, as with the first, I finished this book in one day. Galvan and Theo go through a lot to help their countries and to be together, but it sounds like their work is only beginning and so much more is being asked of them. Well worth the time, this trilogy should be added to you reading list.
Jan 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Good follow-up to THE ISLAND. There are some slow parts that I slogged through but the exciting sections made up for them.
Apr 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
You can find this review and other reviews at Piplup's Shadow.

Sush kicked off her newest new adult trilogy less than three months ago and I am so glad that I was able to help promote the series every step of the way. After reading the Island, I was blown away with the great characters and premise, but now after reading the Chasm, I am hooked and am craving the Union (which is out next year on Valentine’s Day! The Chasm was an amazing follow-up to the Island with very real characters, and tension
Jordan (The Heart of a Book Blogger)
This review and more can be found at The Heart of a Book Blogger.

Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

The Chasm is the second book in the Madion War trilogy. The review below may contain spoilers for The Island, book one of the Madion War trilogy. A spoiler-free review of book one can be read here.

The Chasm picks up four months after the end of The Island. Prince Galian is back to work at the hospital and avoiding the rest of his family. Meanwhile, Theo is back in Rave and has become the latest media darling
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S. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a "real job" as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for ...more

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