Soul of Stars
Once, Ana was an orphaned space outlaw. Then she was the Empress of the Iron Kingdom. Now, thought dead by most of the galaxy after she escaped from the dark AI program called the HIVE, ...more
Overall: 4.5/5 Stars
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4.5/5
Review in a Nutshell: Soul of Stars is an out-of-this-world sequel. And I’m not sorry for that pun.
“Love was stubborn, and love was impatient, and thoughtless and self-centered and vainglorius. It hid in the crevices of your soul when you thought it had run away, and it never left-- like a scar: deep and ugly and enduring.”
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second of all: book one had some great characters who I love and miss, I'm excited to see them again. Heart of Iron was one of those books I just saw SO MUCH series potential in, I really hope that Soul of Stars comes through for me
also .... give me more of that good gay shit or give me death Ms Poston ...more
This is the second book of a duology. I fell in love with the first book after the first three chapters and I am so glad I decided to read it. This book leaves off after the first book ended on a cliffhanger.
There are so many characters in this book, each with there own wonderful personalities. The book has ...more
Here are some of my thoughts (on both the 1st and 2nd books):
• I love Di since his first chapter. I like his character especially in Book 1 – he is logical but also adorably sassy and surprisingly caring for a “robot.” His character is easy to like, especially when you can tell how much he cares for Ana and the rest of the crew. His story definitely becomes more angsty than I would have expected and preferred. In Book 2, I find his Emperor chapters blah. It i ...more
I love the world of Heart of Iron. The galaxy, world building and mythology of the world is phenomenal. I love the characters and how much they've changed since the beginning of this tale. Ana really grew in this book too. And her relationship with Captain Siege is my everything.
I loved the twists and revelations about Ana, The Great Dark and Di that happened. There were a couple loose ends that didn't feel completely wrapped up, but I really loved this co ...more
Heart of Iron, when I read it more than a year ago, vowed me so much I lamented that I couldn't read the sequel sooner. And by lamented I mean I felt actual PANGS. Those are super rare. Which is why it saddens me to no end that the sequel did not have that magic the first book did.
I kept trying to feel that same feeling of enchantment, it did not come.
That was the biggest letdown about this book, one that is completely personal. The second thing is, it was predictable and underwhelming because o ...more
I can't believe I got to read this book. Heart Of Iron became one of my favorite books when I read it. It's a Anastasia retelling in space with robots and queer characters and such fantastic writing. My heart is basically bursting with love for this duology.
I didn't quite know what to expect with this book. The first book was so good, and I knew the basic plotlines that would carry over. But I wasn't sure how everything would play out or what route P ...more
If Ana saw Redveard again after all this was over, she wanted to tell him that he had been right-- Metals could not be saved with loveand sarcastic quips. Ana wasn't even sure they could be saved at all, although she held on to that hope like a ship clinging to its mooring.
She would get the heart. She would defeat the Great Dark.
And she would bring back Di.
She had to.
Heart of Iron was one of the best books I had read last year, and the wait until Soul of Stars was gruesom ...more
So honestly still not even sure what the great dark is, but whatever I still really enjoyed this. I just really love the characters and the found family. Also the representation in this we have a POC main character(who I love even if she’s dumb sometimes) then we have a gay couple, two lesbians couples, two non-binary characters and a character with a hearing aid. I don’t know if I enjoyed this as much as the first one, but I did tear up at one point.
Also- everything was just too easy. There was no struggle, and if a character did get into trouble, it was solved quickly and easily. Fear and hatred of someone ...more
For some reason I've just struggled a lot to connect to characters in this duology. Possibly it's because there are a lot of them, and a lot of plot events happening, so it can be hard to keep track of anything; possibly I'm bouncing off of something in the prose, which does throw me out of the story from time to time. It's a creative story and clearly told with a lot of love, but I always felt sort of detached.
Favorite bit: a line that was clearly a reference to th ...more
He pushed a lock of his silver hair out of his face and kissed the tears off his cheeks. "A've nan amar, ma'alor."
WOW I loved this books so, so much.
This was just a really good romance/sci-fi duology, it had a few tropes, and felt iffy at times, but I really enjoyed Ashley Poston's writing and can see her getting really far in her future books.
There were some scenes in this book that just made me reread in awe. Some of the lines are just so beautiful, the emotions were expressed so well, ...more
I think I read this last year, but the feeling remains unchanged that I was not impressed by the climax of the book and Ana's character. Reading through it was a trudge, and I only stayed for the romance and character development between Jax and Robb. I really had HUGE expectations for ...more
So I have some rather mixed feelings about this duology - I enjoyed it but I was never really blown away. It's a little Juvenile and the pacing could have used a little more work but the characters had a great dynamic and the last hundred pages were amazing. While I'll be rating this one a 3.5 it's a solid 3.5. I'd recommend Heart of Iron and Soul of Stars to anyone who wants their space opera on the lighter side. ...more
A fantastic sequel to Heart of Iron, I really wish that this had been a trilogy rather than a duology. I adored the characters and their journey but the ending was very swift, almost anti-climactic, as to why I feel it could have been made into three books. But I adored this world and it's characters so very much, certainly one of my favourite re-tellings to date. ...more
Oh well. Will still read Poston’s books.
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