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Soul of Stars

(Heart of Iron #2)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,158 ratings  ·  227 reviews
The highly awaited sequel to Heart of Iron, Soul of Stars is a thrilling sci-fi adventure packed with romance, shocking twists, and witty banter, perfect for fans of Six of Crows and Cinder.

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,
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published July 23rd 2019 by Balzer + Bray
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Ashley Poston
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi! Um, I'm sorry I kind of broke your hearts in Heart of Iron. ...more
Waiting on my preorder reminds me...
Perhaps I should read the first book 🤔🤔🤔
Cait (Caitsbooks)
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Quick Stats:
4.5/5 Stars
Characters: 4/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
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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✨    jay   ✨
Oct 16, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: anticipated-2019
first of all: that cover is STUNNING

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
Amber J
I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler free way. If you feel anything in my review is a spoiler and is not already hidden in spoiler brackets please let me know. Thank you.

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
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Vid review available 13, May, 2020 here ...more
Mar 05, 2019 marked it as to-read
This cover.

I didn't love book one, but I can't even deny that I kinda want this book, and I kinda want it now.
Jodi Meadows
This was such a fun duology. Adventure, spaceships, and romance -- just my kind of thing.
Mediocre plot but likable characters.

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
I somehow disliked this even more than the last one? I'm still glad I read it though, even if just to know how [Spoiler's] story ended. 🤷‍♀️ ...more
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-ebook, own, 2019-read
What a wild ride this duology has been.

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
Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I'm not sure how I feel about the ending. Something's missing, especially in the way things wrapped up between Di and Ana. A little rushed and vague perhaps? ...more
Sara Saif
Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it

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
♠ Tabi⁷ ♠
hi I will gladly sell my heart and soul for a chance to get my hands on this book A S A P like I don't even have to read it, I just wanna touch that absolutely BEAUTIFUL cover okay ...more
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*Spoiler free, but spoilers for Heart Of Iron*

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
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, in-english

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 would.
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
Jul 31, 2019 rated it liked it
I was unfortunately quite disappointed by this sequel to a lighthearted and enjoyable Heart of Iron. I think the beginning was pretty strong but then it just went downhill and I lost any interest in the plot or the characters. Also, the romantic relationships were kind of cure but pulled too much attention towards them and it messed up the pacing.
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
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.
Joanna Goodrich
Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it
This retelling of Anastasia was a fun story and that's what really kept me going. The writing isn't amazing and Poston gives way too much away too early. She doesn't leave room for speculation or shock, the hints she gives are so specific (and she repeats things you should remember for the future) that any chance of a plot twist is lost.

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
Oct 19, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2019-releases
Covers like this remind me of what a sci fi fangirl I can be. Umm...Hello, gorgeous! You’ll be coming home to me. ❤️
I liked it. I did not love it.

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
Ashley Rose
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

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,
I'm rating this with a heavy heart, because the first book HEART OF IRON was one of my fave sci-fi reads of that year, and I was utterly excited for this sequel, which promised victory for the beloved characters.

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
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
I found that this novel was a good end to the story of Ana and Di. Overall, I wasn’t exactly super compelled to read it and found myself prioritizing other activities over reading. That isn’t to say that the book or the plot was bad, it simply wasn’t quite as much of a page turner as the first book. I still enjoyed the stories and the characters, though there was significantly less character development than in the first novel and it was much more predictable. There were not that many twists tha ...more
Alexandra ✨Reading By Starlight✨
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

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.
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-love
Murder, betrayal, secrets, love - this has it all.

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.
This was a fun book to read but it dragged a little in the middle but picked up near the end but i can't really say any because it's the second book and spoilers but it's worth it in the end ...more
Cait S
I'm just a different reader now than I was when I read book #1. I stand by how much I love and adored that book, I have just PERSONALLY grown out of finding enjoyment in a YA fantasy/sci fi. Really recommend trying the series if that IS your speed though, I bet you'll love it. ...more
Teresa Mary Rose
This was a good conclusion and I really do love this cast of characters. They all get put through the wringer in this one and nothing ever comes easy. Jax is definitely my favorite of them all. That snark of his just won me over. But I also had a real soft spot for Robb in this one as well. All in all, this was a good one and it’s fun for sci fi fans.
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Overall disappointed with this. I did not care about any of the characters (old or new), some of the biggest moments of the book were anticlimactic and I was left confused for a good part of this. The worldbuilding was one of the positive points of this, but even then I would have liked certain things (aka the big bad) to be better explained.
Oh well. Will still read Poston’s books.
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