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Bonds of Brass

(The Bloodright Trilogy #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  2,631 ratings  ·  853 reviews
A young pilot risks everything to save his best friend--the man he trusts most and might even love--only to learn that he's secretly the heir to a brutal galactic empire.

Ettian Nassun's life was shattered when the merciless Umber Empire invaded. He's spent seven years putting himself back together under its rule, joining an Umber military academy and becoming the best
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 7th 2020 by Del Rey Books
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torin_kylara Don't listen to Elias. Every Latinx I know uses the term, because it's easier when talking about groups of people or unknown genders. (And also less s…moreDon't listen to Elias. Every Latinx I know uses the term, because it's easier when talking about groups of people or unknown genders. (And also less sexist, yes, because if the default when talking about a group of men and women is male, then yes, you are being sexist by ignoring the women in the group. But don't get me started on that.)

As for your question, I don't think so. I haven't heard anything about it in the recent press about the book.(less)

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chai ♡
*slowly removes my heart-shaped sunglasses* so did you hear that this is gay sci-fi with a bffs-to-lovers romance between a pilot and his best friend who is the (secret) heir of a galactic empire? has pretty much every trope that sings to my heart, including but not limited to: forbidden romance, “and there was only one bed”, fake dating, and ANGST with a side of pining?

I really enjoyed this book. Skrutskie deftly handles character definition, the well-constructed pacing, and lean action, and au
amy ☂︎
Jan 09, 2020 marked it as to-read
emily skrutskie said if i can't have canon finnpoe i'll just do it myself and i respect that ...more
Jul 12, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: i-did-this
BONDS OF BRASS is my big little troublemaker. It was the book I wrote in the spring of 2016—remember those days?—and it'd been the joyful light that's carried me through the time since then. It's made of secrets and lies and the ultimate question of how far you can trust someone who's been lying to you the entire time. It's got a half-burnt girl with a rainbow umbrella whom I love with my entire heart, and two disastrous bisexual boys who might bring the entire galaxy down around them for each o ...more
Nenia Campbell
Jan 08, 2020 marked it as wishlist
Tor: We have the LGBT+ sci-fi market cornered, bitches 😎



I keep begging for ARCs of this. This is my third Goodreads giveaway application. I have no shame bc I WANT DIS
Jan 09, 2020 marked it as to-read
this is so totally a finnpoe book isnt it

ill have 10
Apr 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Some vague-ish spoilers ahead.

Bonds of Brass: Here is an evil conquering empire.
Bonds of Brass: The empress murdered her own sister.
Bonds of Brass: Much evil. So bad.

Bonds of Brass: Here is a poor, conquered world.
Bonds of Brass: They fought so bravely.
Bonds of Brass: Look at these wicked cool flying knights they had!

Bonds of Brass: Look at all these bad-ass rebels, fighting to destroy the evil empire! They're so likable and cool. These one has a metal arm and used to be a pirate! Aren't they gr
Lauren Lanz
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A simple truth: Sci-fi is my weakness.
Hearing that Bonds of Brass was a galactic warfare/space opera with the addition of best friends to lovers romance, I was sold.

“On my left, power without fathom in the fragile body of a boy. On my right, a nightmare of a girl who should be ruling these streets. And in the middle, there’s me.”

Bonds of Brass follows Ettian, a young pilot in training. Seven years ago, his life was destroyed by the Umber Empire's invasion of his homeworld. Ettian’s m
Rylee Richard
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Ultimately a gripping science-fiction that features a him-and-him star-crossed romance within a political landscape on the cusp of a revolution. One side came to power in blood while the other side seeks justice, and Ettian must decide where his loyalties lie.

Ettian, our protagonist, is in love with a boy that tests his loyalty to his origins. His family died during the revolution when he was a kid, and he's lost so much that he's content to simply be alive and fed. His priority now is protecti
Para (wanderer)
Sometimes, you just have a powerful feeling that you're going to love a book and in my experience, that instinct is never to be ignored. Bonds of Brass first came to my attention randomly, on twitter. Still in the depths of my Star Wars obsession and salty over Rise of Skywalker (oh so salty), I had to request it. It seemed tailor-made for what I wanted and needed.

And it was fantastic. What it promised, it delivered in spades. Fast-paced, yup. Heavily Star Wars inspired, yup. Fun, fanfic-style r
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
“My only allegiance is to an empire that doesn’t exist yet, to the possibility of Gal’s future rule. Maybe that makes me a traitor. Maybe it forfeits my soul. But for him—for this disastrous boy sleeping next to me—I would, I will.”


Bonds of Brass isn't just a fun, action-packed space opera, despite its genre trappings. This first book in the Bloodright Trilogy is a story brimming with complex characters, twisty motivations, and the horrifying affects of war. I was utterly compelled from begin
Mar 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
I really liked the first 40-50% of this book but after that point I got kind of bored and confused with the story. I didn't like the pacing. There was too much action and not enough character interactions. And I don't think it had enough of Ettian's thoughts and feelings to really understand his motivations.(though I do think that that was intentional)

The relationship between Ettian and Gal seemed a little too rushed and I didn't understand why they wanted to be together. There wasn't enough of
Shan( Shans_Shelves) 💜
Bonds of Brass is the first book in the Bloodright trilogy. It features- one tired pilot, a hidden prince, lots of mutual pinning, and a girl whose biggest weapon is her lethal Rainbow... umbrella.

In other words this book should have been everything to me. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case.

Like I do with all of my three star reviews, let’s start with the positives: First and foremost- WEN FREAKING IFFAN!

Wen Iffan was the HIGHLIGHT of the whole novel. The story isn’t even about her but from th
May 14, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Emily Duncan
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Star Rating —> 4.5 Stars


THIS WAS JUST... !!!!!!!!!


I haven’t enjoyed an adventure in space this much since well, most recently, Gideon the Ninth, but also either of the Kaufman/Kristoff collabs (Aurora Rising, Illuminae)! I am so grateful I found another author who can KILLLL ITTTTTT in space!

I need my hands on The Bloodright Trilogy #2 ! NOWWWW! 😭

I seriously need time to process this. RTC

Thank you Ms. Skrutskie; I don’t know how I didn’t realize ju
Sahil Javed
Apr 07, 2020 marked it as to-read
i can't express how much i dislike this cover but i heard this book was gay so i'm in. ...more
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
↠ 4.5 stars

If you haven’t gotten around to reading this amazing sci-fi friends to lovers about two fighter pilots who realize that one is the heir to the throne of the empire that overthrew his home world, then you are contractually obligated to do so after reading this run on sentence. This book had everything—excellent world building, complex and well flushed out characters, and a frustratingly slow romance between the two main characters. Everything from the underlying ethical dilemmas, to th
I both really liked some and really struggled with other parts of this book, but what I think it comes down to is that the impressions and expectations I got from the way Bonds of Brass was advertized did not match with what it delivered.

Read the full review here.

Content warnings include: violence, war, invasion and oppression, what essentially boils down to attempted genocide, hostage/being taken prisoner situations, homelessness; mentions of torture, death of parents, execution, electrocu
Jun 05, 2020 marked it as will-avoid-forever
I'm not interested in white women writing from the perspective of a Black queer man. Also, this Twitter interaction is a huge yikes.

Give Black queer stories to Black queer authors, thanks. 💛
Tara Sim
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rebecca Roanhorse
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I blurbed this book and said: "An exciting YA space opera full of action and adventure that explores the bonds of loyalty and love and what happens when they are stretched to their limits."

Lots of fun, great tension between the characters, danger, excitement - it's all there. The resolution was a bit jarring but not fatally so. A solid YA space opera.
Lea | That_Bookdragon
Apr 08, 2020 marked it as to-read
So I just found out about this book and I need this in my life so bad
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, lgbt, scifi-space
From the outset, the world of BONDS OF BRASS is absolutely fascinating: from the naming system to the mechanics of every ship flown, Skrutskie has clearly put a lot of time and effort into the creation of the world Ettian and Gal inhabit, and that work has paid off. I particularly appreciated learning why Rana was conquered by the Umber Empire, as I have often been disappointed in books' explanations for war and conquest. The characters, too, were an absolute delight to read about, from Wen to E ...more
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
So... this was bad. But not for the reason you could think of.
If any of you is here to read a stormpilot fanfic... WHY?! Just go on AO3.
This is not a fanfic, rightly so.

But it is bad. So this is more a romance than everything else. I like romance, but when I want to read a romance I read a romance. Could you like this book? Probably. I kinda did. But you could read something else with similar elements and appreciate that more.

It's just not well written, there are so many elements to create tens
El Hyrst
DNF @ 64%

The writing itself is fine in this, Emily Skrutskie is clearly a talented writer. I just have concerns about pretty much this entire book. I actually won this copy in a giveaway, not through requests, but am reviewing on Netgalley as that was how the copy was sent to me.

Initially I was worried to start with, as the book is written from the perspective of a gay/bisexual Black man with a gay/bisexual Latinx love interest, but written by a white woman. I was worried about how well the POV
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Nov 11, 2020 marked it as dnf
edit 4/4/2020: honestly the more i reflect on this book the more i dislike it. a white woman should not be writing and profiting off of stories about poc. not to mention how poorly the book handles themes of imperialism and colonization. the whole concept of “bloodright” doesn’t sit right with me. if it were possible to give zero or negative stars, i would.

thank you to netgalley and the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

i was excited to get an arc of this ages ago,
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-read, audiobook
Nice! This was even better than I expected.

A great adventure and hidden-identity story, augmented with a typically angsty-ish (but in a totally good way) m/m young adult romance. Lots of feels. Lots of fun. The summary of the book pretty much delivers as promised.

I'm definitely reading the next book, Oaths of Legacy.

Note on the audiobook: the narrator did an amazing job; this is definitely a good choice if you are considering audio.
Apr 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Jan 08, 2020 marked it as to-read
With this book, my dreams are officially coming true.
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Emily Skrutskie is six feet tall. She was born in Massachusetts, raised in Virginia, and forged in the mountains above Boulder, Colorado. She holds a B.A. in Performing and Media Arts from Cornell University, where she studied an outrageous and demanding combination of film, computer science, and game design.

She is the author of THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US and its sequel, THE EDGE OF THE ABYSS, as wel

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“It feels ridiculous to say it now. For gods’ sake, we just caved into this. But two and a half years is more than enough to know, even if you’ve only been kissing for a microscopic portion of them, so it doesn’t feel shameful in the slightest to whisper, “I love you,” into the inches between us.
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