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Shrouded Loyalties

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  35 reviews
A soldier returns home with a dangerous secret from an alternate realm, unaware that she is surrounded by spies and collaborators, in this intense military science fiction novel.

Naval officer Mila Blackwood is determined to keep her country's most powerful secret - shrouding, the ability to traverse their planet in seconds through an alternate realm - out of enemy hands. B
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 13th 2019 by Angry Robot
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May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My favorite Lovecraft story is called "From Beyond", and features a scientist who invents a mechanism that detects an alternate dimension full of strange, monstrous beings that is overlaid with our own. The problem is, once you can see the monsters, they can see you...

Shrouded Loyalties features just such a fantastical Lovecraftian realm, which has been tapped for human convenience in true sci-fi style. By "shrouding" into another dimension, military submarines can traverse the planet in seconds
Nathan Makaryk
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Damn, this book packs a punch!

I loved it, start to finish. It has so many constantly-competing levels of deception and espionage all juggled at once, and somehow it's simultaneously packed to the brim with non-stop action with terrifying escalations. The world building is dense and the pace never slows to hold your hand, so hold on tight to every word.

It does one of my absolute favorite things, which is to jump between POV characters on opposite sides of the main conflict: the book artfully vaul
Maria V. Snyder
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another ARC that came my way for a possible cover quote. I was intrigued about this story from the description - and one of the main protagonists is a female Chief Sea Officer (Mila Blackwood) in a submarine! How cool is that? The world is rather unique and there's a war going on between two countries. One has this new shrouding technology that allows them to travel into enemy territory without being seen. That sub is using the technology. Overall an engaging read - I'll put my quote at the bott ...more
Dan Hanks
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
My journey into reading through as many Angry Robot stories as I can continues with Shrouded Loyalties and WHY AREN'T MORE PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT THIS BOOK!? It's stunning, from the detailed world building, to the flawed (but great) characters, to the concept at the heart of the adventure. There is so much going on here, I absolutely loved it and can only hope one day we get a sequel because there is so much more of this epic story to explore. ...more
Chris Berko
Jul 03, 2020 rated it liked it
A great idea and a cool story but this was hard to get into due of lack of characterization. For the first seventy five percent of the book I had a hard time telling who was who and which characters were on which side and up from down sideways from left, it was difficult. The names were the only thing distinguishing one from the other because everyone was pretty blended together in terms of how they talked and acted. I am glad I finished it though and the ending made up for the non-connection. O ...more
A novel featuring a battle between two warring civilizations, an inter dimensional pathway called shrouding through a realm inhabited by strange creatures, secret powers tattooed on survivors, military secrets, sibling rivalry, and family secrets. The best parts were the submarine action scenes especially the shrouding. Despite that, much of the novel failed to cross The believability threshold and fell flat.

Many thanks to the publisher for providing a copy for review.
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s, sci-five, ebooks

Military science fiction is one of my favourite genres to lose myself within. It’s tough to write because not only do you need to have plausible world building, but you need to have scenes that are action packed and engaging. It’s not always easy to pull off, but Shrouded Loyalties has managed to do so within a well written and totally unique package.

I couldn’t get enough of everything to do with “shrouding,” especially the mysterious Lovecraftian monsters within the realm that shrouding
Dexter Marshall
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shrouded Loyalties is a fast-paced Military ScFi adventure set on a secondary diesel punk world. I absolutely loved the setting! I am really fascinated by the second world war and the world building in this book did a really good job of giving you that feel of the second world war but in a fresh and interesting direction. Another bright spot in the novel are the characters. My favorite is Mila Blackwood one of the protagonists. She is a strong willful headstrong lead with some faults that make h ...more
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Prose fiction can explore the inner life and mental contradictions of characters in a way that other formats can’t touch. Reese Hogan’s SHROUDED LOYALTIES is a perfect example of this kind of deep dive into character and inner turmoil.

On its surface, this is a novel about a military conflict and the secretive process of “shrouding” or passing between worlds. But beneath that, it’s a thoughtful study of the layers of deceit and delusion that each of the main characters have wrapped around their
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'd rate this book somewhere between 3 and 4, but I decided to round it up, because it has some very interesting themes. I think a little more exploration of worldbuilding and a little more complex characterization would make it a real masterpiece. Anyway, I liked the conflict between two cultures and though at first I couldn't connet to any of the protagonist, they grew on to me at the end. I think it is good work, worth a read in some spare time. ...more
Anna Szabó
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
I really wanted to like this book because I loved the premise but I couldn’t. Most of the time I felt like I missed a prequel in which the basics of the world are explained.
But what bothered me more than that was that I just couldn’t relate to any of the charcters.
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an action-packed book with an exciting and imaginative plot. The settings were well-described without being cumbersome. The pacing was perfect. It had a lot of complicated details, and I can’t say I understood all of them, especially as they pertained to the gods of Belzen and Dhavnakir, but that did not keep me from getting sucked into the storyline. The end was satisfying without being overly tied up in a pretty bow. The one thing I will say is that I felt like I was on 21st Century e ...more
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is chock full of metal, monsters, and heart, and it pulls you into a world torn apart by a war. Despite the militaristic setting, this book works on a personal level as it focuses on characters who find their allegiances shifting as they discover more about each other and recognize the shorts in their own wiring. Add in the imperfect science of shrouding into dangerous and unfamiliar places and a background of mythology that may be more real than even its followers know, and you're lef ...more
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Author Reese Hogan excels at writing about broken characters, and in SHROUDED LOYALTIES, she leaves you wondering who to trust. Which is exactly what you want from a spy-fi novel. As a fan of her work, I was thrilled to see her strengths at play above and below the surface--complex characters, terrifying monsters, thrilling action scenes, and fantastic worldbuilding. The tech is freaking cool, too.
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Amy Mills
See below for some in-progress thoughts. Overall? Good ideas, good plotting, but lousy writing, and every character behaves like a teenager. Basically, this is ready for beta-readers and a serious round of editing, not publication. And I would really, really hope that one of the beta-readers has armed forces experience, because career soldiers, particularly ones in positions of command, do NOT behave the way Blackwood and the Luft-colonel do (guessing at spelling, as I listened on audio). So, ye ...more
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
This was an interesting combination of old gods blended with new-age technology in a fantasy world. Great shifting of people's motives and loyalties. Stayed up late to finish reading it. ...more
Sara T.
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Inevitably, war is based on deception. No matter how justified the cause for sending soldiers, no matter how righteous the fight, deception underlies nearly every course of action in war. Leaders lie about the costs that will be incurred, both in lives lost, funds squandered, and potential economic progress missed. Commanders lie about tactics, about risks. And soldiers absolutely must lie, at least to themselves, about the humanity and value of the lives of their enemies, about whether they can ...more
Jan 19, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
This review originally published in Looking For a Good book. Rated 2.5 of 5

Mila Blackwood is a Naval officer with a secret ... she, and others of her country, know how to 'shroud.' Shrouding is the ability to travel around the planet in a matter of seconds by using alternate realities. This is useful because Mila and her countrymen are currently at war and there are enemies everywhere.

Mila captains a submarine which has been infiltrated by an enemy ('Dhavnak') agent. And when she and another sa
John Purvis
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Author Reese Hogan ( published the novel “Shrouded Loyalties” in 2019. Mr. Hogan has published three novels. 
I received an ARC of this novel through in return for a fair and honest review.

I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in a different Universe set on the world of Mirrix. The primary character is Naval officer Mila Blackwood.
Blackwood's country, Belzen, is at war with Dhavnakir. She is serv
Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I am a science fiction fan, and love to see it tossed with spy thriller action/adventures. If that’s what you’re looking for, then Shrouded Loyalties fits the bill. The title of the book is perfect, blending the shrouding technology – a central driver of the plot of this novel – with questions of loyalty to, and trust of, family, friends, and the government you serve.

Holland is my favorite character in this tale. Working undercover – in more ways than one – the character is driven by a desire to
Chris Panatier
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is a tightly woven tale with three POVs who may all be very close to killing each other. This tension is expertly maintained throughout the book as the incredible world that the author created presses in upon them. This is military sci-fi, yes, I suppose because it is set during a war and involves those who are fighting it, but it didn't feel like I was reading your typical book that carries that tag. This is a very intimately focused story about assumed identities (in more than one wa ...more
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trust, faith and duty are challenged in this unputdownable thriller.

Mila Blackwood is a naval officer with plenty of drive and a keen sense of duty. Early in the novel, her command abilities and her relationship with last-minute replacement deckman, Holland, are put to the test in a gripping emergency situation that leaves them both changed.

The nature of this change and the effect it has on them is the mystery that keeps you reading as Hogan explores the bonds of duty, family and faith through s
Christina McMullen
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a fantastic sci-fi spy thriller. Each character was incredibly well written and had a depth that is rarely seen with multiple perspectives. Interestingly, this made me unsympathetic to a fair number of them because we could see their inner thoughts as they justified beliefs/behaviors for their own greater good. But where this would normally be a turn off, I was genuinely curious to see the story through and find out whose character arcs would develop in a positive or negative way. Withou ...more
Sep 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
Interesting ideas, but this one didn't work for me. The characters are wildly unlikeable and dysfunctional. Dialogue is a notable weakness in this book, and consists mostly of the characters alternating between asking questions and shouting at each other. (And once you notice the the dialogue has more ??? and !!! per page than you've ever seen before, you can't go back.)
Ginger Smith
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a fast-paced military sci-fi! I couldn't get enough of the weird shrouding realm (which, to me, was reminiscent of the Cthulhu Mythos), and the book was full of unexpected twists and turns. It was tough to put down and had my life not been so busy, I have no doubt I would have read it straight through. I'd love to see a sequel!! ...more
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
I bailed at 70% because I had so many stress reactions to the fighting siblings - she's got anger issues, he's alternately catatonic and hysterical and unhelpful. Not worth it despite otherwise being interesting. ...more
Leader of the Pack
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Before picking up a copy, I'd heard a lot of good things about Shrouded Loyalties. And no wonder. This book is fast-paced, has tons of action, and presents well-crafted characters - all woven into a solid plot. Definitely worth adding to your reading list! ...more
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reese did it again! Characters were intriguing and had a lot of layers. I loved the military setting. I hope there will be more of Mila!
Julie Sandel
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Too YA for my taste.
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Reese Hogan is a nonbinary transmasc science fiction author from New Mexico. Reese has published three novels, and the latest, Shrouded Loyalties from Angry Robot, was a Best SFF of August 2019 pick by both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Reese’s short fiction has been published in The Decameron Project and in the upcoming Clockwork, Curses, and Coal, an anthology of steampunk fairy tale retellings. Re ...more

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