Mini-Review: Bonds of Brass

The basics:

Bonds of Brass is a space opera by Emily Skrutskie published by Penguin Random House. It is the first book of the Bloodright Trilogy.

Description from Random House:

A young pilot risks everything to save his best friend—the man he trusts most and might even love—only to learn that his friend is secretly the heir to a brutal galactic empire.

Why did I want to read it:

I picked up this book because it was everywhere across my social media when it came out. I kept reading how so many people thought the book was escapist and fun and smart … and they were right.

Bonds of Brass immediately grabbed my attention (which has not been easy for books to do during this pandemic) and I only put it down when I had to for work or sleep. The main characters, Ettian and Gal, were easy to root for even when they were making bad decisions and I felt engaged throughout the entire story and connected to their world. I did feel it dragged a bit near the end, but the actual ending I thought was perfect.

In general, I enjoy stories that are epic in scale and deal with family connections – relationships from blood and even better in many cases found families. Bonds of Brass has all this and more. Bonds of Brass also deals a lot with how we identify ourselves and who we choose to be loyal to and why we make these choices in interesting ways.

Do I recommend it?

Absolutely! I can’t wait for the second book in the Bloodright Trilogy and I can easily see this story being adapted into a TV series or film.

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