Review: Fractured Suns (Broken Skies #2) by Theresa Kay

Fractured SunsTitle: Fractured Suns
Author: Theresa Kay
Series: Broken Skies #2
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Science Fiction Romance

We came in peace. Lie.
We had no role in the Collapse. Lie.
I have always been honest. Lie.
I never lied to her. Truth.

Reunited with her brother, and surrounded by Flint, Peter and her new-found grandfather, Jax Mitchell has still never felt more alone. The choice to follow Rym back to the city to find answers and see Lir is an easy one, but their reunion is cut short and Jax is forced to leave Lir behind. She finds herself traveling with some unexpected companions and heading back toward a place sheโ€™d hoped to never see again.

After being imprisonedโ€”and torturedโ€”on the orders of his uncle, Lir hasnโ€™t seen daylight or linked to anyone in weeks. After a lifetime of connection, the pain and loneliness is almost too much to bear. Elated that Jax actually came, Lir finds renewed hope and the strength to continue fighting his uncle’s influence over the E’rikon, even when things look hopeless and Lirโ€™s been branded a traitor by the very people heโ€™s trying to save.

While Jax and Lir fight separate battles, their missions have more in common than they realize. Itโ€™s a race against time to stop men driven only by greed and power. But the ones they trust the most might be the very people working against themโ€”and “family” doesn’t mean what it used to. Will they recognize their friends from their enemies in time to save the people they love or will they lose each other in the process?

My Review:
This was a fantastic follow-up to Broken Skies, and a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Jax and Lir have been separated and their connection is broken at the start of this novel. Jax is confused over her feelings for him and feels totally betrayed. But she can’t get him out of her head. When Rym appears, requesting to take her to him, she goes without question. When she uncovers the truth, she feels bad for ever doubting him. Everything he has done has been done to protect her.

Being in Jax’ head is difficult at times. She is dealing with a lot and her gifts are manifesting in non-transparent ways, so she’s hugely confused, and struggling. At times, I felt it was a little overdone and could have been toned down.

Not a huge amount happens in the first third of the book and I did find myself skimming parts, however, it picked up pace then and it was choc-a-block full of action, revelations, twists and turns from that point on.

Trust issues play a huge part again in this plot. I felt for Jax. It was challenging trying to identify who was genuine and who was a snake in the grass. I love books that weave intrigue and suspicion so expertly into the plot and Theresa delivered in spades here.

I was always naturally wary of Jastren so that plot twist didn’t hugely surprise me. But that shocker at the end. Holy Moly. That blew me away. I came close to crying as I loved his character (being vague on purpose)

Jax and Lir are separated for much of this book so the romance is a little light. Not a happy bunny. I hope we get more in the next one and I’m so looking forward to seeing where Theresa takes the hybrid-alien-human plot in Book 3.

All in all, another great read from Ms. Kay and I look forward to continuing this series.

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