book reviews by Althea

Break the Chains – Megan E. O’Keefe ****

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Break the Chains
Break the Chains by Megan E. O’Keefe

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An excellent sequel to the excellent “Steal The Sky.” I highly recommend reading “Steal the Sky” first however, as it contains a lot of fairly necessary character generation and background information.

Pretty much all the main characters from the first book make a re-appearance, and we find ourselves dropped right into the middle of an audacious plot.

The charming rogue and reluctant heir to Honding, Detan, has decided that the only way to save his ancestral steading from military ravages is to retrieve a genius scientist/engineer from a notorious jail. In order to do so, the upstanding watch captain Ripka, along with “new chum” Enard, have gotten themselves sentenced under false charges of espionage. The plan is that Detan will find Captain Pelkaia, convince her to help (by hook or by crook) and zip down in an airship to rescue them from prison once they locate the engineer.

Sound like a bit of a tenuous – even half-baked – scheme? Well, it kind of is. Throughout the book, things keep not going quite as expected, and teetering on the edge of disaster. It makes for a fun, action-packed story, half prison drama and half steampunk-y airship adventure.

Megan O’Keefe has established herself as an author that I’ll follow.

Many thanks to Angry Robot and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this novel. As always, my opinions are solely my own.

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