Soul of Stars (Heart of Iron #2), by Ashley Poston
Publish Date: July 23, 2019
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Retelling
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)
Once, Ana was an orphaned space outlaw. Then she was the Empress of the Iron Kingdom. Now, thought dead by most of the galaxy after she escaped from the dark AI program called the HIVE, Ana is desperate for a way to save Di from the HIVE’s evil clutches and take back her kingdom.
Ana’s only option is to find Starbright, the one person who has hacked into the HIVE and lived to tell the tale. But when Ana’s desperation costs the crew of the Dossier a terrible price, Ana and her friends are sent spiraling through the most perilous reaches of the Iron Kingdom to stop the true arbiter of evil in her world: an ancient world-ending deity called the Great Dark.
Their journey will take the sharp-witted pilot, Jax, to the home he never wanted to return to, and the dangerous fate he left behind. And when Robb finds out who Jax really is, he must contend with his own feelings for the boy he barely knows, and whether he truly belongs with this group of outcasts.
When facing the worst odds, can Ana and her crew of misfits find a way to stop the Great Dark once and for all?
What can I say? Ashley Poston is a genius. She gave me these characters in Heart of Iron, said “Here fall in love with them!” and then proceeded to break my heart twenty different ways but also made me smile uncontrollably while doing it.
This was a whirlwind of a sequel that kept the pace of the first book, with the intrigue of the Great Dark, the painful hope of seeing Di freed from the HIVE, and the ache of romance that had me swooning. It had me on the edge of my seat, unable to put it down, and gnawing at my fingernails as I turned each page to find out the fate of my favorite fictional friends.
This book is satisfying but also leaves the potential for more in the shape of the reader’s imagination. Although I would not say no to more stories about Siege. She is such a powerful figure and there is definitely more to find out about her I am sure.
I love this duology. I love these characters, the plot, the romance, the action, and the words. And, of course, I love the true hero of the story, E0S. Nothing would have happened the way it did without you, little can opener.
Finishing the Series 2019: 7 books read, 5 series finished