ECLIPSE THE SKIES
Ia Cōcha never thought she’d be working for the Olympus Commonwealth. But that was before she found out her trusted brother Einn was trying to tear apart the universe. Now, Ia, the Blood Wolf of the Skies, has agreed to help the Royal Star Force on one condition: when she finds him, she gets to kill Einn herself.
Brinn Tarver has just come to terms with her Tawny identity when the public lashes out against her people, crushing her family. At her breaking point, she starts to question everything she believes in—including Ia.
After the death of his mentor, Knives Adams is doing his best to live up to a role he didn’t ask for as Aphelion’s new headmaster. Still, with each new step deeper into war, he feels torn between his duties and the pull of Ia’s radical—sometimes criminal—ideas.
As they fight to keep darkness from eclipsing the skies, their unpredictable choices launch this breathtaking sequel to explosive new heights.
Representation: Asian author (Filipino), POC representation (East Asian, Southeast Asian)
Trigger Warnings: colonization, concentration camp, war, violence, refugee situation, slavery/mention of slavery, human/alien trafficking, death, sibling abuse
My rating: 3.5 stars
The plot was pretty good I believe. There were a couple of things that I grappled with but added interesting twists and turns to the story. On the contrary there were other things that I had seen coming miles away. The pacing was moderate which turned out to work in this book’s favour because any faster and things would have flown right over my head. The ending was quite unexpected and it actually took me a minute or two to understand what happened but nevertheless a good even if devastating ending. I mean I still haven’t come to terms with it, I’m in denial.
So here’s the thing, in Ignite The stars I freaking fell in love with each and every character of this story, especially IA and Brinn. The way they were written was absolutely beautiful and their development was amazing. However when it came to Eclipse The Skies all of them seem to just have scattered apart? To start with Brinn and IA go back to that animosity phase they were in which was kind of strange? Like I get the reason the author tried to put across for it but it’s just that the tension kept building and building. I now see that was for the plot but it felt a lit over the top. The thing that upset me the most was the way Brinn behaved for most part of the book. Like I get it, things happen to make Brinn stumble upon those decisions but she just went off to such extremes? I literally couldn’t believe this was the same girl, I felt kind of cheated by her. Coming to Knives he just felt like a little lost puppy who had significantly little role to play, which I was okay with, but he was just acting strange and so very distant. Maybe it’s me but he felt a little off. But like every time, IA saved the day. I absolutely LOVED her in this book, more so than the last one because we see her being broken down to nothing and the difficult journey she goes through to try and stand up on her own feet and win the battle. She’s forever going to be my favourite badass girl!
I’ve always liked Maura Milan’s writing style and this is definitely just me, I felt a little lost and unattached in this book. The main reason was that I’m not a heavy science-fiction reader and this book featured a lot more of battle scenes with space-ship and galaxy stuff than the previous book which made it slightly harder for me to follow. Again, this is completely on me, the author probably did a wonderful job, I just couldn’t appreciate it as much as other readers would have.
I’m kind of conflicted honestly. I’ll never stop screaming about IA and her wonderfully rocky journey in both these books, I honestly live for her. But as much as I want to I can’t just digest some of the things that the side characters did and how a couple of things went down. And again not being an avid sci-fi reader I did dock one star because I got overwhelmed by all the science parts.
FINAL VERDICT: If you love Ignite The Stars and love reading sci-fi books definitely give this book a shot. I’m in the small miniority who didn’t like the book. Maybe you will love how things went with the side characters? Who knows.
MY FAVOURITE QUOTES
She raised an eyebrow. “Rats found their way through half a meter of vinnidium steel?”
“Those pests can get into anything”, Aaron said,
“There’s a reason why they survived past Ancient Earth. Not even cockroaches could do that.”
Oh wow rats are going to be the death of us and this book is straight up calling out these pests.
Knives was hungry. Why was he always on the verge of starvation every time one of these faculty meetings was called to session?
LMAO, is that not me in every lecture class!
He just wanted to be in his quarters, enjoying a delicious orange imported straight form the Kiln forest on Targary because they were in season now.
Instead, he was flying straight into enemy territory.
The most relatable and hilarious parts of this book are how 90% of the time Knives has food on his mind.
“There are so many sad moments in our life”, Ia said. “But also glimmers of good ones. They may be far and few between, but they’ll be there.”
This seen kind of destroyed me, ugh
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Have you read any books by Maura Milan? I can sign my soul on the fact that you’ll fall irrevocably in love with Ignite The Stars!
Do you like to read books that are set in space or future?
Which is the last book or series you read that featured a powerful, badass female lead?
I hope you all will leaves some suggestions for me in the comments, in the meantime, happy reading!