A little while back, I read this fantastic story that had me absolutely riveted. It is still one of my all-time favorite sci-fi romance stories. Imagine my excitement to discover that there was a book two.
This book really shouldn’t be read out of order or as a standalone. The Redemption universe, the characters, the background, and more is all introduced in the previous book, Keir.
Keir’s Fall opens about one year after the events that ended Keir. Keir and Quin have lived in isolation healing and growing their relationship now that are safe and at peace. But then Quin starts acting oddly and her health is declining so they are forced to leave their isolated seaside cottage and head back into the middle of things.
Quin is shocked to discover what has caused her illness and needs time to adjust. She has to consult her son so she and Keir travel to the human settlements and visit with Quin’s adult son. It is awkward for Keir at first, but the family is welcoming of him, alien blue skin and all, but soon after Quin shares her secrets and he has a big adjustment to make, the peaceable human settlement is invaded by the Nercaadi.
Keir pushes everyone to safety, but doesn’t make it and becomes the prisoner of the cold-hearted Nercaadi Empress. He is horrified to see her capturing humans and converting them into cybernetic warriors to continue conquering all before her. Keir’s fate is different, but he has no more freedom than those converted and drained of their humanity. The misery and pain of his new circumstances are only endurable knowing that Quin and the rest are safe.
Quin is beside herself and desperate to rescue Keir. But she is barely herself and needs to consider more than herself now. Quin’s pain is beyond anything when she learns Keir’s fate. They were so happy and now she wonders if she will ever be happy again.
Well, this second installment was full of the colorful and unique settings and peoples, the tight and dangerous situations, the character and romance development, and the chilling villain that I came to appreciate in the first book. This segment of the story moved quickly and was shorter, but had depth and heart that kept me breathless and flipping pages madly to see what was going to happen. I loved the twists and turns and those pivotal moments. The ongoing romance between Keir and Quin was satisfying and I love them as a couple. I enjoyed meeting the new characters and reuniting with others.
And now, I am back in that waiting time for the next release, but at least I know there are more installments and the projected release dates.
All in all, this second installment was a good follow-up to the first. I would most definitely recommend this series to sci-fi romance lovers who like their sci-fi to feel like it is really otherwordly and unique.
My thanks to the author for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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