Bonds of Brass – Emily Skrutskie


A young pilot risks everything to save his best friend–the man he trusts most and might even love–only to learn that he’s secretly the heir to a brutal galactic empire.

Ettian Nassun’s life was shattered when the merciless Umber Empire invaded. He’s spent seven years putting himself back together under its rule, joining an Umber military academy and becoming the best pilot in his class. Even better, he’s met Gal Veres–his exasperating and infuriatingly enticing roommate who’s made the Academy feel like a new home.

But when dozens of classmates spring an assassination plot on Gal, a devastating secret comes to light: Gal is the heir to the Umber Empire. Ettian barely manages to save his best friend and flee the compromised Academy unscathed, rattled both that Gal stands to inherit the empire that broke him and that there are still people willing to fight back against Umber rule. As they piece together a way to deliver Gal safely to his throne, Ettian finds himself torn in half by an impossible choice. Does he save the man who’s won his heart and trust that Gal’s goodness could transform the empire? Or does he throw his lot in with the brewing rebellion and fight to take back what’s rightfully theirs?


I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

My Rating: 4 Stars

Let me just set this up for you: Space battles, rebellions, boy/boy romance, betrayal, and did I mention SPACE BATTLES? Yes, I know, this book has everything a reader could possibly want or need and let me tell you, I am HERE for it. I was so freaking hyped for this book when my request got approved, and I am thrilled that it lived up to expectations.

Ettian was, from the start, a relatable and interesting narrator. I instantly slipped into his narrative and felt like we were fast friends. The book started off quickly and never really stopped. There was tension, both sexual and moral, and the flying scenes had my heart racing. Best of all, the romance between Ettian and Gal had my heart racing like crazy. There was so much on page chemistry between the two of them, and there are so many obstacles for them to overcome, that it was the perfect friends to lovers romance.

It would have been a five star read for me had there not been one part I had a bit of an issue with. I can’t share too much without spoiling things, but I felt as though the main characters were convinced to do something really insanely dangerous, way too easily. The stakes were high, they had other options, and the one that they chose was basically the equivalent of going nuclear. This one plot problem aside though, it was an amazing book that I absolutely devoured and I can’t wait to see where the series goes!

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