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Honor Bound

Review

Honor Bound

After their dangerous encounter with the Phage, a terrifying alien capable of devouring their beloved Leviathan, Zara and Bea need to make a pit stop to the Sliver for more supplies. There are no rules in the Sliver; the place is based solely on bargaining. In order to retrieve the supplies the team needs, Zara negotiates a deal that opens a Pandora’s Box that threatens the entire universe. HONOR BOUND continues this unique series by the amazing writing duo, Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre.

While HONOR AMONG THIEVES left us with an ending of “you may have won the battle but haven't won the war,” HONOR BOUND picks up right where we left off ready to fight that war. These books are best read back to back since there is little recap. The length of the books may be daunting but The Honors is such a binge-worthy series.

"Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre have created a superb, unique story that a range of audiences will be sure to love. HONOR BOUND sets the bar to the next level."

Zara, Nadim and Bea, our favorite team, are back in this action-packed science fiction adventure. This unlikely friendship was such a highlight in HONOR AMONG THIEVES! The two humans bonded quickly to their alien friend, Nadim, who doubles as their spaceship. It is this friendship that drives them to risk it all in HONOR BOUND. Despite bringing a lot of new --- and old --- characters on in HONOR BOUND, the only ones fleshed out are the main three --- Zara, Nadim and Bea. We get bits and pieces of the other characters. I live for every little bit of information we gather about Starcurrent as the alien is the most intriguing. However, the readers do not get to know the side characters well enough to care about them.

Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre have created a superb, unique story that a range of audiences will be sure to love. HONOR BOUND sets the bar to the next level. The stakes are high, leaving readers in gut wrenching anticipation of how everything will turn out. A good portion of the book is cage fighting, deadly matches in order to win some cash to get the supplies the ships need. Even in HONOR AMONG THIEVES, Zara was the queen of street fighting and the sequel is no different. The action sequences are impeccably written and well-thought out, putting readers on the edge of their seats. Aguirre and Caine welcome readers into their futuristic world, and it seems so real, as if we were right there with the characters. HONOR BOUND makes a pit stop in a new setting, the Sliver, a grungy, yet technologically advanced area that opens the world up to entirely new possibilities. The world building is absolutely fantastic.

Every chapter begins with an excerpt of a secret document, memo, travel guide, or textbook page. It did this in the previous book as well. However, the excerpts not only give readers clues as to the upcoming chapter, but it also sets up a new story arc that will continue in the next book. It allows readers to immerse further into the story. It's a genius tactic to have each chapter seamlessly flow into the next, making the book difficult to put down.

The heart pounding ending leads to a rather disappointing turn as the story drops off in the middle of an action sequence. It's not so much a cliffhanger as it is an ending that leaves readers right in the middle, almost with the sense that nothing got accomplished in the sequel.

HONOR BOUND does set up a few storylines to continue in its sequel. Despite my disliking the ending for its abruptness, this is a series worth following. It is unique, with its breathtaking world building, stunning action sequences, and diverse cast of characters. HONOR BOUND is a great sequel that will have readers impatient to read the next one.

Reviewed by Jeanna Michel on February 27, 2019

Honor Bound
by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre