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Series: Inherit the Stars #1
Published by Perseus Books Group on December 8th 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Three royal houses ruling three interplanetary systems are on the brink of collapse, and they must either ally together or tear each other apart in order for their people to survive.
Asa is the youngest daughter of the house of Fane, which has been fighting a devastating food and energy crisis for far too long. She thinks she can save her family’s livelihood by posing as her oldest sister in an arranged marriage with Eagle, the heir to the throne of the house of Westlet. The appearance of her mother, a traitor who defected to the house of Galton, adds fuel to the fire, while Asa also tries to save her sister Wren's life . . . possibly from the hands of their own father.
But as Asa and Eagle forge a genuine bond, will secrets from the past and the urgent needs of their people in the present keep them divided?
Author Tessa Elwood's debut series is an epic romance at heart, set against a mine field of political machinations, space adventure, and deep-seeded family loyalties.
If you’re looking for a book that extols sisterly love, and the love of family in general, then this is the book for you. We start off with Asa, the youngest daughter of Fane who has been stranded with her older sister Wren. Except Wren has been injured, and now Asa is trying to rescue her sister. Everything she does in this book is a reflection of Asa’s love for her sister Wren. She fights to get them home, she fights to keep her alive, and she takes her sister’s place in a blood-bound wedding to ensure that Wren is kept alive and to try and find a way to bring her our of her coma.
Asa has such a big heart and it shows. She loves her family, and then after getting married to Eagle, she grows to love him too. They go through a lot together in order to keep their marriage strong, and to keep Wren alive. The romance between Asa and Eagle unfolds so slowly that it’s almost heartbreaking to watch, but it becomes obvious that even if they haven’t said it, the love is definitely there.
I loved the world building in this book. The three different families that control the different factions, the political drama, combined with good old science fiction and romance… it swept me away. There seemed to be so much effort put into the different worlds, the different political factions, and the different families. It felt like it drew some on medieval cultures to help establish the different families, but otherwise was very original and unique. The characters were very three-dimensional and even the minor characters had some personality that was unique to them leading to a very rich cast of characters.
This was a fun book to read, full of great characters, fantastic world building, and a terrific love story. This is one I would gladly hand to my daughter to read. I think she would enjoy it as much as I have.