Reviewed by Dan
TITLE: The Chains of Their Sins
SERIES: Taking Shield – Book Four
AUTHOR: Anna Butler
PUBLISHER: Glass Hat Press
LENGTH: 283 Pages
RELEASE DATE: February 13, 2017
Shield Captain Bennet arrives on the Gyrfalcon to take up his final year’s posting before returning to the Shield Regiment after his rotation out.
On Gyrfalcon he faces up to the fallout from Makepeace—ethical, political and above all, personal. Will he be able to accept necessity: that knowing what the Maess are up to outweighs the humanitarian issues surrounding the prisoners he rescued from Makepeace? Can he ride out the political furor that follows the loss of the dreadnought Caliban? How will he cope with an entire year of serving under his father, Caeden? And worst of all, how in the name of every god in the Pantheon can he stand to see Flynn every single day, with the Fraternisation Regs standing between them and keeping them apart?
It will be an interesting year. Bennet can hardly wait for it to be over. Of course, things never really do go to plan…
After reading and reviewing the first three books in this series, I would have been quite surprised if I didn’t love this one as much as the previous ones. I wasn’t surprised at all. It was fantastic.
We rejoin the story of Shield Captain Bennet and Flynn, just as Bennet is assigned as a Captain on his father’s dreadnought, Gyrfalcon. Those of you who’ve read along will remember the Gyrfalcon, and both Bennet and Flynn. For those of you who haven’t read the previous books, if you’re a science fiction lover, then you’ve missed a good series. Start with book one and work your way through them before the next installment comes out. That’s right, I said next installment. There is a teaser at the end of this one for book five, Day of Wrath. I almost wish there wasn’t because now I’ll be tapping my foot waiting for the next one!
But I digress. Back to book four, The Chains of Their Sins. The interplay between Bennet and Flynn in this one is complex. Flynn is now reporting directly to Bennet, and both have been warned by the ship’s Commander, Bennet’s father, Caeden, about fraternizing with each other. What are two red blooded men to do? One hint, there is a lot of frustration.
Running throughout the book, we also have the continued story of the events that occurred in book three, Makepeace, as well as some incursions by the alien Maess. The remnants of the Makepeace disaster are still very much around, and of course Bennet is still involved, as is his best friend Felix.
No more spoilers. I very highly recommend this one. It might be enough to make me stop growling for more on her last book, Passing Shadows, but I’m not 100% sure just yet!
Pick this book and series up today. You won’t be sorry.