The Island by S. Usher Evans
Published by Sun's Golden Ray Publishing on April 26th 2016
Prince Galian is third in line to the throne, but prefers his place as a resident at the Royal Kylaen Hospital. When his father urges him to join the military to help reclaim their colony, Galian is forced to put aside his oath to Do No Harm and fight a war he does not believe in.
Across the great Madion Sea, Captain Theo Kallistrate dreams of a day when she is no longer bound by conscription to fight for her country's independence. But when the Kylaens threaten, honor and duty call her to the front lines to fight off the oppressors. When an air skirmish goes wrong, both Theo and Galian crash on a remote island hundreds of miles from either nation. Grievously injured, Theo must rely on Galian's medical expertise, and Galian must rely on Theo's survival skills, to live another day in a harsh and unforgiving terrain.
Can they put aside their differences long enough to survive? Or will the war that brought them to the island tear them apart?
Well, let me start off by saying, I was really nervous about reading The Island. I have developed a friendship of sorts with S. Usher Evans on Twitter (she’s AWESOME, by the way), and it is always a little scary to read something written by someone you “know.” Also, I was concerned that this book might have a little bit more romance than I could handle. But, thankfully, I was totally wrong!
I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. Theo and Prince Galian are from countries that are at war with each other, and they are on the front lines, believing whole-heartedly that their country is in the right. That is, until Theo and Galian end up stranded on a island together, and all of their beliefs are put to the test.
If you know me well, you know that I have a really hard time connecting with most female main characters. I don’t know what it is, but it’s really hard for me to find a female lead that I like. I really liked Theo, though! She was tough and strong-willed and I loved her. I also loved everything about Galian. The romance was not overbearing at all, and it was balanced perfectly with some action and suspense. Watching their relationship develop was just wonderful, and I can’t wait to see where they go from here.
The only slight negative I have about this book (if you can even call it that) is that I would love to learn even more about the world that Theo and Galian live in. I know the majority of this book took place on an island, so that limited the world-building quite a bit, but I would still like to know more about the history of their world and how these two countries ended up fighting one another. I am really looking forward to reading the next book to hopefully learn some more about their world.
Reading an S. Usher Evans book was one of my goals for 2016, and I am so happy to say that I accomplished my goal and LOVED it. I can’t wait to continue with this series and to see where Theo and Galian end up next. I hope that you will check out The Island, because it is definitely worth it. And I hope you go say hi to this lovely author on Twitter, because she is the greatest!
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Meet the Author!
S. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a “real job” as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for the birds and rekindled a childhood passion for writing novels. She sold everything she owned and moved back to Pensacola, where she currently resides with her two dogs, Zoe and Mr. Biscuit.
Evans is the author of the Razia series and Empath, both published by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing.
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