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Break the Chains: Sands of Aransa Book Two Mass Market Paperback – October 4, 2016
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Praise for Break the Chains:
“I must confess that I tore through this instalment, and I’m really looking forward to the next one.”
– Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews
“I am so glad to say that this book lived up to my pretty high expectations perfectly. I loved it. Detan is back and just as cocky as ever.”
– Ever the Crafter
“Break the Chains is a fantastic follow up to Steal the Sky. This is what anticipating a new fantasy series should feel like!”
– The Conversationalist
"An excellent sequel to the excellent Steal The Sky."
– Reading Trance
Praise for Megan E. O'Keefe:
“It’s a buddy tale, a heist caper, a socioeconomic thriller and a steampunk-seasoned fantasia all at once. And it fires beautifully on all cylinders.”
– Jason Heller for NPR
“Megan O’Keefe’s stories are always vivid and compelling.”
Tim Powers, author of Declare and Three Days to Never
“Megan O’Keefe’s prose is so full of fascinating twists and delights, you won’t want to put it down. Go ahead, open it up: I dare you!”
David Farland, author of the bestselling Runelords series
“Come for the heist, stay for the inventive world building.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“A fun, page turning debut.”
– SF Signal
“The tension rises throughout, leading up to an action packed third act, with some characters living up to their full potential. Mysteries keep unfolding, and you never truly learn the whole story, which means that there is now yet another series that I’m eagerly anticipating the follow up to.”
– Fantasy Faction
“Steal the Sky is a fun secondary-world adventure with plenty of exciting action, surprising twists, and wonderful payoffs to small seeds skillfully laid throughout the story.”
– Lightspeed Magazine
“Holy sh**ballz this was good. The storyline and world building were impeccable as were the depth of the characters that inhabited it. I am really looking forward to more from this author.”
– Koeur’s Book Reviews
“But there’s something relentless about the pacing of the text, and it picks up ever-increasing speed from about the middle onward – and by the end, it’s an absolute juggernaut of prose, which I couldn’t stop reading. There’s something for everyone – witty banter, realpolitik, elusive and wonderful magic, the occasional stabbing.”
– Sci-Fi & Fantasy Reviews
About the Author
Megan E O'Keefe lives in the Bay Area of California and makes soap for a living. (It’s only a little like Fight Club.) She has worked in arts management and graphic design, and spends her free time tinkering with anything she can get her hands on.
Author hometown: Bay Area, California
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Top Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed the revealing and deepening of all the characters. I felt like I knew Detan, Tibs, and Ripka pretty well by the end of the first book, but the situations they get themselves into in book 2 reveal more of who they are and the things they've been through in the past. Pelkaia was more of a mystery in book 1, but I loved her arc in book 2. She's a loner in Steal the Sky, and in Break the Chains, she needs to learn how to work with others and what kind of leader she wants to be.
Ah, and Tibs and Detan! I adore their camaraderie and how it forms the backbone for both books. While most of their interactions are lighthearted, this book definitely broke my heart.
If you liked the first book, you'll definitely enjoy this one! And if you haven't read the first one yet, well, what are you doing here? Go get it!
'Break the Chains' is a fantastic follow up to 'Steal the Sky'. This is what anticipating a new fantasy series should feel like! I really enjoyed the first book in this series 'Steal the Sky' last year and so I was delighted to be invited to review the second book, and I'm definitely looking forward to the third!
I love the characters in this series, and what I love about Detan, Tibs, Ripka and the rest this time is that we're seeing a progression in their stories and personality. I also appreciate that we get a hint into the way they're forming connections between each other as well, including respect for each other bit by bit. Seeing Ripka challenged by her prison experience was really interesting, partly because she was the prisoner and partly because she can't turn off her 'Watch Captain' view and she notices all the ways in which she would do things differently. She does use this to her advantage, but some of it is simply evaluation through the character's eyes. I love the band of women she falls in with and the way she works with Enard (we met him as 'New Chum' in book 1) to find a key to dealing with the Empire's influence is fantastic.
I love the way Detan and Tibs work together and let nothing stand in their way to go and rescue Ripka as per the plan they made. He is single-minded in his determination to be trustworthy and to succeed in this plan and it makes him endearing and lessens some of the egotism that was present in the first book. Actually, even though I don't think Detan grew or changed too dramatically in this book, he was confronted with himself a lot, and subsequently the reader learns more of how he came to be such a person and how he and Tibs are so bound together. This story of friendship in all directions was very satisfying to read.
Actually overall I have to say one of the best qualities of this series and these stories is the emphasis on loyalty and the way that is explored - it's not just friendship, and it's not just duty. It's both of those things and more, but it makes for a very satisfying story to read. The worldbuilding continues to be interesting and we see more of the surrounds beyond the city in which we first met our band of rogues. I love this slow unfolding - it adds to the character of the story, the Empire begins to take shape and the politics and ramifications unfold gently - they're not a focus of this book so much, not really. Although I wonder if that will be a strong theme in the third (and I presume final) book in the series. There are elements that speak to diversity in this book and the series, but they're soft and not overt - either in that lovely background but clearly signposted way, or as a plot point (which gets tiresome). I get the strong sense that not all the characters are white, but I am not sure and that could be wishful on my part. There are several female identifying characters, some younger and older characters, and there are characters from different class backgrounds. I didn't note any queer identifying or disabled characters - which I will say is a shame because I think this world is a ripe setting for it - and if we can have airships, then surely queer and/or disabled characters is not a stretch?
This is a book that you cannot read as a standalone, it follows the events in 'Steal the Sky' and leads into the events of the book to come. But the series is excellent and I'd recommend it highly - especially with such a solid second book following a stand out first book.