Mihalik, Jessie. Aurora Blazing. New York: Harper Voyager, 2019.
Paperback | $16.99 USD | ISBN-13: 978-0062802415 | 381 pages | Science Fiction
Aurora Blazing is a good second book, making up for some of book one’s weaknesses, while also continuing the series’ arc of being politically engaging and interesting.
I definitely liked Bianca a little more than Ada, in part because of the extra baggage she has due to her awful political marriage and its dark outcome (which some suspect she had a hand in). And I love that balance between rebuilding herself while also dealing with the crises in the galaxy, the main one this time concerning the whereabouts of one of her brothers. And I admit I prefer the “sit on the sidelines and calculate one’s next move” style that Bianca has, as opposed to Ada’s more combative style.
And the romance is much more understated in this one, although it does linger from the beginning, as there is history between her and Ian due to his role in her family’s employ, and that lends itself to a fun “princess and the bodyguard” dynamic. While he did not necessarily win me over as a hero, he is at least much more likable than Loch in the last book.
This is a good second book, and a sci-fi adventure in its own right. I recommend this someone looking for sci-fi with romantic elements.