Title: The Island
Series: Madion War Trilogy
Author: S. Usher Evans
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Pages: 260 pages
Purchase: Amazon | Apple
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?
She had me at “prince”. When I first discovered The Island I read the description which starts with the word “prince.” As a lover of all things prince this had me itching to get my hands on the book. Follow that up with what is bound to be a survival tale and I knew this would be a book I’d like.
Now after finishing the book I can say I loved it! I couldn’t wait to steal time to read this book. I’ve always loved books where our characters are thrust into the wilderness and need to be clever in order to survive. But The Island is more than a simple survival story. Theo and Galian come from different sides of a 50-year-war. Theo grew up in Rave where conditions are rough and children are conscripted into the military service daily like she herself was. Galian grew up as the spoiled prince with a silver spoon in his mouth from birth. But on the island both must set aside their differences, prejudices, and assumptions in order to survive.
The relationship that blooms between Galian and Theo from working together to survive on the island is captivating and will leave readers rooting for not only their survival but for them to be the change both countries need to see the end of the war.
Part mystery, part fantasy, and part romance, The Island is a new adult story that has me dying to get my hands on book two!
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