By Kelly Bridgewater
About the Book
Book: Blood Secrets
Author: Morgan L. Busse
Genre: YA Steampunk Fantasy
Release date: August 9, 2022
Not everyone wants to see the world saved
. . .
Blood Secrets by Morgan Busse was a wonderful end to a duology. I enjoy returning to this steampunk world with flying ships, divers, money, and the strange things below the Mist. The characters are brave, daring, and wonderful to hang out with. I have heard that this is the last book in this two book series, which I wish it was not. About ninety percent into the novel, there was still a lot left in the plot that needed to be covered in order to make a happy ending. Busse rushed to the ending. I wanted more. A whole another book would not be a bad thing. Maybe some more danger with the actual ruling families. Not everything told to the readers that the story tied into a nice little bow. I wanted more for the ending of this series. There is a touch of romance. Nothing over the top. Thank goodness. The cover, again, was beautiful , and I will be purchasing a hardbound copy to have on my shelf next to the other one. I loved the world that Busse crafted and wanted to spend more time in it. I needed more of a conflict toward the end of this book. There is plenty of conflict up to that 90%. I believe there was plenty more to the story that could have been told in another installment. Overall, Blood Secrets by Morgan Busse should have had a third novel to complete the story. It felt rushed toward the end. I loved the characters and the plot and wanted to see more and stay in this story a lot longer.
I received a complimentary copy of Blood Secrets by Morgan Busse published by Enclave Publishing through Celebrate Lit. tour, but the opinions stated are all my own.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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About the Author
Morgan L. Busse is a writer by day and a mother by night. She is the author of the Follower of the Word series, The Soul Chronicles, and The Ravenwood Saga. She is a three-time Christy Award finalist and winner of both the INSPY and the Carol Award for best in Christian speculative fiction. During her spare time she enjoys playing games, taking long walks, and dreaming about her next novel.
More from Morgan
A lot of stories involve the hero saving the world. But is that realistic if you consider what the hero has been through? What if saving the world means saving the villain? Or that bully who made the hero’s life terrible back in high school? Or the person who lied and it cost the hero his or her job, home, or even their first love?
When I started writing Blood Secrets, it hit me (and therefore Cass as I was writing her story), that if she saved her world—all the people who were forced to live on mountaintops, airships, and sky islands because of the deadly Mist that covered everything else—she would be saving the people who saw her as lesser than. The people who forced everyone else off the mountains to die in the Mist, including her parents. The same people who would never think of saving someone like her.
As I wrote her story, I felt Cass’s resentment and anger towards the “echelons”—those at the top of society and literally the world. She was fine with saving others like her. But the thought of saving the people who ordered the purges that killed so many made her feel sick. In her mind, they didn’t deserve her sacrifice.
Honestly, I had never thought about it before. The hero saves the world. It’s what a hero does. But this was the first time I really thought about what that meant, and who it meant saving. It made me look at myself. Would I be willing to save everyone? Even those who have hurt me? Who have cost me so much in my life? Ugh. That’s a hard thought.
People love heroes, and sometimes even want to be one themselves. But the reality is being a hero is really hard. It’s not just saving the world; it’s saving those who live in the world. The good and the bad. Those deserving and those not so much. That’s what a real hero does.
I won’t share what decision Cass made because that is part of her story. But I am glad I was able to write her story because it made me think more about how I would react in her situation. And about God, who ultimately gave all to save a world that did not want Him.
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