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 . . .
Time is running out. Cities are being engulfed in the Mist and humanity is on the brink of extinction. Theo believes he has found a way to stop mankind from Turning, but he doesn’t know how to alter Cass’s unique blood into a cure. Or if it can even be done.
Meanwhile, Cass struggles with the idea that she is possibly the savior of the world—a world she is not sure is worth saving.
From the Winchester manse to the steel city of Decadenn, there is something more chasing Cass than the House of Lords or the masked man who can walk in the Mist. Soon she must decide if she will use her blood to save mankind or let those who only care about themselves perish.
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What I love about the Skyworld series is that it has a very unique plotline. Morgan L. Busse takes the steampunk fantasy genre and combines it with a zombie apocalypse theme and elements of Dystopia. It truly makes for exciting novels.
Blood Secrets is book two in the Skyworld series. I would highly recommend reading the first book before reading this one. I had thoroughly enjoyed the first one, Secrets in the Mist. And Blood Secrets is a strong sequel. It moved a bit slower than the first one, as the first one was more action packed. However, Blood Secrets is still filled with suspense. Does Cass carry the cure for the Mist? Can they figure out how to make the cure in time before the Mist takes over the world? And can they do so before the House of the Lords and the masked man find them?
In my review of Secrets in the Mist, I mentioned how I didn't very much care for Theo. I liked him much better in this book. Perhaps because we get a more in depth look into who Theo is. Perhaps because he saved Cass's life after the ending of the first book and is helping to eradicate the mist while also hiding her from those wanting to harm her. Whatever the case may be, I liked Theo much better in Blood Secrets.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. However, I felt that the ending was rushed. It all seemed to be wrapped up too easily. And I found myself quite disappointed by it. However, for the majority of the novel, I found myself on the edge of my seat, needing to know what happens next.
I had received a copy of the book as part of the Celebrate Lit Blogging Team and was required to give an honest review.
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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