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Aurora Blazing by Jessie Mihalik
Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller
Series: Consortium Rebellion #2
Published by HarperAudio on October 1, 2019
Genres: Science Fiction
Length: 12 hours, 22 minutes
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Bianca von Hasenberg did her duty for High House von Hasenberg and ended up trapped in a terrible marriage. When her husband dies unexpectedly and leaves her a happy widow, she vows never to marry again. Instead, she uses her connections to save other young women. Information is power and Bianca has a network that would be the envy of the ’verse—if anyone knew about it.
After an attack, Bianca’s oldest brother, the House von Hasenberg heir, disappears from Earth without a trace. Determined to find him, Bianca leaves against orders. When she refuses to return, her father sends Ian Bishop, the director of House von Hasenberg security, to haul her home like a recalcitrant child.
Bianca leads Ian on a merry chase across the universe, but when their paths finally collide, she persuades him that they would be far more successful at finding her brother if they worked together. She will do anything to save her sibling, even if it means spending time alone on a small ship with the handsome, infuriating man who once broke her heart.
As clues lead them deep into rival House Rockhurst territory, Bianca must decide if she can trust Ian with the one piece of information that could destroy her completely. .
I LOVED Polaris Rising! So I was ready for the next book in the Consortium Rebellion trilogy, Aurora Blazing. Ada’s sister, Bianca is the main character and we get her point of view. We were introduced to her already in the previous book as she is very close to Ada. While Ada is a skilled warrior, Bianca is a different type of fighter. She is a master of intelligence gathering. She is also a huge support to all her siblings.
When an issue arises for her oldest brother, Bianca is determined to help him, even if it means defying her father and his security director, Ian. The two fight over her taking risks, and their sparing is angry. Already having chemistry, and high emotions in a difficult situation, they fight both anger and attraction.
I loved their skills in gathering information, solving the mysteries and fighting battles. It’s action from start to end. I was happy to see Ada and Loch again, along with their friends, briefly. I only wish we had a bit of Ian’s point of view. The romance is not the focus, but adds to the story. It was good to learn about some of Ian’s friends, also.
Bianca has had a horrible past and now helps others, and tries hard to be honest and honorable with others. I liked her when she helped Ada, and I liked her again now. We learn more about all the siblings and none of them has an easy time of it with their father controlling much of their lives. I really enjoy this world with its politics and battles, with high tech and space travel. The characters are skilled and there is a bit of humor.
I can hardly wait for the next adventure, Chaos Reigning, projected to release May 19, 2020. It looks like this is the final book, as the author’s website indicates it is a trilogy. It is about another sister Catarina. I’ll definitely be reading!
I enjoy this narrator. Her voices for all the characters, male or female seem to fit well. The voices were a bit different so I could discern who was speaking. I listened to this at my usual 1.5x speed.
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