Press-ganged into servitude by a ruthless band of marauders who survived the devastating Storm, Nash has grown tired of his career– the young, undefeated champion of the Stray Dog fighting pits. All he longs for is a place to live where his family is not his enemy.
When his captain gives him an assignment to embed him deeper into the crew, Nash attempts to refuse, until the life of his friend is threatened. Determined to save her, Nash embarks on the mission to subjugate and control a supplier. But the supplier has other clients, one of which could be the son of the most feared pirate captain in all of Westraven.
And if Nash plays his cards right, the key to his deeply desired freedom, if he can live with the consequences of his choice…
Set two years before the events of CRIMSON SKY, this prequel novella tells the story of how Nash and Sawyer crossed paths– and fists. While best enjoyed before reading CRIMSON SKY, this bonus story can be read at any time or enjoyed as a standalone.
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About the Author
Amy is a Canadian urban fantasy and horror author. Her work revolves around monsters, magic, mythology, and mayhem. She started writing in her early teens, and never stopped. She loves building unique worlds filled with fun characters and intense action. She has been featured on various author blogs and publishing websites, is an active member of the Writing GIAM community, participates in NaNoWriMo, and is the recipient of April Moon Books Editor Award for "author voice, world-building and general bad-assery." When she isn't writing, she's reading, watching movies, taking photos, gaming, and struggling with chocoholism and ice cream addiction.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
(I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.) Amber Sky is mainly an origin story for both Nash and Sawyer, and it has effectively done its job. From how they met, to what motivated them to work together, and finally the events that caused them to be able to trust each other, this book was clear in the path it wanted to take, and that path led to an amazing story. This book had me hooked from the very first chapter. Already, we could see Nash's inner emotional turmoil ― how he hated his current way of life and sought freedom. He was forced into a life he did not choose and one he grew to hate, and he wanted out. He wants to be able to live freely, trust freely and love freely. Later in the book, he meets Sawyer, who is also trapped, but in a different way. Due to the prejudice against all who holds his father's name, he has been met with distrust wherever he goes, and nothing he does is able to convince them that he is not like his father and older brother. Despite being only 125 pages long, Amber Sky has included in it most things I think a book should have ― superb world building, fantastic character developments, solid relationships between characters (which does not involve romance may I add) and heart-gripping, detailed action scenes.
In the Dark Sky primary books, Nash is a supporting character. The reader knows he’s devoted to Sawyer and exceptional in a fight. But he doesn’t get the spotlight. Until Amber Sky. In this Dark Sky novella, we learn about Nash’s life post-Sawyer. Nash is a survivor, to a point; but, the ruthless world of Hellions and marauder bands is not one in which he thrives. Nash longs to be compassionate, to love, to be a good person. But as a Stray Dog, his life is one of fighting and dominance and brutality. Meeting up with a young Sawyer, however, gives him a chance to be more of who he really is and changes his life for the better. Amber Sky really conveys the harshness of the Dark Sky world and fleshes out Nash’s character. It’s a great introduction to the Dark Sky series, or a great addition to the series if you’re already reading it.
I was offered this book in exchange for an honest review. I reviewed the Crimson Sky and Midnight Sky and enjoyed it, so I appreciate the offer. Amber Sky is a prequel focusing mainly on the character, Nash, as he desires something more in life. We also learn how he and another character, Sawyer meet. As usual, Braun does not disappoint. I love her writing style and have enjoyed all her books so far. The only negative I can say about her books is that they are filled with so much excitement, it’s hard to review them without giving away spoilers; but then again, that’s not really a negative, is it? Overall, Amber Sky is a strong 4.5 Boundless Stars book. I loved it! ...Beth