The Island

The Island

by S. Usher Evans


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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780986298189
Publisher: Sun's Golden Ray Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 04/26/2016
Series: Madion War Trilogy , #1
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

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The Island 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
blamethebooks More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. Theo and Prince Galian are from countries that are at war with each other, and they are on the front lines, believing whole-heartedly that their country is in the right. That is, until Theo and Galian end up stranded on a island together, and all of their beliefs are put to the test. I have a really hard time connecting with most female main characters. I don’t know what it is, but it’s really hard for me to find a female lead that I like. I really liked Theo, though! She was tough and strong-willed and I loved her. I also loved everything about Galian. The romance was not overbearing at all, and it was balanced perfectly with some action and suspense. Watching their relationship develop was just wonderful, and I can’t wait to see where they go from here. The only slight negative I have about this book (if you can even call it that) is that I would love to learn even more about the world that Theo and Galian live in. I know the majority of this book took place on an island, so that limited the world-building quite a bit, but I would still like to know more about the history of their world and how these two countries ended up fighting one another. I am really looking forward to reading the next book to hopefully learn some more about their world. PS- I've already read the rest of this series, and trust me, you need to read it!
Theresajs More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!!!! There is a war between 2 countries, 2 enemies (Prince Galian and Capt. Theo) crash land on the same deserted island. Capt. Theo is severely injured and to her surprise, Prince Galian works to save her instead of killing her. While stuck on the island, with each other's country presuming them dead, they come to rely on each other for survival!!! (and along the way, they fall in love!!) Of course there is so much more to this book than that. The world building, the politics, a very controlling king, the secrets.... I'm not a big fan of typical romances and while there is some romance in this book, as I said, there is so much more to it! I can't wait for the next 2 books in this trilogy!!!
Reading_With_Cupcakes More than 1 year ago
Woah! I started this book one day and then the next day it was finished. I didn't want to put it down. It made me sad when I had to take a break from it to eat or sleep or talk to someone. It was horrible! I wanted/needed to continue. I was so involved with the characters/story and the need to know what was going to happen. It also didn't hurt that the story just flowed and was easy to read. It was quite fantastic! The Island is about two individuals, orphan Theo from Rave and Prince Galian from Kylae. Two opposing worlds at war with each other. One day both Galian and Theo are up in the air shooting at one another...and then the next thing they know they are stranded on an island in the middle of no where. Oh geez. If that doesn't tell you that there is some built in angst between the characters, I don't know what else would. But you can definitely feel it! Something The Island does when telling us the story is that it rotates between the two characters points of views. I won't lie, I was worried in the beginning that I wasn't going to be able to tell the difference between Galian and Theo personality wise. I thought that they were going to end up sounding the same in my head as I read through the story. Thankfully, my fear was taken care of rather early on. Once I got used to the way the story was written, I was easily able to tell the difference between the two characters. It is something that could have gone very wrong, but thankfully it went very right. Over all, I enjoyed the world building. However, I do wish it was painted a little bit more for me. I am kind of unclear as to what kind of technology the world had. If it was more futuristic or if it was a bit in the past (when compared to our world and our time). All in all, I loved this book. I wanted a little bit more from it, but not too much. I look forward to reading the rest of the series! My Rating 4.5 Stars This review is based on a copy provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. Find more of my reviews here:
Melissa_Robles More than 1 year ago
The Island by S. Usher Evans is a mighty fine example of what happens when you suddenly find yourself stranded on an Island. With no way of getting out of it. Without resources. And with your nation's sworn enemy. I had a really great time reading this book and I was done with it before I knew it! From page one I was sucked into Theo's and Galian's sides of the story (alternating POVs!) and it was interesting to learn how different both of their lives were from each other before they shoot each other out off the sky meet. Galian being a prince of Kylaen, used to luxury and a hearty breakfast every morning. Theo a Captain of the opposing country wanting independence, used to fighting for her life every single day. When they both find themselves on the Island somewhere in the Madion Sea, Galian and Theo, after a rough beginning, manage to push the war and their prejudices to the back of their minds and slowly learn to trust and to lean on each other's skills to get to live for another day. But they can't deny the call of the Island! Because the more time they spend with each other and their defenses start to crumble in order to survive, they quickly move past from their need to kill each other to... more. *wink* The romance that blooms between them is sweet, but the kind that can only end with heart break. For when or IF they ever manage to get out of the Island, war will be back on their shoulders and they will be enemies once again. *cries* I'm looking forward to read the next book in the trilogy since the ending of this book left me a bit upset and I feel that I need to learn more about the two warring countries. Up until this point, I'm not sure which side is the good side, but I guess not knowing IS part of the fun, right? I do recommend for you to pick up a copy of The Island and loose yourself in a story of war, love, and survival.
piplupsshadow More than 1 year ago
I read Sush’s first book back in January and have fallen in love with her writing. So when she announced this one, despite my hesitation for romance, I was so, so excited for her new trilogy. And let me just say, I wasn't disappointed. The Island was everything wanted and more which is why I am rating it with a fabulous 5/5 stars due to amazing characters, compelling twists, and detailed world-building. This novel starts off with Theo who is a pilot in the midst of a war. She is strong. She must be strong. Theo is the captain of her young fleet at such a young age, she has survived countless air battles and seen more death than anyone her age should be seeing. Her wit and skills keep her alive, and that’s what I admire so much from her. Sush creates amazing female role models and Theo is another to be added to that list. Galian is the prince of the country Theo is fighting against, and he is absolutely adorable in every sense. He never wanted to be a pilot, and just wanted to help people as a doctor. His morals and values are commendable and his interactions with Theo always had me laughing. Their development throughout this book honestly couldn’t be done without the other. Their relationship developed well, so that I was shipping them very, very soon. They had so many great moments, and the author had me itching for them to kiss. And when they did omg it was glorious. The only problem I had with their relationship was that I feel Theo warmed up to Galian a little too quickly. She was ice cold for most of the beginning, but then it felt like she immediately didn’t mind that he was the enemy and allowed him to help her stay alive. If she were truly loyal to her country, she would have just killed him and got on with it, probably died even. I mean of course that wouldn’t be the point of the book, but I feel that it would have stayed in her character better if she had. I mean, when I first heard of this book, I thought it was going to be filled with a bunch of cliches. I hate cliches. And it was kind of was cliche in parts now that I think about it, but while reading, I didn’t notice them at all because they were executed in a way that I didn’t even realize it. I think it’s because the characters were so real to me. They leaped off the page, and in life, there are tons of cliched people, so the characters instantly felt normal and I was completely satisfied with these cliches, because they were done right. The last thing I loved about this book was the world building. I was able to completely understand the politics of the world, and the tension between the Raven and the Kylae. The world felt so real to me, I could totally imagine myself as the new recruit in Theo’s squadron. But the history between the two countries, the darkness and the horrors were all very well-explained and dealt with. Sush’s fantastic writing comes through once again in her first installment of the Madion Trilogy in The Island. Through characters of Galian and Theo, we can once again learn the boundaries of love in an everlasting war. If you love romance, forbidden romances, or even hate-to-love relationships and a good war, this one is for you.
CMLloyd More than 1 year ago
A fantasy with a huge romance focus where two people who hate each other and have an ugly history between their nations are stuck on an island together? Yes, please! The fantasy is very, very light. It would read very much like a contemporary if there wasn't all this wonderful political intrigue between imagined nations. The contemporary-feel of the novel made it easy for me to get sucked into the story - never did I have to reread something because I got lost (as I usually do in fantasy). Our main characters are great! Theo is an intelligent pilot who is tough as nails, and Galian is a prince with a playboy past who is settling down in the medical field. When they collide together (literally) and get stranded on an island, their strengths help each other to survive. Even though they really don't want to be together. But, of course, love slowly begins to blossom...! The pacing is steady and continuously interesting. I loved learning about the main characters' pasts and watching them change together as their view points of the world expanded. My only gripe was with the ending - I didn't feel an emotional payoff, but I am more than dying to read the sequel. So this is closer to 4.5 stars than 4 stars. ***advanced copy received for backing the Kickstarter***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My rating: 4.5/5 I’m not going to lie, when I read the back I was not exactly enthused. I thought this was going to be a book filled with clichés and I would hate the whole thing. Now don’t get me wrong there are some clichés but I found I didn’t mind them as much. There is the royalty falls for lowly citizen and torn apart by a war trope, but I didn’t even really notice it there. It was a unique story. But I’m happy to report there is absolutely no love triangle! Love triangles are what I can’t stand above all else. I really liked how we got both points of view and the parallels we saw between the two. I really liked the bickering and dynamic between Theo and Galian. I loved the unique names and how the author sprinkled in the unique language of the Raven people. I loved seeing the culture of the two different sides. It was also nice to see the prejudices and ideas the sides had about each other and how wrong they were. One thing I admired more than anything is that both girl and boy Ravens were conscripted. Theo wasn’t another Katniss, it was refreshing. She wasn’t the chosen one or born for this. She survived on will and skill alone. Skills she’d fought for and learned in battle. I loved the wordbuilding too. I really felt like I was on that island with them. I could feel their desperation and hunger. I loved the journey both of them had to go through: both to see the other side as not an enemy and specifically Galian to see that his family are indeed monsters and that the Raven people aren’t as stupid and naïve as he thought. It ended with sort of a cliff hanger, leaving me tweeting the author for book two. I honestly couldn’t put it down.
vampiregrl123 More than 1 year ago
Thank you to S. Usher Evans and Nori from ReadWriteLove28/The Sunday Street Team for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I finally found it: my second five star book of 2016! I didn’t think that I was going to be able to find another five star book this year after reading Glass Sword. This book was absolutely amazing. From the very first page I was completely invested in this novel and could not put it down. Usher Evans’ writing is fantastic. She knows exactly what to write to keep readers engaged. The pacing of this novel was perfect. Where some fantasy novels can’t get the pacing of events right, Evans has figured out the perfect placement for everything in this first novel in the Madion War Series. I loved the concept of two people who are supposed to be at war with each other stranded on an island. They go from being sworn enemies to needing each other to survive. And the ending? Holy crow it killed me! Absolutely broke my heart. I can’t wait to see what unfolds in the next novel. Ms. Evans could I please have a copy as soon as you finish it? I feel I will die without it. I can’t wait that long for the next one! I found myself caring so deeply for the main characters of The Island. Theo was brilliant and sassy and passionate about what she is fighting for. And then there’s Galian. Can I just say: major swoon moments happened. I love him. Absolutely love him. The media portrays him as a party boy who sleeps with any woman he can get his hands on, but right from the start I could tell that wasn’t true. He has such a sweet disposition and a loving heart. He would much rather be put to use helping people in a hospital than fighting a war that no one knows why they are fighting. I do want to make a note that Evans talks about sex and sexual feelings very blatantly. I really appreciated this. I feel like most authors tip toe around the subject because it is considered “taboo.” I loved that Evans didn’t cover up the characters actions. She just straight up wrote what they were doing. With that being said, some readers may be uncomfortable with this. I suggest you suck it up. Her writing is amazing. Everyone needs to get his or her hands on this book when it is released. I promise you won’t regret it.
Lisa Henson More than 1 year ago
I was introduced to the work of S. Usher Evans when my husband bought me the first three books in her Razia series as a Christmas gift. So when I had a chance to support her Kickstarter for The Island, I jumped all over that. It was just the icing on the cake that I got a copy of the book ahead of time! So I took The Island with me to my son's doctor's appointment, figuring I'd get a good start on it while we waited. We waited for two hours and a little more, and I finished the book because I The story of two warring countries, Rave/David versus Kylae/Goliath, pulled me right in. Theo is a pilot for Rave, and she's gunning for some Kylaens. When she learns that Prince Galian will be flying, she's gunning for him in particular. Galian wouldn't be flying at all, were it left up to him. He'd prefer to use his medical training , but joins the military at his father's strongly worded request. In the air battle, Theo does indeed shoot down the princeling's plane, but crashes her own in the process. So there they are, from two enemy nations, stranded on a deserted island...together. How would you like to be stuck on an island with someone who represents what you hate the most? Theo's none too crazy about it, to put it mildly. But she's injured, and Galian doesn't know a whole lot about survival, and neither of them has a way off the island since both planes went down, and it becomes clear fairly quickly that they're going to need to rely on each other if they make it out of this alive. Action? Check. A battle with the deck stacked against one nation? Yep. Characters that make you laugh and cry and want to reach into the pages and shake them? Oh, yes. And maybe some romance, too, and some intrigue, and, oh, just go get a copy!