I read The Island quite a while back. Like, when it was still being polished up for the official release. I realized that despite my excitement and love for the series, I haven’t actually written a review. So, I re-read The Island as part of the S. Usher Evans Street Team competition, and composed my thoughts about the final version to share a reader’s review of the book.
Oh, and I’m totally #TeamTheo! ❤
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?
The Island is the first in a new romance trilogy by S. Usher Evans, author of the Razia series and Empath. (Goodreads)
I give The Island 5 stars!
First of all, I have to say that I love the characters in this book. There’s Theo, a kick-ass fighter pilot Captain full of (somewhat blind) pride and patriotism for her country. She’s queen of logically thinking in terms of survival–she’s been doing it her entire life. Then there’s Prince Galian. He’s a good soul, and he wants nothing more than to help people and find peace.
Galian only flies in an attack on Rave because he has to. When he and Theo wind up on a deserted island, he’s pretty much useless except for the fact he has two working legs (as opposed to Theo, whose leg is broken). Despite being from warring nations, the two learn to work together to survive. They also each begin to see past the propaganda and stereotypes they have of one another. As they begin to see each other as fellow human beings, not “Kylean” or “Raven,” and truths are uncovered about some harsh realities of their existence, they find their weaknesses held up by the other’s strength.
The fantasy part of this trilogy really lies in the setting. It’s Earth-like, but obviously not our “Earth.” Despite that, there are political intrigues and ideas within the book that have parallels to our own world and which prompt examination and self-examination.
I really love this whole trilogy and hope you will give it a try 😉