The Chasm by S. Usher Evans
Published by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing on July 12, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 296 Format: Paperback Source: Purchased
They survived The Island, but can they cross The Chasm?
Four months after Prince Galian was discovered alive on a remote island, he’s adjusting slowly to life at the hospital under the Kylaen media’s glare. His promises to Theo remain unfulfilled as fear of his father keeps him from taking concrete action. And the more he learns about the machinations in Kylae, the less sure he is that it’s possible to make a difference.
Across the great Madion Sea, Major Theo Kallistrate struggles to navigate the tricky political waters of Rave’s presidential staff. To make positive change for her people, she must remain relevant and interesting to the Raven media and to the president. When he asks her to deliver a speech on her supposed two-month imprisonment at Mael, she’s not sure she can stomach the lies.
S. Usher Evans’ second installment of The Madion War Trilogy, The Chasm, finds Theo and Galian back in their respective countries, struggling to make a difference. What will it take to close a prison camp, to end a war, to protect their own people? This one surpassed the first book in terms of both worldbuilding and the characters and I really really enjoyed it. Still a survival story, just in a different landscape.
In this book, Evans is able to flesh out and expand on the firm foundation laid out in The Island. The reader is taken to new locales, getting to see politics at play. While the conflict between Kylae and Rave is still ongoing, it becomes a more multifaceted front. There’s the countries of Herin and Jervan to contend with as well as rebel factions, massive corporations, and the always important public opinion. I guess peace was never going to be easy.
Theo and Galian, now separated by the Great Madion Sea, must learn how to survive all over again. Both of them are a little lost in their new lives, but at least now their eyes have been opened. Galian can throw himself into his work and avoid his family. Unfortunately, Theo does not have that luxury as she’s essentially a government toy. Their bond may have been stretched, but their love held firm.
These MCs were, of course, my favorite part but now a whole slew of side characters come into their own. I really enjoyed getting to suss out Kader’s backstory and his loyalties. He may be gruff and intense but there’s so much more to him. I’m glad that both Galian’ s brother, Rhys, and his mother The Queen played a more active role in the story. The royal family definitely surprised me.
Overall The Chasm was a wonderful addition to S. Usher Evans’ Madion War Trilogy. I loved exploring the many reaches of this world and the expanding struggle. Theo and Galian grew tremendously and the development of the other characters definitely helped the story. I’m so happy I discovered this series and I would suggest this to others in a heartbeat.
So, are you excited for S. Usher Evans’ The Chasm? If you’ve read it, what were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!