Review: Inherit the Stars by Tessa Elwood
I read Inherit the Stars months ago, and somehow my review got lost in the mad shuffle of the holidays. I stepped out of my normal comfort zone of reading genres and tried a book I wouldn’t have naturally picked up on my own, and yeah, it surprised me how much I enjoyed it!
Three royal houses ruling three interplanetary systems are on the brink of collapse, and they must either ally together or tear each other apart in order for their people to survive.
Asa is the youngest daughter of the house of Fane, which has been fighting a devastating food and energy crisis for far too long. She thinks she can save her family’s livelihood by posing as her oldest sister in an arranged marriage with Eagle, the heir to the throne of the house of Westlet. The appearance of her mother, a traitor who defected to the house of Galton, adds fuel to the fire, while Asa also tries to save her sister Wren’s life . . . possibly from the hands of their own father.
But as Asa and Eagle forge a genuine bond, will secrets from the past and the urgent needs of their people in the present keep them divided?
When I got Inherit the Stars for review, I have to admit I was a little bit hesitant; sci-fi, new planets, alien races…all things that are not typically my cup of tea. But this book was SO GOOD!
Tessa Elwood has a way of writing that keeps you frantically turning pages to find out what happens next. I also enjoyed the way she writes just enough mystery surrounding each character that you have to really think about who you like, then she makes you rethink those opinions you formed in later chapters.
Inherit the Stars starts in the midst of action and just keeps on going. First, we meet Asa, the youngest daughter of the Fane House. I liked Asa, she is brave, loyal, and is capable of making decisions when needed. One thing that bothers me is a damsel in distress, so thank you Tessa for giving us a female character that does not choke when the pressure is on.
When Asa’s kingdom is in crisis, she has to make some tough decisions that could either condemn her homeland or ensure it’s survival. Insert Eagle, Asa’s surprise arranged husband, and heir of the House of Westlet. This match seems like it could be her kingdom’s key to survival. But politics are never black and white. I cannot wait to see what happens with Eagle and Asa in the next installment of this series. But one thing you can guarantee…whatever comes their way they will face it with pride and honor.
Inherit the Stars has everything you look for in a good book: action, mystery, heartbreak, and even a budding romance. I would highly recommend reading the prequel short story available for free on Tessa Elwood’s website. I read it after finishing the book, and it helped clarify a few things for me.
All in all, I give this book 4 out of 5 hearts, and can’t wait to find out where the story takes us next.