BOOK REVIEW: Heavenbreaker by Sara WolfHeavenbreaker by Sara Wolf
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Bravery isn't what you do. It's what you endure.

The duke of the powerful House Hauteclare is the first to die. With my dagger in his back.

He didn’t see it coming. Didn’t anticipate the bastard daughter who was supposed to die with her mother―on his order. He should have left us with the rest of the Station’s starving, commoner rubbish.

Now there’s nothing left. Just icy-white rage and a need to make House Hauteclare pay. Every damn one of them.

Even if it means riding Heavenbreaker―one of the few enormous machines left over from the War―and jousting against the fiercest nobles in the system.

Each win means another one of my enemies dies. And here, in the cold terror of space, the machine and I move as one, intent on destroying each adversary―even if it’s someone I care about. Even if it’s someone I’m falling for.

Only I’m not alone. Not anymore.


Heavenbreaker was a SciFi that took us on the journey of a lifetime!  With the story taking place in space, scenes filled with action, and a dash of romance, this book was a quick read!  The world was brutally harsh, and there were so many twists and turns that’ll keep you on your toes!  If you love the idea of jousting in space, and heroines that are filled with vengeance, then this is definitely your book!  

Where does a twisted girl like me fit in the universe? Everyone else is full, whole. No one wants the darkness – they want the stars.

The story started with Synali Emilio Woster killing her father, who was from House Hauteclare.  He had her mother murdered, and she was determined to make him pay with his life.  In trying to escape, it eventually landed her with Dravik who was a man that was bent on ruining House Hauteclare.  In exchange for riding his machine, Heavenbreaker, he would murder someone who was linked to her mother’s death for each of her wins in a duel.  As the death’s piled up, and truths became known, this book was so much more than I ever expected!

“A spider is a patient animal – until its web is broken.”

Synali was such a challenging character.  She was so focused on her end game of wanting those to suffer that had a hand in her mother’s death.  And she never seemed to think of herself, which hurt.  So while she could be immature at times and be ruled by her emotions, I was also excited to watch her grow.  Because I thought Synali had so much potential since she was tenacious, fierce, and there was no end to what she would do to accomplish her goals!

The fine line between love and hate is made of blood. And to blood it will return.

For the other characters, I have so many emotions!  Heavenbreaker was such a fascinating mystery.  From that first moment she showed something, I was desperately trying to piece together the clues.  And all I’m saying is that I thought I had a solid guess.  But oh how wrong I was!  Thankfully my guess towards Spider was correct.  Luna I adored and wanted to scoop her from the pages.  Rax was everything!  And then there was Mirelle, who was from House Hauteclare and a rider.  She was one of my favorites.  I loved that she called Synali murderer and how she tried to see the good in the world.  But she ended up seeing way more than she wanted to also.

The dance floor slowly fills in, the musicians gaining volume as my murmur loses it. “I wish you’d give up on me.”
“Oh, I will…once I’ve fought you. But until then, I’m selfishly holding on to you with everything I’ve got.”

So with similar vibes to The 100, mixed with a sprinkle of The Hunger Games, and a dash of the movie Alien, this book was such a fascinating read!  I have to say that when we got told certain things, I shuddered.  But within this story there was also jousting battles, where the riders would be inside the machines and go up against one another.  And there was also an extremely slow burn romance that had a possible love triangle attached to it.  Now I’ll be patiently waiting for the next one to be released!

“He promised. After it’s over. So it’s pointless.”
“What are you talking about?”
“Lithroi. The rabbit man. He’s going to kill me like I asked.” I laugh. “I want to rest. But sometimes I look at Luna, and the sunrise, and you…and then I don’t.”

*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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