Rules of Redemption by T.A. White
Series: Firebird Chronicles #1
Published: March 7, 2019 by T.A. White
Genre: Science Fiction
Kira Forrest is a survivor. She’s risen above the pain of her beginnings to become a war hero only to leave it all behind in the pursuit of a simple life. Now a salvager, she makes a living sifting through the wreckage of dead alien ships from a war that nearly brought humanity to its knees.
After her ship takes damage, she’s forced to re-route to a space station where her past and present collide with dangerous consequences.
Kira’s existence holds the key to a faltering peace treaty with the Tuann—a technologically advanced alien race who dislikes and distrusts all humans. Winning her freedom should be easy, but a powerful and relentless Tuann warrior stands in her way. Deceiving him seems impossible, especially when he strays dangerously close to secrets she struggles to hide.
Can Kira reconcile the pain of her past with the possibilities of her future? The fate of two races depends on her success.
A friend recommended that I had to read T.A. White’s Rules of Redemption and she was not wrong because I loved this wild ride! I was immediately sucked into the world that White created and I found the tension between the humans, Tuann, and Tsavitee really interesting. Some of the history behind the characters is rolled out slowly over the course of the story and this caused a bit of confusion sometimes, but overall, I loved the writing and the characters.
There’s nothing I love more in science fiction than a kickass heroine and Kira was a great lead for this story. She’s strong, super tough, and never gives up but she’s also used to keeping her emotions close and not letting anyone in. After leaving the military she disappeared from her teammates and friends and burned a fair bit of bridges along the way. I wanted to know everything about Kira’s past and her time in the military, and the war between the humans and the Tsavitee. Basically, I just wanted to know everything because I found it all so interesting.
While the majority of the story is focused on Kira and the science fiction elements of the book, there is a budding romance to make my HEA heart happy. Graydon was deliciously mysterious and while he’s a bit overbearing in the beginning, he grew on me quickly. It’s easy to see that everything Graydon does is to help his people but when he’s confronted with politics and tradition he has to make hard choices.
I can’t wait to read more in this series specifically but also more by this new-to-me author!
**Reader Safety: Heroine was abused and experimented on as a child (referenced, off page)
5 stars – loved it!
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