About the Book
Book: Blood Secrets
Series: Skyworld #2
Author: Morgan L. Busse
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Release date: August 9, 2022
Not everyone wants to see the world saved . . .
Time is running out. Cities are being engulfed in the Mist and humanity is on the brink of extinction. Theo believes he has found a way to stop mankind from Turning, but he doesn’t know how to alter Cass’s unique blood into a cure. Or if it can even be done.
Meanwhile, Cass struggles with the idea that she is possibly the savior of the world—a world she is not sure is worth saving.
From the Winchester manse to the steel city of Decadenn, there is something more chasing Cass than the House of Lords or the masked man who can walk in the Mist. Soon she must decide if she will use her blood to save mankind or let those who only care about themselves perish.
About the Author
Morgan L. Busse is a writer by day and a mother by night. She is the author of the Follower of the Word series, The Soul Chronicles, and The Ravenwood Saga. She is a three-time Christy Award finalist and winner of both the INSPY and the Carol Award for best in Christian speculative fiction. During her spare time she enjoys playing games, taking long walks, and dreaming about her next novel.
More from Morgan
A lot of stories involve the hero saving the world. But is that realistic if you consider what the hero has been through? What if saving the world means saving the villain? Or that bully who made the hero’s life terrible back in high school? Or the person who lied and it cost the hero his or her job, home, or even their first love?
When I started writing Blood Secrets, it hit me (and therefore Cass as I was writing her story), that if she saved her world—all the people who were forced to live on mountaintops, airships, and sky islands because of the deadly Mist that covered everything else—she would be saving the people who saw her as lesser than. The people who forced everyone else off the mountains to die in the Mist, including her parents. The same people who would never think of saving someone like her.
As I wrote her story, I felt Cass’s resentment and anger towards the “echelons”—those at the top of society and literally the world. She was fine with saving others like her. But the thought of saving the people who ordered the purges that killed so many made her feel sick. In her mind, they didn’t deserve her sacrifice.
Honestly, I had never thought about it before. The hero saves the world. It’s what a hero does. But this was the first time I really thought about what that meant, and who it meant saving. It made me look at myself. Would I be willing to save everyone? Even those who have hurt me? Who have cost me so much in my life? Ugh. That’s a hard thought.
People love heroes, and sometimes even want to be one themselves. But the reality is being a hero is really hard. It’s not just saving the world; it’s saving those who live in the world. The good and the bad. Those deserving and those not so much. That’s what a real hero does.
I won’t share what decision Cass made because that is part of her story. But I am glad I was able to write her story because it made me think more about how I would react in her situation. And about God, who ultimately gave all to save a world that did not want Him.
I greatly enjoyed Secrets in the Mist and could not wait for this sequel. The wait was worth it — Blood Secrets by Morgan L. Busse is AMAZING! This story picks up right where Secrets in the Mist left off, so if you have not read book one yet I recommend you read that book first as soon as possible. I loved how Theo and Cass’s relationship began to blossom from friendship into something more in book 1. I was quite hopeful that in this book it would burgeon into a full-fledged romantic relationship. I was not disappointed. I love how nerdy and awkward Theo is in regards to recognizing his feelings for Cass. Even Cass is super endearing when she realizes that her feelings for Theo are more than simple, deep friendship feelings. Theo and Cass are two people from two totally different walks of life who have spent all their lives doing their best to survive in the worlds they’ve been born into. There is no world where they would have been allowed to be together as a couple, let alone good friends. But things are changing in their world — mostly thanks to Theo and Cass working towards a new, better future for all — and their love transcends Society’s dictates. Yes, it’s a sort-of surprise to Theo and Cass, but I loved every minute of their journey.
Cass has a very difficult decision to make in this novel — to save the world, or to not save the world. I LOVED this topic. It made me think. It made me have excellent theological conversations with my husband. And it made me realize just how much Jesus’s sacrifice cost Him. Would you save the world if you could? The immediate answer is, “Yes, of course I would.” And that’s just what Cass says, too…and then she’s confronted with a meanie-head. And then she has second thoughts. And that’s when I went, “Oh, yeah, maybe I wouldn’t save the whole world. Some people are thoughtless jerks who don’t deserve life.” And then I realized how unlike Jesus I really am. Whoa! Am I really an awful, judgmental meanie-head?! This book definitely had me doing some serious soul-searching. What does Cass decide to do? Well, that would spoil everything, but I can tell you it’s INTENSE! So get a copy of this novel ASAP so you can find out just what Cass decides to do about the fate of the entire world as she knows it.
I received a review copy of this novel in eBook form from the author, Morgan L. Busse, via Celebrate Lit. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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