The Chains of Their Sins (Taking Shield #4) by Anna Butler #mm #review @annabutlerfic

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Shield Captain Bennet arrives on the Gyrfalcon to take up his final year’s posting before returning to the Shield Regiment after his rotation out.

On the Gyrfalcon he faces up to the fallout from Makepeace—ethical, political and above all, personal. Will he be able to accept necessity: that knowing what the Maess are up to outweighs the humanitarian issues surrounding the prisoners he rescued from Makepeace? Can he ride out the political furore that follows the loss of the dreadnought Caliban? How will he cope with an entire year of serving under his father, Caeden? And worst of all, how in the name of every god in the Pantheon can he stand to see Flynn every single day, with the Fraternisation Regs standing between them and keeping them apart?

It will be an interesting year. Bennet can hardly wait for it to be over. Of course, things never really do go to plan… addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da14A-nony-mouseTAG

Each book in the Taking Shield is an amazing look into the world – or should I say space – of Shield Captain Bennet. In this installment, he’s back on the Gyrfalcon, working directly under his father for a year. I have to say – I was thrilled to get a large section from the POV of Caeden, Bennet’s father. In the other books, since we ‘saw’ him through the eyes of Bennet or countless others, he came across as cold, heartless – basically as a commander in the military. Seeing things from his POV, softened him. It did not make him less powerful, but gave him a tremendous amount of depth – including his feelings about Flynn and Joss.

For Flynn and Bennet to serve on the ship for a year was a literal hell for both of them, especially as Bennet was his typical self. It’ll be a miracle if he’ll ever be able to keep a relationship.

Outside of the relationship atmosphere, the Maess are at their worst. When they spring a sneak attack, it intensifies everything Bennet’s been imagining ever since Makepeace. Of course, that also comes at the end of Bennet’s year aboard and the end of him and Flynn being in such close quarters.

I won’t tell you what happened exactly, but some major stuff went down at the end of the book. Even though the series takes place in space, it gives one a look into the mind of a person who is a lifetime military man. Bennet will never be able to leave. It’s who he is. But it’s also eating him up inside because he knows some things that he can’t talk about. He knows what the Maess are capable of. And as someone close to him is killed, it takes a major toll on him.

Of course, while this book has come to an end, there is still so much in the air as to what may come in the future. What’s next for Bennet? Will he go back to Shield? Strategy? Or…? And what will that mean for Flynn? Not to mention Caeden, who – now that I know him more – I would like to see more of.

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