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**First Place Winner 2017 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Sci-fi//Futuristic. ****Third Place Winner 2017 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Book.**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, perso**First Place Winner 2017 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Sci-fi//Futuristic. ****Third Place Winner 2017 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Book.**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......

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The Chains of Their Sins Reviews

  • Richard Derus
    2019-05-13 14:35

    Rating: 5* of five#ReadingIsResistance to disappearing the love you don't yourownself feel.My full review of the fourth TAKING SHIELD series of gay-male centered space operas recommends trying and/or giving it for 2017's #Booksgiving.Yes, yes, yes, I get it, you're tired of Noble Self-Sacrifice and Dutiful Self-Abnegation.But these are real responses to having your back against the ultimate wall: Extinguishment. Erasure. End as final as it gets. Not your personal death, nothing so small as that; the end of your world and your culture, the death of untold numbers of your friends and family and lovers and all the strangers you can't hope to meet, know, love.It's that or catatonic dissociation, and there's way too much to do for such self-indulgence.

  • Kaje Harper
    2019-05-05 17:21

    Book 4 in the ongoing series. Here the politics move further onto center stage, as the events from Makepeace cast an ongoing shadow. Bennet, now serving on his father's ship, is on the periphery of the fallout, mostly. He has his own problems - pilot Flynn is now under his command and at his side, and untouchable by regulations regarding fraternization and chain of command. Both men are pretty sure they can't bend the rules just a little bit - if they get together, they are going up in flames. And so they carve out a kind of friendship, balanced on a knife edge of desire that can't be admitted. Meanwhile, although Bennet shines in his current job, he's counting off the days till he can go back to Shield. Even though it means leaving Flynn behind. There is more of the personal in this book. Bennet and his father, and sister also serving there, are becoming a little easier together, but he still wants out and home. The Maees are holding back, leaving little in the way of action to balance the unrest from colonies and aspiring politicians. Until the moment when they do move.I had thought this completed the series, (hence my starting to read it) but I was wrong. Again, we come to a small moment of rest, with the unknown ahead of our guys and their worlds. Waiting eagerly for the next one.

  • The Novel Approach Reviews
    2019-05-01 20:28

    Warning: Possible Series SpoilersBefore I start the review proper, I must say that if you have not read the first three books in the series, you must go back and read them. Also, if you have not read the third book, Makepeace, then I would stop reading this review now and know that I loved this book. I may let slip information from the third book in order to talk about this book.Since I started reviewing this series in 2015, with the release of Gyrfalcon, I have made my love for the books clear. At least I hope I have. Bennet and Flynn have become two of my favorite characters of all time, and with this book, Anna Butler has usurped all other authors as my favorite. Never before have I read a book with such detailed characters and relationships. As I’ve said before, these are more than just characters. They are so heartbreakingly real, as are their relationships.This book follows the events of Makepeace and picks up where it left off. Bennet is once again on the Gyrfalcon, his father’s dreadnought, which is just about the last place in the universe he would rather be, and it’s not just because of his father. No. On the ship he will once again come face to face with Flynn, the man he fell in love with over four years ago, despite not being able to be with him. And just because years have passed since they last saw each other, it’s clear that neither the passion nor the memories have faded.But there are rules, and Bennet will be damned if he breaks those rules. And Flynn, knowing he wants but cannot have, agrees to the rules. But it’s going to be the hardest thing he’s ever done.As the data from Makepeace is analyzed, more horror awaits as Bennet and Felix begin to piece together what the Maess have been doing with their human prisoners. It will throw the entire political world in upheaval, and it brings up even more moral and ethical gray areas that Bennet would rather avoid.I don’t think I’ve ever cried as often or as much while reading a book as I did with this one. Bennet and Flynn are so fully realized. Anna Butler truly has a gift when it comes to crafting characters and relationships, and other authors would do well to study what she has created.Even though I cried often, and reading it physically hurt my heart, I appreciated the depth of emotions. Butler avoids so many tropes that, while good on occasion, often leave me wanting more. Too often I’ve read books where the drama and heartbreak between characters is due to some misunderstanding that would be cleared up if the characters would just talk to each other. And half the time it’s over something simple.Not so with this book. Bennet and Flynn talk. Oh, do they talk. They lay their emotions and feelings for each other right out on the table from day one, and often throughout the book, and they constantly reassure each other that it will be fine, they’ll be fine. And that right there was what got me. These are two men who know what they want and they cannot have it. The regulations forbid it due to Bennet’s position on the ship. Flynn wants and can’t have. Bennet wants and can’t let himself have. They both know it, are constantly aware of it, and still they are stuck in that position. No amount of talking will solve their problem. And the constant little reminders that they are fine—even when they are not—often had me breaking down.Knowing this made it more painful to read because there wasn’t a simple resolution. I wanted there to be, god knows I did, but there’s not. Just like in real life, not everything is black and white.Don’t get me wrong, the focus of this book is not the romance. This is hard science fiction, an epic space opera at its absolute finest, and it just happens to have two male leads who have fallen in love with each other during a war. Two men who should never have even met. The tension is there, it is palpable, and it does surface often, but the book does not completely revolve around it. Bennet has to deal with the fallout from Makepeace and the new ethical problems that arise. Flynn’s problems are a little less severe on the grand scale, but for a man who lived on sex, and who has fallen in love for the first time in his life, this is a major shift for him, and, as he is fond of mentioning, the minute shift of atoms by the universe has completely disoriented him.There will be another book, and I am counting down the days until it is released. I need to know what happens next. Anna Butler never fails to deliver an outstanding book that is meticulous in its details to science of the world. For fans of the series, this is another wonderful installment. If you haven’t read the first book yet, you are seriously missing out.Reviewed by Jennifer for The Novel Approach Reviews

  • Saphirablue
    2019-04-30 20:37

    OMG. To the discoveries regarding the Maess and the things that happen at the end. OMG. /o\It's really getting creepy with what the Maess are doing (what we know so far) and I have some suspicions who is helping them. It will be interesting to find out if my suspicions are true or not. :PMy heart is aching for Bennet so much. All the things he finds out, the things he has to deal with, his estrangement with Felix and everything that happens at the end - and on top the heartache with Flynn? *hugs him so much*Also, *hugs Flynn a lot*I love Cruz! She's awesome!I've been a bit "Hmmm" with all the political stuff in the book. Yeah, it's necessary in order to get the bigger picture, create tension for our heroes and set things up. But, I'd rather read about life on a spaceship, Flynn & Bennet being idots ;) or something else. :) But, I don't mind it as long as the story doesn't get taken over by the politics (which it didn't so far). :)All in all - *makes grabby hands for the next part* For which there is no release date yet. ;.;

  • Arshad
    2019-05-11 13:46

    A solid step forward, but twice as many questions..The most awkward look-don't-touch military courtship in future history comes to an end in a moment of painful truth, as the Maess war turns hot and personal tragedy strikes from an unexpected direction. Our star-crossed heroes take a step forward in their forbidden relationship, just as their civilization faces a new day in their endless war with a faceless, implacable enemy. The story continues...

  • Paulina
    2019-04-30 20:45

    The 4th book in this spectacular series, Chains of Their Sins took the same tone as with Makepeace. The whole book is abuzz with unresolved sexual tension as circumstances leads Bennet to serve on Gyrfalcon as Flynn's superior (and the regs won't allow any fun to be had), but that all takes a back seat to address the loads of implications that arose from Makepeace.The book gets a little dry sometimes with the dialogue and non-action as there's still apparently lots of groundwork to be laid down, but when the action scenes do come up (short as they are) they are delivered just as well as in the other books.The characters are all lively and interesting as usual, Bennet's moral dilemmas somehow have yet to get old and while he remains his character, interesting facets of it arises during his dealings with Flynn. Flynn gets much more stage presence on this book than the last, though somehow he still feels like a backdrop character more than ever as he isn't directly involved in any of Bennet's immediate dilemmas (save one in the romance department), making him somewhat disconnected from the entire plot. Still, his presence in the book is pretty welcome relief in amidst the seriousness.The romantic subplot with him and Bennet is exactly that, a subplot, though I was hoping for some resolution to it during this book, or for something to happen. Sadly, the whole thing feels exactly like a rollercoaster ride, it got you feeling all sorts of ups and downs but it only took you back to square one, (ie, nowhere). It didn't feel resolved at all, and while I always admired Butler's restraint in giving readers "the reward", reading up until the end the book and finding that nothing had changed somehow feels quite disappointing, especially when the takeaway at the end is that they would be apart indefinitely again, much like in the previous books. I had been expecting a promotion for Flynn, or a transfer, but the status quo was kept alive and it's beginning to get old after the 3 previous books already established this.The other complaint I would have with this book comes from the fact that this book feels like another stepping stone to set-up. The politics peppered in this book give rise to a lot of speculation, but it feels too obscure at the moment to be worth mulling over too much, like the reader is expected to watch the scenery, absorb it a little and then go on. All in all, it is entirely forgivable given that Butler's prose and storytelling is enough to keep readers turning the pages until the end. Here's hoping though that book 5 would provide some of the answers, or provide more active action (as opposed to reactive circumstances depicted in this book). All in all worth the wait and read. Definitely recommended for fans of the series, though without much expectations for any resolutions just quite yet, and for new readers to pick up from the first book and catch up!

  • Daniel Mitton
    2019-05-19 19:45

    (Originally reviewed for Love Bytes Reviews.)After reading and reviewing the first three books in this series, I would have been quite surprised if I didn’t love this one as much as the previous ones. I wasn’t surprised at all. It was fantastic.We rejoin the story of Shield Captain Bennet and Flynn, just as Bennet is assigned as a Captain on his father’s dreadnought, Gyrfalcon. Those of you who’ve read along will remember the Gyrfalcon, and both Bennet and Flynn. For those of you who haven’t read the previous books, if you’re a science fiction lover, then you’ve missed a good series. Start with book one and work your way through them before the next installment comes out. That’s right, I said next installment. There is a teaser at the end of this one for book five, Day of Wrath. I almost wish there wasn’t because now I’ll be tapping my foot waiting for the next one!But I digress. Back to book four, The Chains of Their Sins. The interplay between Bennet and Flynn in this one is complex. Flynn is now reporting directly to Bennet, and both have been warned by the ship’s Commander, Bennet’s father, Caeden, about fraternizing with each other. What are two red blooded men to do? One hint, there is a lot of frustration.Running throughout the book, we also have the continued story of the events that occurred in book three, Makepeace, as well as some incursions by the alien Maess. The remnants of the Makepeace disaster are still very much around, and of course Bennet is still involved, as is his best friend Felix.No more spoilers. I very highly recommend this one. It might be enough to make me stop growling for more on her last book, Passing Shadows, but I’m not 100% sure just yet!Pick this book and series up today. You won’t be sorry.

  • Elisa Rolle
    2019-05-24 14:26

    2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: The Chains of Their Sins (Taking Shield #4) Anna Butler1) The world Anna Butler has created for her characters to interact in is complex and vivid. I was completely immersed in the customs, politics and different locations - superb world building. The plot is intricate, a real page turner with several surprises along the way. I am certainly looking forward to the next instalment.2) I’m already a huge fan of this series. The world building is very detailed, the settings easy to visualise and the characters....I really felt for Bennet and Flynn in this story, and could feel their frustration and pain.  The plot is complex, and very engaging.

  • Molly Lolly
    2019-04-30 13:33

    Original review on Molly LollyFour and a half stars!Once again I’m blown away by Ms. Butler and the vast world she created. I get lost in Albion and aboard the Gyrfalcon and completely immersed in the people, conflict and the entire story. I was captured from the first page and couldn’t put the book down until I was done.The politics and games that get played throughout the series, and this book in particular, was ramping up and coming to a head. I truly enjoyed seeing the twists and turns Ms. Butler includes as I read. I know I’m going to realize there are more hints when I read the next book. But the way she has everything woven together to create this massive web never ceases to impress me. All of the minute details of how things are connected and effect each other is such a joy to read.All of the characters grow in this book. Bennet and Flynn especially, however you can see it in Caeden as well. Bennet is faces with some hard realities from more than one front in this book and he tackles them each as they come but in slightly different manners. Flynn grows into himself far more in this book and gains confidence in his wants and needs being valid. Caeden learns to let go some but manages to do it while still holding tight in a way that is so typically Caeden. I enjoy the scenes from Caeden’s point of view more with each book. They make for a fascinating counterpoint to some of the assumptions Bennet has about him. In Gyrfalcon I kind of didn’t like Caeden. But he has slowly grown on me and I love how he and Bennet are working to have a better relationship after so long of constant fights. My favorite is when Caeden explains exactly what happened from his point of view all those years ago with Joss.Bennet and Flynn needed the time together where nothing physical can happen. They get to know each other better and learn their motivations. They’re also figuring out how they fit together outside of the very easy sexual side of things. Their ups and downs throughout the story had my heart beating hard and me on the edge of my seat. They’re wonderful together but also manage to ignite each other often enough you idly wonder if they like each other enough to love each other. Clearly they do, but they still have obstacles in their path keeping them from that happily ever after. They’re far closer than they were at the end of Makepeace/beginning of this book, however you can see what’s still left ahead.I feel like I need to talk about That “Colony” and what was happening there. But I absolutely do not want to spoil that because the emotions brought out in those scenes were strong. My predictions there are still surprises in store and there are larger ramifications that will blow up in spectacular ways in the next book. I will say the dilemma that gets raised out of it, before everything happens at the end, were wonderfully threaded throughout the book and weighed rationally and logically in the context of the story.I cannot wait for the next book. I love each of the books in this series and always get excited to find out what happens next. So far many of my predictions have been spot on in the series. Others I was way off the mark on. I adore the journey we’re still embarking on and eagerly wait to go further once book five is out.

  • Garrett Shepard
    2019-05-09 20:35

    Excellent, just excellent read. This has to be the best book in the series since the first one. I absolutely loved the dynamic between Bennett and Flynn in this one. Mix in the mystery with the aliens, political machinations, and well written character and you get a great volume in a space opera. Highly recommended.

  • Stonemagpie
    2019-05-14 18:29

    Where’s the next one? You can’t leave it there!The bulk of the book is slow with little plot development, until right at the end where Butler picks up speed and drives us right of a cliff.

  • Denis
    2019-05-08 20:21

    A good space opera, supporting a multi-book romance which clearly has enough about it to fill at least four more books. I look forward to reading them!

  • Kristin
    2019-05-05 14:25

    This cannot be read as a stand alone. Please read Gyrfalcon, Heart Scarab and Makepeace first if you haven't done so already. When the book left off in Heart Scarab, I noted in my review I was uneasy. Heart Scarab wasn’t quite a cliff hanger, but it had me drumming my fingers on the table going Hmm… When Makepeace started, I was again drumming my fingers on the end of the couch going Hmm, and ended the book with an ARRRrrgghh! The Chains of the Sins had me going Hmm and Arrrghh! Premise of Chains of Their Sin is Captain Bennet is serving his final year of off-Shield rotation on the Gyrfalcon. He's viewing this assignment with dread: His father is in upper command, his youngest sister Natalia is in engineering, and Flynn...Flynn is untouchable due to fraternization rules. Bennet works out a detente of sorts with his Father. He comes to some common ground with his sister. Bennet and Flynn agree that they can only be "friends", that fraternization in the ranks is one rule Bennet won't break. Somehow, they'll make it work. Not long after taking command of the Hornets on the Gyrfalcon, Bennet is called to Shield duty on the planet Boeotia, where Sheild has stashed the rescued civilians from Makepeace. His longtime friend Felix is overseeing the rehabilitation of the "civilians" while conducting studies to see how the Maess have messed with their minds - literally. Bennet doesn't like the whole situation, feels the set-up is more like a prison and the experiments too similar to what the Maess were doing and they don't part on good terms. But there is no good alternative and Bennet, angry at what Felix is doing, washes his hands of the whole mess. While an interesting read (this is a very solid scifi book), The Chains of Their Sins is a transition book. This installment really didn't have the impact in the story and romance arc that the previous books did. Bennet proposed some horrific theories to the system politicians at Albion and was bombasted for it, there was some resolution between Father and Son, we had some tears at a point I won't spoil, and, in the end, Flynn and Bennet were no farther along than when we started. Which is beginning to frustrate the HECK out of me! Come on! Give the two guys a break! Okay - author elicited an emotional response, always a good sign. But still, we're at book four and starting to get frustrated. One unresolved issue that kinda niggled at me: Natalia's behavior toward Bennet and Flynn was unexplained and a bit odd. Perhaps there is more to come in the next book? Lastly…ARRRRGGHHHH!!!!!! Blast and bother - cliffhanger alert. I have to wait for the next book, dammit. This officially falls under cruel and unusual punishment. And it’s SO worth it! I love this series - great world building, characters are complex and interesting, scifi is solid. I can't wait for the next one. Review is cross posted at Gay Book ReviewsA copy of the book was provided by the author/publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. THANK YOU!

  • Alison
    2019-05-08 13:41

    Amazing. This is the fourth book in Anna Butler's gripping Taking Shield space opera series, and it does not stand alone, so read the others first. I absolutely loved this. Like all the other books, it's intense and gripping and immersive and completely took over my brain. The characters are incredibly well-realised and full of depth and real emotion and humanity. Bennet is one of the most affecting characters I've ever read. The depth and complexity of the emotion in this book is amazing and really packs a punch. This book (like the series) is full of twists and turns and surprises and had me glued to the page. I am tremendously excited for the next book.

  • Susan
    2019-05-18 20:31

    The Chains of their Sins is a great next volume in Anna Butler’s Taking Shield series. It differed from the previous three volumes in that politics consumes most of the book and Bennet’s life, much to his dismay. There are still some space battles, and Bennet distinguishes himself as Flight Captain on his father’s dreadnought Gyrfalcon during his year’s rotation there. Bennet and Flynn manage to survive the year with Bennet as Flynn’s commanding officer. I love that in many ways it is Flynn who grows the most emotionally in this book, but since he’s never had a serious relationship before, that might be expected. Bennet, after all, already has been in two other serious relationships, although neither worked out. But Chains is primarily a classic sci-fi tale of humanity against evil and unknowable aliens. Said aliens continue to befuddle even the best human strategists, of whom Bennet is one. Without providing any spoilers, I was sad that my favorite minor character met an untimely end in this book, but such is war. Escaping into the great worldbuilding of Butler helped me keep my equanimity in the real alternative fact world.