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About High Flyer by Michelle Diener

Flying the head-of-planet around isn’t a job for the faint of heart. Especially not on Faldine, the planet in the Verdant String whose magnetic fields actively fight against technology, bringing down the ships of the unwary or the incompetent.

Hana thrives on the challenge, though. Thrives on everything about her job. It keeps her from thinking too much about what happened to her during the war, and what she is becoming. A relationship with the head-of-planet himself, though, is more than she wants to deal with.

Iver Sugotti feels like he fell into the role of head-of-planet by default. He knows he’s good at the job, and he’s enjoying the challenge of making tech work on a planet that eats tech for breakfast, but the one thing he really wants–Hana–seems out of his reach.

His pilot has made it clear she’s not interested, and he can only respect the boundaries she’s set. But when someone wants him dead, he and Hana are plunged into an all-out race for their lives. Iver discovers those closest to him have betrayed him, but also, that his pilot is not as disinterested as she seems.

As they try to outwit their enemies, they discover they are far better together than they are apart, and that Hana really is at her best when she’s flying high.


Review of High Flyer

High Flyer is the fourth action-packed installment in the Verdant String series.  The Verdant String is a goup of planets that have aligned to provide all the inhabitants an idyllic life.  Everybody flourishes.  Seem far-fetched, doesn’t it.  It is – not everybody is happy with this arrangement, which means there is going to be trouble on Faldine.

Hana and Iver are the two that will run into trouble.  Or trouble finds them.  Iver is the Faldine head-of-planet. Hana is his personal pilot.  When someone tries to shoot them down in flight, the adventure begins.  The action is non-stop.  Hana and Iver keep jumping from one bad spot to another.  And as they will be spending a lot of time together, you can expect some romance too.  This couple’s romance began before the beginning of this story.  Though their employer/employee relationship kept them from acting on their feelings before, the events of High Flyer will bring them even closer.  Between flying together, getting shot down and frequent rescuing of each other, it seems these two are meant to be together.

There were a lot of characters on multiple sides.  Too many characters.  I found it hard to remember who was on which side.  Perhaps if I had been able to read High Flyer in one sitting I would have better attuned to who was who.

Having been over a year since the last book, Trailblazer, means I don’t remember the series as well as I would like.  References to prior events had me scratching my head wishing for a better memory.  Still, you can read this as a standalone.  If you have not read the series, you may not be as affected since you won’t know what you should remember.  Having said that, I think this would be a great series to binge read right now.

Some of the questions that I had at the end of Trailblazer (review here) have been answered in High Flyer.  One of the appeals of this series is the mystery of the ancient settlers of the Verdant String.  Each book gives you a little bit more knowledge about them.  High Flyer is no different and this time, I would say the new knowledge is significant.  And it makes me want more.  I am already looking forward to learning even more in the next installment.

Many thanks to the author who provided a copy of her book in exchange for my honest review.



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