Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Finding His Feet
Author: Sandra Bard
Heroes: Kaden & Shun
Genre: M/M Fantasy/SciFi
Length: 306 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 18, 2016
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Kaden Pace, a soldier injured while on a mission, hides the extent of his damage by wearing his high-tech armor, desperate to prove his worth to his administrators and make himself useful in order to hold on to his independence. But during a simple assignment to escort two cadets across the country to retrieve the armor of a dead warrior, things start to fall apart.
They meet Shun, a young man with a secret, who steals the armor they were supposed to recover. Chasing Shun brings them to an abandoned town, where they encounter even more trouble. Stranded in the deserted city, Kaden finds himself relying more and more on Shun, the person he’d come to capture, while fighting off an invasion from the neighboring country.
But even when he returns to camp, Kaden’s problems are not over. Now he has to find a way to save Shun, whom he’s growing to care for, and keep his team alive as they make one last-ditch attempt to get back the armor Shun stole. Armor that is now in enemy hands, on an island in the middle of the sea, at Ground Zero where it all began.
I’m a huge fan of scifi and fantasies and also Sandra Bard so when I saw this book coming out, I HAD to read it immediately. I’m so glad I did because I absolutely LOVED it. I won’t go into much detail because I think the blurb does a pretty good job of that but how the author created this world and how the armor is sentient, was so fascinating to read about. I found that so intriguing especially with how Kaden’s armor acted and supported Kaden after his disability. Add to that, I absolutely adored these characters. At first, I didn’t really enjoy all Kaden’s pity party talk but once he really gets into the thick of things, I loved how he stepped up and WANTED to survive and keep everyone safe that he now considered his family.
Shun was an interesting character as well. At first he betrays Kaden, Wayland and Bradley but then things change and they all start working together. I loved that Shun fell for Kaden even though Kaden didn’t understand how he could have feelings for him. Shun didn’t have any issues with taking care of Kaden when it called for it and I loved how selfless he was at times. Bradley and Wayland, though, were great secondary characters, especially Bradley because she was so strong and so mature, way beyond her years.
My biggest issue with this one was the ending. I felt like one moment they were about to die and call for help then it was weeks later and everything was being wrapped up nicely. I would have liked to actually experience the ‘saving’ and the arrests instead of just being told about it at the end.
Overall, this was a great story and I absolutely loved it. I was drawn in right from the start and got more and more intrigued as the story progressed. I loved the characters and loved the journey they went on. I hope this isn’t the last we see of them because I’d love to get back to this world! Definitely give this a go if you’re into fantasies/sci fis with just a touch of romance!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*