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Reviewed by J. Aislynn d'Merricksson for Readers' Favorite
Ioana Visan's Broken Hearts is the sequel to the novel Broken People. In Broken Hearts, we follow the continuing adventures of Dale, Aurore, and the members of the Nightingale Circus. Dale has been 'contracted' to protect Aurore, and now travels with her on business abroad. The Circus itself had departed Bratislava a week before. During their travels, Nicolas, now the manager of the Nightingale Circus, is detained and accused of being a rogue telecharger. Telechargers seem to be pretty special, with a connection to the very building blocks of the universe, having the ability to manipulate both energy and matter. A telecharger who snaps and loses control for some reason sounds like a very dangerous prospect. Nicolas' traveling companions make plans to free him.
This story is every bit as good as the previous one. While I like all of the characters, I most enjoyed Nicolas' story. I want to learn more about the telechargers! They seem like such fascinating and dangerous people. I also want to learn more of Spinner and Rake, the Circus’ blademasters and technicians. The author has done an excellent job of drawing the reader in and making them care about the characters. As before, the writing style was crisp and imaginative. There is very little excess writing.
Ioana Visan's Broken Hearts is a real treat. If you enjoy sci-fi, cyberpunk, or dystopian stories, be sure to check it out. I doubt you'll be disappointed. There is a companion novella simply titled The Nightingale Circus. I've snagged a copy of that book as well as a few other of Visan's works to read! Looking forward to that, most certainly. I'd love to see future books set in the same world as well.