Skybound by Aleksandr Voinov
Historical m/m romance (Novella)
Released: August 20, 2012
Reviewed by Mandi
I discovered Aleksandr Voinov this year after I read and devoured his Dark Soul series. I then went on to read Part One (currently reading Part Two – it is thousands of pages) of his very dark, Special Forces (free on his website, and I reiterate, dark) and loved. I mean, I realllllly loved.
So I’m now determined to read everything he writes. His latest release is Skybound, a novella that takes place towards the end of World War Two, featuring Felix, a German plane mechanic, and the man he admires most, pilot Baldur Vogt. It’s Felix’s job to get damaged planes in flying condition as fast as possible. From a distance he crushes on Baldur hard, part romantic feelings part admiration for his flying abilities.
One night, Baldur approaches him and they start a friendship of sorts. With the end of the war coming, and the secret thought that Germany might be in true danger of falling, Baldur and Felix take off for a quick break from the war, bringing them closer together.
I’m not sure if it is just the setting or that this book just doesn’t hold the emotional impact as the other two series I’ve read by him, but it really didn’t work for me. I really didn’t feel connected to the characters or became engaged in the story. Maybe I’m trying to compare it to much to Dark Soul or Special Forces. Or maybe being a 44 page novella, we just didn’t have time to explore this relationship (I assume more books will be coming about these two).
I think the author captures the setting well, and if this time setting interests you, maybe the story would work better. For me personally, it just didn’t interest me.