The Chains Of Their Sins (Taking Sheild Book 4)

Author: Anna Butler

Type: Sci-fi, book in series

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Reviewed by 2shay

Rating: 5 Stars


Book Blurb:

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 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…


I’m not an author. I don’t have the skills to weave words and phrases around in intricate patterns, creating emotion, drama and the crushing weight of knowledge that can’t be shared. I don’t know how to do that, but Anna Butler does.

She wrapped me up so tightly in her intricate web that the command deck of the Gryfalcon feels as familiar to me as my own living room. I can sense the slight vibration as flight after flight of Hornets leave the launch tubes. I can feel the adrenaline rush as pilots prepare for battle with the Maess…and the fear of loss. And the reality. I experience it all. She does that, this author, Anna Butler.

I have had the hardest time writing this review. I love this series and have no idea how to make every sci-fi fan feel the same. It is wonderful, intense, complicated and…painful.

The horrors Bennett found on Makepeace are haunting him. He performs his new duties on the Gryfalcon perfectly, and is making an effort to improve his relationship with his father. Seeing Flynn every day, not being able to touch or turn to him for simple human comfort, was torture for them both. Bennett lives by the rules of Duty, Honour and Service as does Flynn. And military regulations. Everyone in Albion’s military does. Fraternization rules keep them apart, slaves to the triple goddess of duty, honor and service.

This series is written as science fiction. It’s more. Change the location and the weaponry and it could be contemporary or historical…a timeless tribute to soldiers of every war on any continent, on any world. A tribute to the heroism and sacrifice of men and women willing to risk everything to protect their home, their people, their world.

It’s a love story.




  1. Hah! I’ve always said this about this series. 20 years from now, people will be pointing to it, saying, “I remember when I found the Taking Shield series.” Excellent review!


    1. Sarah, thank you for taking a moment to comment. I love this series. Anna Butler is one of the best authors around…smart, subtle and talented. I have a bit of a girl crush.


      1. I completely understand! Have you read The Gilded Scarab? Very different setting (steampunk instead of military sci-f) but brings the same attention to detail and lush storytelling to that world too. 🙂


        1. I have not. I’ll put it on my wishlist.


          1. You won’t regret it! (She’s just submitted the sequel to her publisher, so hopefully we’ll be seeing that out before the end of the year.) 🙂

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