Star Wars–style space opera meets the Greek myth of Icarus in Arielle M. Bailey’s The Icarus Aftermath. Icarus, the Rebellion’s greatest pilot, has fallen to the Labyrinth, a planetary defense system that will cement Krete’s stranglehold on galactic trade routes. Following this loss, Icarus’ secret fiancée Koralia finally joins the Rebellion. But she must hide her connection to Icarus because someone close to Icarus betrayed him, leading to his death. Koralia and Icarus’s found family of Sunfire pilots must rally to achieve his last goal: destroy the Labyrinth. Can Koralia navigate this maze of relationships and secrets without losing the family of the man she loved? And will the traitor be found before more pilots fall? Arielle Bailey spins a golden yarn of vivid characters and gripping emotion, set in a world ripe for exploration in further Sunfire Saga episodes.
Best for: Teen and adult fans of Star Wars, Greek/Roman mythology, space opera, and found-family dynamics.
Discern: Mild language, including fictional swear words; frank discussions of Olympian affairs; some violence, including multiple character deaths; scenes of blood, anxiety attacks, and sexual tension.