Book Reviews

Day of Wrath (Taking Shield 5) by Anna Butler at Glass Hat Press

Genre Gay / Science Fiction / Military/Former Military / Outer Space / Romance / Action/Adventure / Fiction
Reviewed by Kristin F. on 08-April-2020

Book Blurb

In less than a week, Bennet will finally return to the Shield Regiment, leaving behind the Gyrfalcon, his father, his friends… and Flynn. Promotion to Shield Major and being given command of a battle group despite the political fallout from Makepeace the year before is everything he thought he wanted. Everything he’s worked towards for the last three years. Except for leaving Flynn. He really doesn’t want to leave Flynn.

There’s time for one last flight together. A routine mission. Nothing too taxing, just savouring every moment with the best wingman, the best friend, he’s ever had. That’s the plan.

Bennet should know better than to trust to routine because what waits for them out there will change their lives forever.

First Place: Best LGBTA Book
First Place: Best Contemporary General Fiction, Fantasy & Sci-Fi / Futuristic

Book Review

This novel cannot be read as a stand-alone. Please start with ‘Gyrfalcon’, the first book in the ‘Taking Shield’ series.


It’s the dawn of a new day for Albion and the outer planets. President Beatrice has Grand Plans to bring the planets back into the fold. For the first time in possibly centuries, she initiates a presidential tour, starting with the planet Thorn. Supreme Commander Jax is stepping down, Commander Caeden is being promoted into his place, and after this escort mission, Bennett will return to Shield as a newly promoted Shield Major.


Until everything goes very, very wrong. It’s a new day all right, but it’s raining hellfire.


Recapping a bit – where ‘Heart Scarab’ ended, I noted in my review I was uneasy. ‘Heart Scarab’ wasn’t quite a cliff- hanger, but it had me drumming my fingers on the table going “Hmm…” When ‘Makepeace’ started, I was again drumming my fingers on the end of the couch going “Hmm…”, and ended the book with an Arrrgghhhh! ‘The Chains of Their Sins’ had me going “Hmm…” and Arrrgghhhh!


I’ve waffled a bit on this, but I’ve come around to the opinion that this series is predominantly a military sci-fi with a strong m/m romance element. Romance is not uncommon in military sci-fi, but it is rarely written well. Here it is. And lest you think I’m a bit nuts for claiming this as military sci-fi – I’ve been going to sci-fi conventions for nearly twenty-five years – both local and at the World Science Fiction Convention level. I know my science fiction.


And I LOVE that this combined both almost seamlessly. THIS is the kind of romance I like in my science fiction!


And… then there is the rest of the story.




Just, well.


This is not entirely a happy plot. Yes, Bennet and Flynn get their resolution, but it is by no means a happy ever after. I admit, I expected someone to die, but not quite like what took place. It was a bit unconventional. It took me by surprise. I applaud an author who can take me by surprise.


When things go to hell, Flynn knows how to back off, when to step forward, how to be supportive without being smothering. He’s accepting and understanding and in the end, Bennet meets him more than halfway, says to heck with convention, and offers Flynn everything the man needs. It was amazingly sweet – especially if you’ve been following the series.


I don’t want to say overly much, a lot happens in this book, and much of should just be experienced without preconceived notions and enjoyed.


I will conclude with – is this the end? It kind of seemed like the end. It felt like a final book. I think it is. But I’m not entirely sure. It felt…finished. Complete. I would be very content if it was, and I would be overjoyed if there is another.


Ms Butler – well done! Bravo! (golf clap! golf clap!) I highly recommend this whole series if you like military science fiction.





DISCLAIMER: Books reviewed on this site were usually provided at no cost by the publisher or author. This book has been provided by Pride Promotions for the purpose of a review. This review was first published on Gay Book Reviews.


Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 370 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 28-June-2018
Price $3.99 ebook, $14.50 paperback
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