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Reviewed by Stephanie Chapman for Readers' Favorite
Navigating The Storm is the second book of Sarah Branson’s Pirates Of New Earth Series featuring Kat Wallace. Kat is standing trial for the death of Commander Teddy. Kat’s sentence is to be exiled for a year. Kat had married Takai and now has three children, much to the dismay of his mother, Yukimo. As a diplomat, Takai is gone for weeks at a time and Yukimo plots to have Kat murdered. Takai takes a job on a base, separating from Kat, who then discovers that Takai is having an affair with Miyamoto Hayami. She returns home, giving Takai an ultimatum. Kat falls in love with Will, but Takai’s appearance pulls her away from Will. The discovery of information that Teddy left behind reminds Kat of her original goal.
Sarah Branson increases the tension throughout Navigating The Storm. I hated Takai and his family for their treatment of Kat, as she was more than civil and tried to win their approval. I found it ironic when Will intended to hurt Kat for the death of Teddy and she defeated the attempt. The fact that they developed a bond after being adversaries was entertaining. This adds to the suspense in the story, together with the adrenalin rush moments of Kat’s solo missions. The supporting characters in the story are fully developed and clearly define their roles in Kat’s life. I liked the way Branson gave Kat the motivation to do more than just focus on Rob Abernathy. The encounters with her adversary keep them from harming each other, which kept me reading. Fantasy story readers will enjoy the full array of emotions that Navigating The Storm will evoke.