Author: Aleksandr Voinov
Cover Artist: Jordan Taylor
Rating: 5.0 of 5 Stars
Genre: Gay Fiction, Historical, M/M Romance
Germany, 1945. The Third Reich is on its knees as Allied forces bomb Berlin to break the last resistance. Yet on an airfield near Berlin, the battle is far from over for a young mechanic, Felix, who’s attached to a squadron of fighter pilots. He’s especially attached to fighter ace Baldur Vogt, a man he admires and secretly loves. But there’s no room for love at the end of the world, never mind in Nazi Germany.
When Baldur narrowly cheats death, Felix pulls him from his plane, and the pilot makes his riskiest move yet. He takes a few days’ leave to recover, and he takes Felix with him. Away from the pressures of the airfield, their bond deepens, and Baldur shows Felix the kind of brotherhood he’d only ever dreamed of before.
But there’s no escaping the war, and when they return, Baldur joins the fray again in the skies over Berlin. As the Allies close in on the airfield where Felix waits for his lover, Baldur must face the truth that he is no longer the only one in mortal danger.
The Third Reich is dying, but Felix doesn’t care. The only thing that matters to him is keeping Baldur Vogt’s Messerschmidt repaired, so it can hurtle him again and again into the sky in futile attempts to stop the inevitable. Felix just wants Vogt to come back alive.
Short stories are a different kind of writing. Voinov’s “Skybound”, is a masterpiece of its genre. Exquisitely written, with the dense feel of a cinematic close-up that makes it both intimate and at times claustrophobic.
This is all subtlety and suggestion. You see the world through the eyes of Felix (“the lucky one”), a country boy caught up in Hitler’s machine. Through those eyes you witness the revelation of Vogt’s true self as he quietly transforms from a daredevil hero into a gentle, lonely man unmoved by class or rank.
It is intensely romantic, but poetic and beautiful, not remotely sentimental.
I would advise you skip the descriptive blurb that precedes the story itself, because it is banal and spoils the wonder of reading Voinov’s wonderful prose. Let the story itself catch you and pull you in.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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