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Bianca von Hasenberg did her duty for High House von Hasenberg and ended up trapped in a terrible marriage. When her husband dies unexpectedly and leaves her a happy widow, she vows never to marry again. Instead, she uses her connections to save other young women. Information is power and Bianca has a network that would be the envy of the ’verse—if anyone knew about it. Bianca von Hasenberg did her duty for High House von Hasenberg and ended up trapped in a terrible marriage. When her husband dies unexpectedly and leaves her a happy widow, she vows never to marry again. Instead, she uses her connections to save other young women. Information is power and Bianca has a network that would be the envy of the ’verse—if anyone knew about it. After an attack, Bianca’s oldest brother, the House von Hasenberg heir, disappears from Earth without a trace. Determined to find him, Bianca leaves against orders. When she refuses to return, her father sends Ian Bishop, the director of House von Hasenberg security, to haul her home like a recalcitrant child. Bianca leads Ian on a merry chase across the universe, but when their paths finally collide, she persuades him that they would be far more successful at finding her brother if they worked together. She will do anything to save her sibling, even if it means spending time alone on a small ship with the handsome, infuriating man who once broke her heart. As clues lead them deep into rival House Rockhurst territory, Bianca must decide if she can trust Ian with the one piece of information that could destroy her completely. . .


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Bianca von Hasenberg did her duty for High House von Hasenberg and ended up trapped in a terrible marriage. When her husband dies unexpectedly and leaves her a happy widow, she vows never to marry again. Instead, she uses her connections to save other young women. Information is power and Bianca has a network that would be the envy of the ’verse—if anyone knew about it. Bianca von Hasenberg did her duty for High House von Hasenberg and ended up trapped in a terrible marriage. When her husband dies unexpectedly and leaves her a happy widow, she vows never to marry again. Instead, she uses her connections to save other young women. Information is power and Bianca has a network that would be the envy of the ’verse—if anyone knew about it. After an attack, Bianca’s oldest brother, the House von Hasenberg heir, disappears from Earth without a trace. Determined to find him, Bianca leaves against orders. When she refuses to return, her father sends Ian Bishop, the director of House von Hasenberg security, to haul her home like a recalcitrant child. Bianca leads Ian on a merry chase across the universe, but when their paths finally collide, she persuades him that they would be far more successful at finding her brother if they worked together. She will do anything to save her sibling, even if it means spending time alone on a small ship with the handsome, infuriating man who once broke her heart. As clues lead them deep into rival House Rockhurst territory, Bianca must decide if she can trust Ian with the one piece of information that could destroy her completely. . .

30 review for Aurora Blazing

  1. 4 out of 5

    Corina

    I fell in love with the first book in this series, Polaris Risingat the beginning of this year. From Jessie Mihalik's vibrant voice to her strong women and action packed plot. Her debut novel had everything I would have wanted in a sci-fi romance. Now, fast forward to the second book. This time it's about Ada's sisterBianca. Bianca was asurprisingly interesting character. Intelligent, tech savvy, while expertly wilding an impressive spy network. She was a strong woman with some very interesting I fell in love with the first book in this series, Polaris Rising at the beginning of this year. From Jessie Mihalik's vibrant voice to her strong women and action packed plot. Her debut novel had everything I would have wanted in a sci-fi romance. Now, fast forward to the second book. This time it's about Ada's sister Bianca. Bianca was a surprisingly interesting character. Intelligent, tech savvy, while expertly wilding an impressive spy network. She was a strong woman with some very interesting secrets. I enjoyed that the novel started out planet side, with a fascinating dive into the world of spying, information gathering and the virtual environment HIVE. It was such a different setting to Polaris Rising. Also Aurora Blazing was much more slow burn than PR, the couple didn't fully interact with each other until 50% into the book, before that it was mostly a cat and mouse chase with a bigger focus on Bianca. Also, the book met up with Ada and Loch and Rhys and Veronica again. I loved those glimpses, especially since I wanted a second book featuring Ada and Loch because I didn't feel like their story was fully told, so getting these small snippets was wonderful. The action was dialed down a bit as well compared to the first book. It started to get interesting in the second half of the book. At the beginning the story is mainly focused on Bianca, and if I'm honest I was missing Ian's POV. He was quite the secretive personality himself, and his POV would have helped me to get to know him better. All in all, the book was well written, with great action, and a wonderful supporting cast, but it also didn't captivate and thrill me as I hoped it would. I felt something was missing. Especially throughout the first half. Moreover I needed way more interaction between Ian and Bianca, their relationship could have used 50 more pages. Nevertheless I'm looking forward to the conclusions and Catarina's story. ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lata

    Another fun entry in this series. This time we spend time getting to know Bianca (she who threatened Loch with a "rusty spoon"). She's had a lot to deal with over the years, and is critical to House von Hasenberg's successes. When the House comes under attack, she takes off from Earth, determined to deal with matters herself. Close on her heels is House security officer Ian Bishop. Though this installment is a little less fun than book one, I really liked Bianca and how well she dealt with Another fun entry in this series. This time we spend time getting to know Bianca (she who threatened Loch with a "rusty spoon"). She's had a lot to deal with over the years, and is critical to House von Hasenberg's successes. When the House comes under attack, she takes off from Earth, determined to deal with matters herself. Close on her heels is House security officer Ian Bishop. Though this installment is a little less fun than book one, I really liked Bianca and how well she dealt with numerous problems, despite being constantly underestimated. The plot moves quickly, and I enjoyed this book a lot, and look forward to the last Consortium story.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Veronique

    Having enjoyed Polaris Rising a lot, I was very much looking forward to return to this universe and inhabitants. Once more, Mihalik gives us an entertaining scifi adventure, with a dusting of romance to boot. This time, Bianca, Ada’s elder sister, is the main lead. Her experience and indeed character are quite different to our previous heroine. This one has had her share of suffering, and is still recovering from it, trying to build herself back, one tiny bit by tiny bit, which is not easy when Having enjoyed Polaris Rising a lot, I was very much looking forward to return to this universe and inhabitants. Once more, Mihalik gives us an entertaining scifi adventure, with a dusting of romance to boot. This time, Bianca, Ada’s elder sister, is the main lead. Her experience and indeed character are quite different to our previous heroine. This one has had her share of suffering, and is still recovering from it, trying to build herself back, one tiny bit by tiny bit, which is not easy when threat is literally everywhere! The narration doesn’t lose much time in setting the scene since we’re already familiar with it. Action and plotting ensue, with of course plenty of charged conversations between Bianca and Ian :0) I must admit that I preferred the first book a tinsy bit more, Ada being such a strong character. Having said this, Bianca brings a subtler angle that doesn’t lack strength, her fighting being more ‘diplomatic’ and manipulative than physical. Can’t wait to see how Catarina’s story will be - and something NEEDS to be done about the father!

  4. 5 out of 5

    JenReadsRomance

    I VERY MUCH enjoyed this book, even more than Polaris Rising! (only a little more. I liked them both). Bianca von Hasenberg is 25 and a widow, and it's clear very early that her dead husband wasn't just a real jerk in his treatment of her, but also that he did medical experiments on her. I am a sucker for a broken heroine, who has seen some things and is trying to find herself, and I think that's why I loved this book so much. Despite growing up in the ruthless world of the highest house in the I VERY MUCH enjoyed this book, even more than Polaris Rising! (only a little more. I liked them both). Bianca von Hasenberg is 25 and a widow, and it's clear very early that her dead husband wasn't just a real jerk in his treatment of her, but also that he did medical experiments on her. I am a sucker for a broken heroine, who has seen some things and is trying to find herself, and I think that's why I loved this book so much. Despite growing up in the ruthless world of the highest house in the universe, Bianca is fiercely loyal to her family and her siblings. When a threat against the house puts her in danger, the head of house security Ian Bishop is ordered to contain her. Instead, they are off on a dazzling adventure together. I love this series, I love the world building, and I love the adventure. I loved Bianca as a character and Ian as her adversary. I loved it all. As you can tell from my very clever Goodreads name, I am mostly a romance reader. I would say that Aurora Rising (like the first book) qualifies as a romance because there's a clear romantic arc with an HEA, but I don't really consider this to be a classic romance. It's very-heroine centric and is an amazing space adventure with a romance going along for the ride. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Another entertaining SF romance in this series with a very different protagonist from the first book. Bianca von Hasenberg is the older sister of Ada from the first book. She's already survived an awful arranged marriage that ended with her husband's death and has returned to her family's home. She has damage from her marriage though that's partly physically disabling, but also enables her unparalleled intelligence-gathering abilities. Her skills constantly put her in conflict with House von Another entertaining SF romance in this series with a very different protagonist from the first book. Bianca von Hasenberg is the older sister of Ada from the first book. She's already survived an awful arranged marriage that ended with her husband's death and has returned to her family's home. She has damage from her marriage though that's partly physically disabling, but also enables her unparalleled intelligence-gathering abilities. Her skills constantly put her in conflict with House von Hasenberg's head of security, Ian Bishop. When her eldest brother goes missing under mysterious circumstances Bianca and Ian trip all over each other trying to find him, leading Bianca to head into the field herself with Ian in close pursuit. Again, this isn't exactly ground-breaking SF. This is a romance with an SF setting. In those terms, it stretches the boundaries of the enemies-to-lovers trope to its extremes, because for most of the first two thirds of the book Ian is extremely unsympathetic. Enough so that the eventual redemption of his character doesn't feel earned. I'm also a lot more skeptical about this whole setting after this book. The point of view of Ada, who was a strong capable rebel and on the outside, made sense, but Bianca is embedded in the system and derives much of her power from it. So it doesn't make sense that she's so at odds with it and her father. (The von Hasenberg patriarch has got to be one of the most stupid antagonists I've ever read. What's his long game here?)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)

    4.5 Stars! Wow! I LOVE these books! Loved the first one, and was BEYOND words excited that I was able to be given a free copy for review from the publisher. If you enjoy action packed sci-fi, these are PERFECT for you! Great characters, flowing plot, which is fast paced and exciting. I highly suggest and recommend you read the first book before this one. There are bits of this story you might find confusing - such as the family dynamic and the fact that this book picks up not long after the last 4.5 Stars! Wow! I LOVE these books! Loved the first one, and was BEYOND words excited that I was able to be given a free copy for review from the publisher. If you enjoy action packed sci-fi, these are PERFECT for you! Great characters, flowing plot, which is fast paced and exciting. I highly suggest and recommend you read the first book before this one. There are bits of this story you might find confusing - such as the family dynamic and the fact that this book picks up not long after the last book ends. Each book follows sisters as they carve their own path in the universe while a much larger plot unfolds. It’s well written and the words just fly off the page. Love it and now to wait for the third book in this trilogy!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anne - Books of My Heart

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Review copy was received from Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 4.5 hearts I LOVED Polaris Rising! So I was ready for the next book in the Consortium Rebellion trilogy, Aurora Blazing. Ada's sister, Bianca is the main character and we get her point of view. We were introduced to her already in the previous book as she is very close to Ada. While Ada is a skilled warrior, Bianca is a different This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart   Review copy was received from Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.   4.5 hearts   I LOVED Polaris Rising!  So I was ready for the next book in the Consortium Rebellion trilogy, Aurora Blazing. Ada's sister, Bianca is the main character and we get her point of view. We were introduced to her already in the previous book as she is very close to Ada.   While Ada is a skilled warrior, Bianca is a different type of fighter. She is a master of intelligence gathering.  She is also a huge support to all her siblings. When an issue arises for her oldest brother, Bianca is determined to help him, even if it means defying her father and his security director, Ian.  The two fight over her taking risks, and their sparing is angry. Already having chemistry, and high emotions in a difficult situation, they fight both anger and attraction. I loved their skills in gathering information, solving the mysteries and fighting battles. It's action from start to end.  I was happy to see Ada and Loch again, along with their friends, briefly.   I only wish we had a bit of Ian's point of view. The romance is not the focus, but adds to the story. It was good to learn about some of Ian's friends, also. Bianca has had a horrible past and now helps others, and tries hard to be honest and honorable with others. I liked her when she helped Ada, and I liked her again now.  We learn more about all the siblings and none of them has an easy time of it with their father controlling much of their lives.  I really enjoy this world with its politics and battles, with high tech and space travel.  The characters are skilled and there is a bit of humor. I can hardly wait for the next adventure, Chaos Reigning, projected to release May 19, 2020.  It looks like this is the final book, as the author's website indicates it is a trilogy. It is about another sister Catarina.  I'll definitely be reading! Narration: I enjoy this narrator.  Her voices for all the characters, male or female seem to fit well.  The voices were a bit different so I could discern who was speaking. I listened to this at my usual 1.5x  speed. Listen to a clip: https://soundcloud.com/harperaudio_us...  

  8. 5 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    What a blast! Fans of space opera, intergalactic suspense, house politics and sizzling banter between two strong-willed characters will love Aurora Blazing. This story focuses on Bianca von Hasenberg. She did her duty when she married. Her husband turned out to be a monster, but and he left her both gifted and cursed. She will never again leave herself vulnerable. Bianca knows information is power, and she uses it to aid other young women, but when her brother disappears she sets off to find him What a blast! Fans of space opera, intergalactic suspense, house politics and sizzling banter between two strong-willed characters will love Aurora Blazing. This story focuses on Bianca von Hasenberg. She did her duty when she married. Her husband turned out to be a monster, but and he left her both gifted and cursed. She will never again leave herself vulnerable. Bianca knows information is power, and she uses it to aid other young women, but when her brother disappears she sets off to find him against her father’s orders. Angered, her father sends Ian Bishop, the director of House von Hasenberg security, to haul her home. I felt for Bianca and the author did a great job of sharing what happened to her, what she experienced and how she used what happened to her advantage. We see a lot of growth in Bianca throughout the story and while she sometimes forgets she doesn’t have the brawn, her sheer determination, wit, and grit make up for it. Years before she wed, Bianca opened up to Ian about her feelings towards him and he coldly rejected her. Since then the two have traded barbs. Sexual tension, snark and banter made for addictive chemistry. I loved the banter and couldn’t wait for Ian to catch her. But to save Ferdinand the heir they will need to work together. Both have secrets and everything to lose. Will they open up and trust each other? We learn more about the war and House von Hasenberg sends a sibling to the front line. Yikes! Bianca was forced to do something that might come back to haunt them and a certain family needs a good beat down. All of which left me in serious of need of the next audiobook! Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller the audiobook was a pleasure to listen to. Emily captured the banter and snark between Ian and Bianca, often making me laugh aloud. I thought the way they did Ferdinand’s voice felt authentic. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mogsy (MMOGC)

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/11/07/... I won’t lie, these are the types of romances I can only take once in a while and in small doses, but when I do, damned if I don’t have a lot of fun with them. The first book Polaris Rising served up so much entertainment, I was beyond excited and curious to check out the next installment, a standalone follow-up featuring Ada’s sister Bianca. Bianca von Hasenberg might not be the action hero like her little sister, but she 3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/11/07/... I won’t lie, these are the types of romances I can only take once in a while and in small doses, but when I do, damned if I don’t have a lot of fun with them. The first book Polaris Rising served up so much entertainment, I was beyond excited and curious to check out the next installment, a standalone follow-up featuring Ada’s sister Bianca. Bianca von Hasenberg might not be the action hero like her little sister, but she has her own bag tricks, even if they came at a steep price. No one really knew it, but for years she was trapped in a deeply unhappy marriage. Her husband was essentially this mad scientist who experimented on her against her will, injecting her with nanotechnology that altered her brain structure and endowed her with the ability to intercept communications. This secret made Bianca a very powerful intelligence gatherer, but her health and life was never the same again, and following the death of her husband, she vowed she would never remarry. Nevertheless, Bianca finds it impossible to deny an attraction to Ian Bishop, the head of security for House von Hasenberg, even though the two of them share a complicated romantic past. But then one day, following an attack, Bianca’s eldest bother and their house’s heir is taken by mysterious kidnappers, sending the entire place into lockdown mode. Knowing that she alone has the unique capabilities to get her brother back, Bianca defies orders and embarks upon a rescue mission to go find him. In response to her disobedience, her father sends Ian on her trail to stop her and bring her home. Bianca, however, believes that she and the security director would make a great team, if only she can look past their history and convince him that working together will mean a greater chance at saving her brother. You’d think given the background details of her history and all that her character has gone through, Bianca would be a very different protagonist than her sister Ada, but the are actually very similar in the ways that count. Yes, while Bianca is more of a thinker than a fighter, she can still certainly crack a few skulls when the situation calls for it. And of course, as evidenced by her inclinations to break rules and take off on her own, Bianca also has the same rebel spirit as her sister. While I appreciated that her weariness and trauma had to be downplayed in order to make her character come across as stronger in this book, I think I would have liked to see them factored into her emotional depth. Anyway, I don’t want to make it sound like the two characters are the same because they’re not, but I confess I had hoped for a little more to set Bianca and Ada’s personalities and voices apart, especially since there could have been so many possible directions to take Bianca’s spymistress/master hacker/ information broker persona, which would have been way more interesting. I guess it also didn’t help that like Ada, Bianca ends up falling for a man who’s kind of an asshole. Like Loch, Ian is on the possessive and domineering side, but because he lacks the former’s swagger and sheer force of personality, the way he comes across is much less appealing, if that makes sense. Something about Ian just did not sit right with me, and I didn’t feel like he had as much chemistry with Bianca as Ada did with Loch. To be fair though, we know relatively less about Ian in this book, since he is kept at a distance for so much of the story, and we don’t even get know the true extent of his feeling for Bianca until close to the end, at which point the romance gets dialed up from 1 to 10 in like no time flat. Don’t get me wrong, I love a slow-burn romance as much as the next reader, but I have to say the payoff here was slightly lacking, and I suspect the reason for this is because we were never given a chance to really know Ian. But at the end of the day, I suppose what I’m trying to get at here is that in many ways, Aurora Blazing feels like a retread of a lot of the ideas in Polaris Rising (and from countless other romance novels, if I’m to be honest). That’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially if you enjoyed the first book. In fact, if you did, you’re pretty much guaranteed to like this sequel, which I did too, despite my gripes. My only criticisms stem from mainly two things: 1) the fact that Ian was not as great as Loch, and 2) the story had less action, and while things could have improved with the addition of more intrigue, instead the pacing just felt slower overall. Everything else—like the lighter world-building elements or the flimsier aspects of the plot—I didn’t mind at all, as it’s all sort of a given when it comes to a book like this that makes no claims to be anything but a romance first and foremost, and a sci-fi novel second. It’s why I picked it up, after all. To sum up, I had a good time with Aurora Blazing, despite it being not as strong as the first book. But like I said, every once in a while it’s great to kick back with a book like this—an unapologetic and deliciously self-indulgent romance whose only aim is delivering a fun sexy read. I look forward to Jessie Mihalik’s next book in the Consortium Rebellion sequence, which I hear will focus on the third sister in the House von Hasenberg clan, Catarina.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bambi Unbridled

    4 stars / 2 flames. Review in progress.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Melliane

    Mon avis en Français My English review I had a very good time with the first volume and I was really curious to discover the story of Bianca and Ian. No one really knows it, but Bianca is not the same since her late husband experimented on her. Since then, she has been protecting her own and those she can help with the information obtained from her network. But when she is attacked and her brother disappears, she knows that she will do everything in her power to find him. And even when her father Mon avis en Français My English review I had a very good time with the first volume and I was really curious to discover the story of Bianca and Ian. No one really knows it, but Bianca is not the same since her late husband experimented on her. Since then, she has been protecting her own and those she can help with the information obtained from her network. But when she is attacked and her brother disappears, she knows that she will do everything in her power to find him. And even when her father does everything to prevent her from leaving the family home, offering a certain amount to the one who could bring her in, she doesn’t change her mind. But here it is, the head of security at her House is also after her. This man who broke her heart and makes her as angry as she is attracted to him. I had a good time with Bianca again. I loved discovering her story and seeing who she really was. This life and its consequences are really not easy for her, but she tries to do the best she can. We also see a little more about her brothers and sisters about whom I am curious to learn more. The author offers us a story full of action and plots that only our two heroes can thwart. It will not be easy, but they will have to trust each other and perhaps they will realize that there is something stronger between them. A very good second volume!

  12. 5 out of 5

    nick

    This series is turning out to be excellent! I can't wait for book 3!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)

    Picking up shortly after the conclusion of the first title in the Consortium Rebellion series, Aurora Blazing gives listeners Bianca von Hasenberg’s story. I already liked Bianca in the first book, but I became immediately intrigued by what we learn in the first chapter. First - we already knew she had a short and unhappy marriage. What we find out is that her deceased husband, a brilliant scientist, experimented on her. Her nanobots and brain can pick up and decode transmissions and signals, Picking up shortly after the conclusion of the first title in the Consortium Rebellion series, Aurora Blazing gives listeners Bianca von Hasenberg’s story. I already liked Bianca in the first book, but I became immediately intrigued by what we learn in the first chapter. First - we already knew she had a short and unhappy marriage. What we find out is that her deceased husband, a brilliant scientist, experimented on her. Her nanobots and brain can pick up and decode transmissions and signals, something no one else knows. Second - she helps girls and women, secretly saving them from destructive or abusive situations. She and House von Hasenberg’s director of security, Ian Bishop, have a past. He was her personal body guard, and when they were younger, she “made her interest known” but he brushed her off, and she can’t ever forget the humiliation. When her eldest brother, the von Hasenberg heir Ferdinand, is kidnapped and someone tries to kill her, Bianca decides to break away from her home to save her beloved brother. With Ian on her heels, she must outsmart and outmaneuver him or risk being sent home. Aurora Blazing is a fantastic adventure from beginning to end! I loved watching Bianca piece together various intel and follow the deeply hidden bread crumbs on the trail to Ferdinand. At times she has to use finesse and others, brut force. She works well on her own, but is her best when she teams up with Ian (and her sister Ada and the gang from the first book). Each trail is filled with danger and excitement, causing me to hold my breath in anticipation or worry. And what I love most is that even though this particular plotline comes to a close by the end of the book, there is still so much left open in the broader story arc. I cannot wait to find out what happens next! The entire Consortium world is fascinating, from the sci-fi tech to the dangerous politics, from the heartfelt romances to the friendships and alliances. While the story is heavy on the action, there is a slow burn romance developing between Bianca and Ian. At times I wish his POV was also included to provide a more balanced picture of the situation. However, knowing how badly Bianca was hurt by her marriage and to some extent, her father, it was difficult to watch her put herself out there for Ian. I’ll admit I sniffled a few times. Ms. Mihalik creates wonderful chemistry and writes heart-felt emotions into her characters. Narration: Aurora Blazing is shared via the first person POV of Bianca. Ms. Zeller gives Bianca a strong, feminine voice, with a hint of underlying weariness, the toll of life under the bombardment of signals and messages. She alters every character’s voice for dialogue, with each having a unique sound. She does a great job keeping each character distinct. Ian’s voice is deeper with an air of superiority, due to his confident nature. The narrator does an amazing job infusing emotion and situational non-speech verbal cues into the story; she isn’t just reading the story, she brings the characters to life. I loved this story and the continuing sage of the Consortium Rebellion. I cannot wait for the next title! My Ratings: Story: A- Narration: A

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    Three and a half stars. This second novel in the Consortium Rebellion series focuses on Ada's sister Bianca von Hasenberg. Formerly married to one of her father's political allies she has returned home after her husband's death. What no-one knows is that her husband was the very definition of mad scientist and implanted nanobots into her brain which enable her to hear electronic transmissions such as messages and decrypt secure files. Now Bianca uses her skills to gather information and to help Three and a half stars. This second novel in the Consortium Rebellion series focuses on Ada's sister Bianca von Hasenberg. Formerly married to one of her father's political allies she has returned home after her husband's death. What no-one knows is that her husband was the very definition of mad scientist and implanted nanobots into her brain which enable her to hear electronic transmissions such as messages and decrypt secure files. Now Bianca uses her skills to gather information and to help other unfortunate woman who are being forced into arranged marriages. Bianca loves to torment her father's head of security, Ian Bishop and uses her special skills to feed him information anonymously, although she also fed him misinformation when he was trying to track down Ada. Then in one night there is an attempt to assassinate Ada and her oldest brother is kidnapped. Bianca will need to pull on all her resources to rescue her brother before his disappearance escalates the war between House von Hasenberg and House Rockhurst. I really enjoyed this second book in the series but it wasn't without its faults. It felt more of a romance than the first book and there seemed to be constant descriptions of what Bianca and her team were wearing - I get it when they are attending a masked ball but just day-to-day clothing? Nah, not necessary. Also, despite the very different scenario and the promising start, I felt there were too many similarities with the first novel(view spoiler)[: the bounty on Bianca's head; the run-in with Richard; the big showdown on NAD Seven (versus NAD Six in book 1); Ian being a Genesis Project soldier (hide spoiler)] . Overall, a fast-paced sci-fi, romance with a heroine with special powers and a super-human hero. I definitely want to continue reading the series - which sibling will be next?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    4.5 stars

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    As the oldest daughter of House von Hasenberg Bianca did her duty and married a man she didn't love to help her father build political alliances. It wasn't a happy marriage, especially since her husband was a mad scientist who liked to experiment on her, so after she is unexpectedly widowed Bianca vows to never marry again. Instead she uses her newfound independence, and her own secret network of spies, to help other women trapped in difficult situations. When the House is attacked and her oldest As the oldest daughter of House von Hasenberg Bianca did her duty and married a man she didn't love to help her father build political alliances. It wasn't a happy marriage, especially since her husband was a mad scientist who liked to experiment on her, so after she is unexpectedly widowed Bianca vows to never marry again. Instead she uses her newfound independence, and her own secret network of spies, to help other women trapped in difficult situations. When the House is attacked and her oldest brother Ferdinand is taken prisoner, Bianca decides to put her network to even better use as she sets out to bring him home. Her father sends the House head of security to bring Bianca back home but she will do whatever it takes to convince Ian that the best chance of bringing Ferdinand home alive is by working together to find him. I have to admit I was a little disappointed when I realised that each book in this series was about a different couple just because I liked Ada and Loch so much in the first book and wanted to spend more time with them. The change in narrators ended up working really well though and I found Bianca was just as enjoyable to read about as her sister. Bianca is older than Ada and sees herself as the protector of her siblings, she has always gone along with her father's wishes so that the younger ones don't have to but when Ferdinand is in danger she can't just sit back and let someone else take control of his rescue. She has unique resources that Ian and the rest of the security team don't have access to and nothing is going to stop her from using them. Bianca and Ian have a difficult relationship because they both have feelings for each other that they know they can't act on for various reasons. There is no way her father would ever have approved a match between them but that never stopped Bianca from dreaming, right up until her wedding. Now she has sworn off of relationships but it doesn't make it any easier to hide her attraction to Ian when they're working so closely together. I loved the slow build romance between them and the way Bianca was so brave to open her heart again after being betrayed so badly by her husband. Both Bianca and Ian have plenty of secrets but they're really well matched and I enjoyed watching them work together. This story had just as much action as the first book and we learn a bit more about the rivalry and building war between House von Hassenberg and House Rockhurst. Revelations towards the end of the book left me desperately waiting for the final book in the trilogy, Chaos Reigning, so I'm glad I don't have to wait too much longer to get hold of a copy.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Chanel

    Aurora Blazing sufficiently consumed me. So much so I only got 4 hours of sleep one of the 3 nights it took me to read it. This installment was about Bianca von Hasenberg and can I say, what a badass. Anyway, Bianca is like the black sheep in plain sight of the family. Widowed by questionable circumstances, she leads a very secretive and outwardly cold life. You see, her dead husband experimented on her and it’s had some interesting, lasting but useful effects that come quite handy when her Aurora Blazing sufficiently consumed me. So much so I only got 4 hours of sleep one of the 3 nights it took me to read it. This installment was about Bianca von Hasenberg and can I say, what a badass. Anyway, Bianca is like the black sheep in plain sight of the family. Widowed by questionable circumstances, she leads a very secretive and outwardly cold life. You see, her dead husband experimented on her and it’s had some interesting, lasting but useful effects that come quite handy when her brother is kidnapped and she’s almost assassinated. Ferdinand has been captured and it’s a race against time to get him back before he’s killed. Bianca enlists help with some of her dark web friends and her siblings, including Ada. She is very good at getting the information she needs from just about anyone. She’s gained a reputation for helping people in various ways and in return they help her. When she flees the House her father is furious but so is Ian. He’s her security guard and takes protecting her very seriously. The two of them, have tension but it all has to do with their past. As they become what started out as temporary allies, ends up turning into more as they begin to understand each other a lot more on this mission as well as realize they have quite a bit in common. I absolutely love the plot in this story. As in Polaris Rising, it was built up in a believable way that tugged on all my emotions. I truly felt myself tearing up at a few Bianca and Ian moments because they were so poignant. The only reason I docked a star is because I feel like their eventual intimate scene was rushed It was pretty much almost at the end of the book. I also feel like I’m walking away with a lot more questions such as Ian’s deeper involvement with the Genesis Project and the side story about Yuko and her daughter assuming the next book isn’t about Bianca as well. There were also a fair bit of typos which I don’t remember seeing so much in the first book. Overall, a great sequel from Jessie Mihilak and I’m super stoked for the next book in the series!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alex in Spades

    3,5 To the Rescue Stars I really enjoy how the plot of this trilogy is going. This one was an emotional rescue mission going wrong on so many fronts (but with a happy ending). The plot did slow down a bit, and that amount of technical informations, and code breaking lost me a bit in this story. But I loved Bianca's backstory. In Polaris Rising, I just thought she had this icy demeanor, but knowing what happened to her - talk about heartbreak - it really explained a lot. "Despite rumors to the 3,5 To the Rescue Stars I really enjoy how the plot of this trilogy is going. This one was an emotional rescue mission going wrong on so many fronts (but with a happy ending). The plot did slow down a bit, and that amount of technical informations, and code breaking lost me a bit in this story. But I loved Bianca's backstory. In Polaris Rising, I just thought she had this icy demeanor, but knowing what happened to her - talk about heartbreak - it really explained a lot. "Despite rumors to the contrary, I am not a robot. When I trust someone and they break that trust, it stings." Bianca at first glance seemed closed off, and harsh, but after knowing her it all fit, why she acted this way. Also she was amazing at all the tech stuff. And I really liked the she had a different skill set from her sister Ada (seeing some familiar faces from the first book was great). Bianca and Ian's was a hate to love (or more both of them thinks the other hates them) story. These two were both stubborn, and hotheaded - so their personalities truly met their match. "We don't have to fight. If we worked together, we'd be unstoppable. But you have to trust me to be able to do what I say I can." I really enjoyed their relationship - it was a slow burn - they built their trust, and partnership pretty slowly, and it just seemed to flow in a very natural way for these two characters. Yes ther was a lot of attraction between them, but they were both very reserved from the start, and it was understandable - they both had their reasons. Now I can't wait for the conclusion, and Catarina's story.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Saly

    The first book in this series really left an impression on me but sadly this one wasn't as good. The star of this entire book is Bianca. A house marriage left her shattered and with unseen scars but she presents a good facade. I really admired Bianca, she was pretty kick-ass despite what she had been through and was going through. The plot in this moves at a good pace, and focuses on the strong bonds between the siblings. However, the weakness here is the romance, which is a let-down. We met Ian The first book in this series really left an impression on me but sadly this one wasn't as good. The star of this entire book is Bianca. A house marriage left her shattered and with unseen scars but she presents a good facade. I really admired Bianca, she was pretty kick-ass despite what she had been through and was going through. The plot in this moves at a good pace, and focuses on the strong bonds between the siblings. However, the weakness here is the romance, which is a let-down. We met Ian in the last book, he is Director of Security for their House. I did not buy the connection between them and he remains an enigma. I would have been fine with Bianca choosing to be on her own at the end, walking away from all the horrid House rules and politics.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kara-karina

    Aurora Blazing has a different vibe to Polaris Rising which is why I didn't rate it as high. It's about Ava's older sister and starts pretty slow because her persona and way of doing things is a polar opposite to her younger sibling. She keeps a facade of a typical society princess, spoiled and pampered, but the truth is way more complicated than that. Bianca's emotions are tightly controlled, and it takes her longer to lose her cool. In that regard, both her and the main hero are suited to each Aurora Blazing has a different vibe to Polaris Rising which is why I didn't rate it as high. It's about Ava's older sister and starts pretty slow because her persona and way of doing things is a polar opposite to her younger sibling. She keeps a facade of a typical society princess, spoiled and pampered, but the truth is way more complicated than that. Bianca's emotions are tightly controlled, and it takes her longer to lose her cool. In that regard, both her and the main hero are suited to each other perfectly. It's still a very tight plot and a great overall story arc, which I very much enjoyed. Fewer fireworks, but still recommended, peeps. Can't wait for book three! * * * "Аврора Горит" по сравнению с Полярисом в яркости конечно проигрывает, поэтому оценку я ей занизила. Однако, книга эта по своему хороша. Главная героиня - Бианка, очень сильно отличается от своей младшей сестры, Авы. Она прячется под фасадом высокомерной, испорченной светской принцессы пока управляет большой шпионской сетью и пытается контролировать свои собственные способности. Она очень сдержанна эмоционально, поэтому главный герой в этом плане ей очень подходит. Книга эта набирает темп медленно, однако сюжет и главная его линия здесь развиты очень качественно и заставили меня автоматом попытаться заранее заказать следующую книгу серии. Короче, феерверков хоть и меньше, читается все равно прекрасно. Опять, рекомендую. Особенно фанатам Илоны Эндрюс.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Karina Webster

    I very much enjoyed the first book in this series, it is one of my favourite books of the year. This one was still super fun and enjoyable, but i prefer book 1. Although Ian is very yummy & i did enjoy Bianca’s history and storyline. Definitely an author i’ll keep reading and it’s been great to read some enjoyable sci-fi romance.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rike @ RikeRandom

    This was surprisingly good, 3-4 stars! Unlike the Polaris Rising, Aurora Blazing actually had a heroine that wasn’t just driven by her libido. Sure, romance was still a main part of the plot but it was a lot more balanced with the action part. Bianca was a pretty great heroine, dealing with trauma and fighting not only for herself - I would have loved to get to know more about her network. Ian was meh, but waaaaay less creepy than Marcus. There was still a ridiculous amount of white skinned, This was surprisingly good, 3-4 stars! Unlike the Polaris Rising, Aurora Blazing actually had a heroine that wasn’t just driven by her libido. Sure, romance was still a main part of the plot but it was a lot more balanced with the action part. Bianca was a pretty great heroine, dealing with trauma and fighting not only for herself - I would have loved to get to know more about her network. Ian was meh, but waaaaay less creepy than Marcus. There was still a ridiculous amount of white skinned, blue eyed and blond people around but there also seemed to be more variation to that color scheme. Over all, and to my great surprise, I actually enjoyed Aurora Blazing quite a lot 😄

  23. 4 out of 5

    aarya

    DNF at 26%. I feel bad that this series isn’t working for me. Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    I fell in love with the first book in the series, so I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to get the second… AND, Aurora Blazing was everything I wanted and more. Bianca is part of an intergalactic “house”, known for its ruthlessness and power. When Bianca discovers her brother is missing, she goes against her father’s wishes to find her brother. Her father sends Ian to stop her and bring her home, but she convenience Ian to help her find her brother. Sending them into an amazing adventure and I fell in love with the first book in the series, so I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to get the second… AND, Aurora Blazing was everything I wanted and more. Bianca is part of an intergalactic “house”, known for its ruthlessness and power. When Bianca discovers her brother is missing, she goes against her father’s wishes to find her brother. Her father sends Ian to stop her and bring her home, but she convenience Ian to help her find her brother. Sending them into an amazing adventure and directly into enemy hands. I have to say that I love how, despite their father, the children of the von Hasenberg family stick together, protect each other, and despite the odds are finding happiness on their own terms. A romance that crosses the universe, a family that sticks together contrary to the conniving father that has shown in the past that he would destroy one heir or spare for the sake of his own agenda…he has others… Cleverly written with amazing world building, Aurora Blazing was my kind of perfect space adventure. Filled with action, adventure, scifi and romance, Aurora Blazing spectacularly blends most of my favorite genres. I received this ARC copy of Aurora Blazing from HarperCollins. This is my honest and voluntary review. Aurora Blazing is set for publication October 1, 2019. My Rating: 5 stars Written by: Jessie Mihalik Series: The Consortium Rebellion (Book 2) Paperback: 400 pages Publisher: Harper Voyager (October 1, 2019) ISBN-10: 0062802410 ISBN-13: 978-0062802415 Genre: Space opera | Romance | Action | Adventure Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Aurora-Blazing... Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/auro... Itunes: https://books.apple.com/us/book/auror...

  25. 4 out of 5

    b.andherbooks

    CW: heroine was tortured and experimented on by her ex-husband (off page), violence including futuristic weapons, gory medical details, miscarriage (off page). A Space Princess finally free of her abusive ex-husband who experimented on her uses her unwanted skills to help find her kidnapped brother, causing her bodyguard extreme consternation. Along the way she comes in to her strengths and finds out the very bodyguard who rejected her all those years ago has been in love with her, forever. Super CW: heroine was tortured and experimented on by her ex-husband (off page), violence including futuristic weapons, gory medical details, miscarriage (off page). A Space Princess finally free of her abusive ex-husband who experimented on her uses her unwanted skills to help find her kidnapped brother, causing her bodyguard extreme consternation. Along the way she comes in to her strengths and finds out the very bodyguard who rejected her all those years ago has been in love with her, forever. Super delicious slow burn space opera, I adored the world building, the action, and the concept of a strong princess who isn't necessarily physically strong, but who uses everything she has to fight for her family. Told in 1st POV, I really wanted Ian's POV as his motivations are very unclear for a long time and I would love to see things from his perspective. But, this is truly Bianca's story and she is the star and you'll love her. If you like romantic suspense, this is a perfect jump into Sci-Fi romance because it has all the best elements of suspense plus the science fiction elements. I was kept on the edge of my seat as Biana, Ian and the rest of their friends and family (hello Ada Loch) try to find Ferdinand. Spoilery comments and CWs below: I LOVE when wounded characters have to heal together, and the scene in the medical tank was exceptionally tension building. Proper use of an aphrodisiac and lingering touches. It takes so long for these two doofs to kiss but it was real worth the wait. CW: heroine was tortured and experimented on by her ex-husband (off page), violence including futuristic weapons, gory medical details, miscarriage (off page).

  26. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    I was late to work because I couldn't get out of bed until I'd finished this book. it was that good. I'm completely in love with this world and I want more of it. MORE OF IT!

  27. 5 out of 5

    WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker

    3.7 stars I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Lady Bianca von Hasenberg still emotionally and physically deals with the trauma her first marriage caused. Now a widow, she works to help other girls and women through her network of spies and her technological skills. When her brother Ferdinand and the von Hasenberg heir disappears, she won't be patted on the head and told to stay home by her father 3.7 stars I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Lady Bianca von Hasenberg still emotionally and physically deals with the trauma her first marriage caused. Now a widow, she works to help other girls and women through her network of spies and her technological skills. When her brother Ferdinand and the von Hasenberg heir disappears, she won't be patted on the head and told to stay home by her father or their Director of Security, Ian Bishop. Ian shut down Bianca's flirting when he was her bodyguard and even now as the Director of Security, he still doesn't think he is worthy of her, but he can't stop his protective feelings for her. Bianca manages to get information he needs and she won't take no for an answer when it comes to rescuing her brother. Ian needs to rescue the heir, keep his own secrets, and never let Bianca know how deep his feelings really go. Softly, he asked, “Why do you have to fight me on everything?” Second in the Consortium Rebellion series, Aurora Blazing stars Bianca von Hasenberg, the sister of the heroine from the first book, Polaris Rising. The first book gave us glimpses of Bianca as she helped her sister and a few glimpses at the tension between Bianca and the Director of Security Ian Bishop. The author makes good on the tension and slow burn she hinted at in the first. Polaris Rising was a debut and one of the complaints I had was about the story needing a lot of fat trimmed, Aurora Blazing had none of those problems, the author did a great job shoring up the story and fulfilling on the promise I found in the first. The Consortium series, so far, follows two main characters threads, one has readers following one of the three major ruling houses, the von Hasenbergs. Aurora Blazing is told solely from Bianca von Hasenbergs' point of view. The second is about soldiers that were part of the Genesis Project (soldiers who were experimented on to create “super” soldiers), Ian Bishop is hinted at being tied into that. These two threads are swirled into plot threads that involve the three ruling houses conspiring, maneuvering, and possibly going to war with each other for power and resources. This creates a fun, absorbing, and intriguing space opera/scifi ride. “I promise I won’t ever use any of your secrets against you,” I said quietly. As I mentioned, the romance is a slow burn, as in you won't see the (soft) snap in the fraying rope between these two until around 50%; the space opera aspect controls more of the attention in this series with the romance being more of a very important secondary character. I loved the dynamic and tension between Bianca and Ian, I could feel the emotion bubbling underneath. For the most part, I enjoyed how the author didn't blatantly spell out Ian's emotions but towards the end of the story, when we're supposed to get the big payoff, I felt like things were rushed. The ending sex scenes also felt out of place, they felt graphic and jarring placed at the end because the preceding 90% of story had a different tone between the couple. His gaze was scorching, his eyes hot with desire. “We are not done,” he said, his voice a low command. Without Ian's point of view and more of a look into his background, I found Bianca to be the stronger of the two characters. Learning about her first marriage and how her health issues causes her to lie to her family, thus isolating her even further, was heartbreaking. It was immensely satisfying to watch her not gain emotional and mental strength from what was done to her but instead use the strength that she already had but had been a bit too young to mature to. The times she refused to back down because she knew she had the skills and know-how to get the information quicker than Ian made me cheer for her even harder. I was engrossed in the first half of this story and while I was locked into the space opera plots, the romance was too rushed for a satisfying payoff. I would love if Bianca and Ian got a second book as I think their story definitely supports it and the series would benefit from it. I don't know if it is due to the first person pov structure but there were at times I felt like I was only getting half the story on some things, scenes felt left out, and more background was needed. Overall, though, I found this an amazing continuation of the series and the author has dangled threads (the leak in the von Hasenberg house, the war between the three houses, and Ferdinand and his romance with the daughter of an enemy house) that I'm fully on board and can't wait for the next in the series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Marzie

    3.5 Stars Author Jessie Mihalik's sequel to her popular Polaris Rising follows the story of Polaris's protagonist's sister, Lady Biana von Hasenberg, who has been recently widowed. (Fans of Ada will be glad to know that she does appear in the novel, though she and Loch are on the borders of this story.) Bianca has been keeping a lot of secrets from her family about her dreadful deceased husband, Gregory, who has... um, modified her. (He was basically a mad scientist.) In the Consortium world, 3.5 Stars Author Jessie Mihalik's sequel to her popular Polaris Rising follows the story of Polaris's protagonist's sister, Lady Biana von Hasenberg, who has been recently widowed. (Fans of Ada will be glad to know that she does appear in the novel, though she and Loch are on the borders of this story.) Bianca has been keeping a lot of secrets from her family about her dreadful deceased husband, Gregory, who has... um, modified her. (He was basically a mad scientist.) In the Consortium world, though women from powerful families retain their power, they are little more than chattel in the hands of an unscrupulous husband and Bianca has paid a heavy price for this fact. Now widowed, back at home with the von Hasenberg family, and with her House being on the brink of war with House Rockhurst (over some of the events from Polaris Rising) Bianca is attacked and her brother Ferdinand is kidnapped. She breaks out of her father's security stranglehold to try to find and rescue her brother and is saddled with Ian Bishop, the young man who heads her father's security. With a background as shadowy as Marcus Loch, and as Bianca's entire marriage was, all Bianca knows is that Ian is quite handsome, and getting on her very last nerve as he tracks her all over the Universe as she tries to get Ferdinand back. I found this book a little less satisfying than its predecessor in part because I didn't quite feel Bianca's trauma issues blended well with Ian's often cutting high-handedness and I felt that it was too similar in its template to the first novel. While I could see Ada's growing attraction to Loch, who also isn't exactly what he seems to be, the relationship between Bianca and Ian just didn't work as well for me and I can't seem to articulate why. I also think I missed Loch's brio a bit, since Ian is not as colorful a character. And I don't understand why Bianca's father would ever have allowed her to marry and leave to join another house if she is really the best hacker in the universe, among other things. I need more about Albrecht von Hasenberg in order to understand how such a vile man and father would risk a power match that might lose him an asset like Bianca. Because he really almost lost her. Perhaps he's too sexist to realize her value, though her training implies otherwise. The next von Hasenberg sibling to rebel is evidently Catalina, the youngest, in the as-yet unnamed third and concluding novel in the Consortium Rebellion trilogy. She will be rebelling with Jonathan, introduced in this book along with his adopted sister Aoife. I must confess I think it would be way cool to have a von Hasenberg daughter who rebelled without a man's assistance, just for the sake of rebellion. Ada started out that way, which might be part of why I liked her so much. In any case, I also wish the brothers would rebel. Just for the equity of it. Albrecht sounds like he totally deserves it. I received a Digital Review Copy and paper review copy of this book from Harper Voyager in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lubnaa (Romance Library)

    I received an ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Aurora Blazing is the second book in Jessie Mihalik’s kickass Consortium Rebellion series. It can be read as a standalone, but I think it’ll definitely be easier for the reader to adapt to this world if they’ve read the previous book. While I enjoyed the romance in Aurora Blazing, my preference lies with Polaris Rising, the first book in the series because Polaris Rising had a more equal balance of romance and action. There are I received an ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Aurora Blazing is the second book in Jessie Mihalik’s kickass Consortium Rebellion series. It can be read as a standalone, but I think it’ll definitely be easier for the reader to adapt to this world if they’ve read the previous book. While I enjoyed the romance in Aurora Blazing, my preference lies with Polaris Rising, the first book in the series because Polaris Rising had a more equal balance of romance and action. There are some pretty great romance tropes in play here: second chance romance, bodyguard romance, enemies to lovers, and stuffy hero. The romance itself was a delicious slow burn, but unfortunately, it is secondary to the overarching plot. Honestly, I don’t always mind if the plot and action sometimes take precedence over the romance, but the plot here just wasn’t…interesting. The story started off really well with the cat and mouse game between Ian and Bianca, but it eventually goes downhill and starts moving at a really slow pace. The book is also overly packed with details on hacking and a bunch of detailed techy Sci-Fi nonsense that I honestly couldn’t care less about. I really don’t need every single detail on Bianca’s hacking techniques, etc. The minutest details got so redundant and quite frankly, annoying. I’m not saying I don’t want any details, but the level of detailing here just overwhelmed me and made me skim through a bunch of pages. Moreover, the actions scenes were so long and convoluted. The action scenes kept going on and on and it felt like they were never going to end! It was all too much. I honestly couldn’t keep up, nor did I want to keep up. I never had any issue keeping up in Polaris Rising, but I think it’s because Polaris Rising had a more equal balance of action and romance. The slow burn romance in Aurora Blazing is literally the only thing that I enjoyed here. It is quite disappointing that we never got Ian’s POV because I really wanted to know when exactly he realized he was in love with Bianca. In terms of the plot, it only really picks up toward the very end, but there are still some loose ends that have yet to be resolved. I think these loose ends will play into the final book in the trilogy, Catarina’s book. So, to summarize: I loved the slow burn romance, but the slow-paced plot was not my cup of tea. I really hope that the next book is much better.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kerry

    Lots of fun and adventure. I think I liked Polaris Rising more, but only by a little bit. A good balance of SF, space opera and romance.

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