They want a Cortiian to test the waters, and the rebel faction has a very specific commander in mind for the mission – Ilan of Wildcat.
To Ilan, the orders are a convenient pretext. To an ancient feudal culture about to join an intergalactic civilisation, the leaping wildcat and a rider all in black are symbols long foretold - heralding cataclysmic change.
I’ve already admitted to y’all that despite my love of sci fi movies, I’m not a sci fi reader. I generally find the world building in sci fi novels to be more than my short attention span can handle. I prefer more straightforward reads that don’t require 100% of my brainpower to follow. But I made an exception to my normal rules for book 1 in this series, Through the Hostage, and while it didn’t completely convert me into a sci fi reader, it certainly opened my mind to the possibility. And just like book 1, Fighting Shadows and Elemental Affinity didn’t let me down.
The writing mechanics are solid, the world-building is intricate without being overwhelming, and the plot is plenty twisty, but not SO twisty that I couldn’t keep up...blah, blah, blah. All of that is true and contributes to this being a great series, but it’s not what kept me coming back for more.
Khyria is the real star of these books. She’s endlessly fascinating, equal parts tough and vulnerable. She’s relatable, yet still manages to be a character you can look up to. It was a joy to watch her grow and change through the second and third books in the series. The fact that she’s a badass merc and never the damsel in distress just adds to her appeal.
"Modesty is like arsenic: safe only in small doses."
"Mercenaries are a danger to the established rulers.
Long-story-short, sequels are hard to get right. It’s even harder to keep a series going strong after the first two books. There’s TONS of proof of that available for sale on Amazon right now. (I’m looking at you, Laurell K Hamilton). But this is a series that proves it CAN be done. This is a series even non-sci-fi fans can enjoy.
Full disclosure: we received ARCs from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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