This first book in a feminist space opera duology follows seven resistance fighters who will free the galaxy from the ruthless Tholosian Empire — or die trying.
When Eris faked her death, she thought she had left her old life as the heir to the galaxy’s most ruthless empire behind. But her recruitment by the Novantaen Resistance, an organization opposed to the empire’s voracious expansion, throws her right back into the fray.
Eris has been assigned a new mission: to infiltrate a spaceship ferrying deadly cargo and return the intelligence gathered to the Resistance. But her partner for the mission, mechanic and hotshot pilot Cloelia, bears an old grudge against Eris, making an already difficult infiltration even more complicated.
When they find the ship, they discover more than they bargained for: three fugitives with firsthand knowledge of the corrupt empire’s inner workings.
Together, these women possess the knowledge and capabilities to bring the empire to its knees. But the clock is ticking: the new heir to the empire plans to disrupt a peace summit with the only remaining alien empire, ensuring the empire’s continued expansion. If they can find a way to stop him, they will save the galaxy. If they can’t, millions may die.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review
My Rating 3.5 Stars
A Space Opera filled with badass female leads? Yes, yes, a million times yes. Seriously sign me up right the heck now. I have been so hyped for this book for months, and finally having it in my hands on release day was the highlight of that week for me!
There are so many thing to love about this book. It is jam packed with action, world building, character development, espionage, and strategy. The main characters are all incredible strong women in their own ways, and the growth brought to each character was astounding. Additionally, reading as they all came together as a team was incredible.
The plot overall had me intrigued, but this is definitely a book you need to read carefully. If you don’t take the time to ingest each detail, you’ll find yourself confused in later chapters as the world and politics are both incredibly intricate. The world building wasn’t presented in a way that can be considered an info-dump, which was nice! Information was doled out as needed throughout the book.
While there was quite a lot of action, I did find some minor issues with pacing and was able to put this book down for longer periods of time without feeling the overwhelming urge to pick it back up. If you’ve followed my reviews with any regularity, you’ll know that if a book is put-downable for me, I never rate it higher than 4 stars!
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and am definitely interested in seeing where the duology goes! I am so excited to have another book from Elizabeth May, as we haven’t seen anything since her AMAZING debut, The Falconer. Please keep the books and the badass female MCs coming!