This book was provided to me by the author and I’m so glad that she approached me with her book because I absolutely adored it. I would have never known about this gem otherwise so here I am to enlighten you guys now SO THAT YOU CAN FEEL MY PAIN OF BEING IN A FANDOM ALL BY MYSELF!
Also, just so it’s clear, even though I have received the book by the author for free, my opinion is absolutely honest and is in no way biased. You can trust me on that because I loved this book so much that I bought the second book in this series. Yeah, that’s right, I paid actual money because it’s so good. (And I’m so broke all the time you guys so if I’ve gone ahead and bought a book then it’s a huge commitment on my end)
The plot: The book is set in a future where aliens and humans mingle. There exists a Star Federation, sort of like a space police, that was created after the Adromedan war to ensure peace in the galaxy. And when a star federation officer is assassinated, the Commander named Lance Ashburn and his Arkin -an adorable yet fierce winged creature- Orion, go on the hunt for The Shadow (Lisa), an Alpha class bounty hunter, who is suspected as the assassinator.
He comes really close to catching her, but when they meet, things bigger than catching a bounty hunter surfaces. Something that could plunge the entire galaxy back into war.
Firstly, the writing in this book is a classic sci-fi style that I enjoyed immediately. It had been so long since I had read some pure sci-fi, so this came in like a breath of fresh air. I never felt like I needed to adjust to it. It just immediately latched onto me.
Secondly, the world building is so unique and well done. The vast history and politics was never info-dumped on the reader. I’m really looking forward to reading the next book (It’s already out guys!) because I know there is SO much more yet to be discovered about this world.
Thirdly, the characters were well fleshed out and I can’t wait to read the second book so I can be reunited with them. Lance and his arkin Orion, Lissa and her arkin Blade have such a strong yet different bond. Reading this book made me REALLY want an Arkin for myself. And the characters bounce off of each other so well and not once did they feel out of character.
I did feel at one point in the entire book that the plot felt a bit uneven but the overall experience I had while reading the book simply overrides the minor shortcomings.
If you are a die hard fan of space sci-fi and love intense space wars and good world building then this book is DEFINITELY for you. I wouldn’t recommend it to people who want to start getting into sci-fi because it can be a bit daunting, but if you’re up for the challenge, then hell yeah! Go ahead and pick it up!
You can follow the author on her website: @knsalustro
You can find the artist of that amazing fanart on Deviantart: @Hazumirien
So tell me, have you guys read any intense space science fiction? If yes, then suggest them to me down below and if you’ve read this book then tell me your thoughts about it!
Lots of love and cute furry creatures,