Book form: mobi (Kindle) format ebook
Author: Ann Aguirre
Genre: sci-fi/fantasy/romance/space opera
Target audience: adults
(if you haven’t read the previous parts you might be spoiled, it is a series after all, sorry):
Sirantha Jax went AWOL and managed to rearrange the beacons, making the Grimspace quite unrecognizable to anybody but herself. She saved her whole civilization from the invasion of murderous, flesh-eating Morguts but also over 600 innocent people died, stranded in Grimspace because of her intervention. Now she has to undergo a trial for it – and her life might be at stake.
March and Velith are helping her find a good lawyer but ultimately it’s her personal fight to stay sane and to tackle the survivor’s guilt which matters the most. March leaves before the trial begins; he has to look for his orphaned nephew. It is evident he and Jax are growning apart almost despite their best efforts to stay close to each other. After Sirantha’s release she and Velith Il- Nok travel to Gehenna where they say their good-byes to Adele, a friend of both. We get to know more about Vel’s past romance with Adele. After some time of rest Sirantha wants to do something positive to counter-balance all the deaths, caused by her. She has two concrete projects on her mind.
The first one concerns a little Mareq creature called Baby-Z. It was another casualty, killed accidentally by Sirantha, but his DNA sample was preserved. Now it is being cloned in order to return it to its home. The other project concern Loras – a La’hern so a kind of elf who comes from a race which doesn’t have a will of his own anymore due to human intervention. Sirantha promised to help him and now is financing the whole research which might lead to finding a cure for all La’hern.
All nice and good but will it be enough?
What I liked:
This one was truly a character-driven adventure. Yes, you got it right and yes, it is possible; at least Ann Aguirre can make it happen. Almost all her characters are fully-fledged and seem completely alive and still they get plenty of action! Easy? Well, not exactly…
We finally get more information about March, Hit, Adele, Doc and March’s nephew, but most of all Vel. Sirantha’s path from an anti-heroine and a boobs-flashing rebel to a self-aware, courageous, mature woman is very impressive. The best thing is she owes a lot of her newfound dedication and maturity to the strong, loyal bounty hunter, Velith, who looks like a big bug in a chitin body but is one of the best aliens I’ve encountered in sci-fi books – really the more you know about him the more you cherish him. He is wise, supportive, undemanding, able to defend himself, full of good ideas and loyal – could you wish anything more in a prospective partner? So what he isn’t exactly human-handsome?
What’s more, Ann Aguirre is an amazing story teller – she can keep you occupied all the time. She started with this crazy sci-fi Grimspace world but what she really has given us are unforgettable characters, a fantastic, very original vision and a gripping story. It can appeal to lovers of different genres.
The cover: cheeesy…definitely worse than the content, believe me.
If you don’t have anything terribly against this mix of genres do read this series, it is worth it! I just hope the final part will be as good as the frist five!