Ooooof. I’ve been sitting on this book review for MONTHS. I don’t even remember when I read this book anymore it’s been so long. Goodness. I was not pressed to send this out. LOL wow.
Also, I forgot to post these yesterday. Here you go.
Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.
That being said… Spoilers ahead.
Seven Devils by Elizabeth May and Laura Lam
Synopsis From The Book
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.
Science Fiction | A – PW |Death and Murder, Depictions of Slavery, Abuse and Neglect | Identity, Connections and Friends
Initial Thoughts Before Reading:
Book club book. The last one for the month and in the book club chat the others were talking about how hard it is for the first 50 pages and you know what? If it’s the sort of world building I love, then this book is going to make me fall in love. I’ve finished a lot of books this month that haven’t made it to the book review category, so let’s hope this one is worth it.
Initial Thoughts After Reading:
Idk how I feel after that. I think imma need a lot more contemplation before I decide if I liked it or not.
The novel begins with Eris comadeering a ship. She is brought back to the headquarters for the resistance. She and a girl named Clo have to sneak on to another ship. They hate each other after a year ago when Eris had to cut off Clo’s leg and Clo found out Eris was the missing heir to the empire they were resisting. As they do their mission, the ship is stolen by three women: Rhea, Nyx, and Ariadne. Rhea was a pleasure woman for the empire. Nyx was a soldier. Ariadne was the voice and lead programmer for the AI system that controls the world.
The five are forced to work together when their escape ship is stolen by the copilot of the ship. They are given a mission to find out what happened to their dead spies. This leads to Eris masquerading as an arms dealer, and Clo and Ariadne making a horrible weapon. Eris talks to her brother and remembers her childhood. They successfully sell the weapon to Damocles, Eris’ brother, and steal information. Following the information, they find out about a rock that can cause a plague. They know they have to stop Damocles from spreading it, so they go back to him and he captures Eris. The others have to flee.
They try to save her, and when they see her next at the false peace treaty signing, she has had her tongue cut out. They can not stop the drugged version of herself, as she releases the horror on the world. They escape with her and her brother paints himself the hero who stopped her. The novel ends with thrum deciding on their team name and knowing that the seven of them left, are going to have to take down the empire alone.
What I Liked:
World Building; Wow. We were just thrown into this world. It took me a full minute to get into the text and to understand the world and the technology. The Empire sounds like a frightening place, but at the same time a very powerful nation.
Eris/Discordia; She was an interesting person. I was fascinated with her story as well as her life up to the main plot of the novel. I would have loved to learn more about her past and training, if I’m honest.
Damocles; this man is terrible. However he’s an entertaining villain so I liked him.
The Crew; Writing this review has been a long time in the coming, so unfortunately I forgot what to say about the other characters. I know I was entertained by them, and liked them. I know I loved Adriane, I do know that lol.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed: