This is one of my most anticipated book of 2020. I just loved the title, the cover (US, not a big fan of the UK cover…) and the synopsis of the book as it mentions a group of rebels 🙂
This ARC was provided to me by NetGalley in return for an honest review. Thank you.
Seven Devils (#1)
by Laura Lam & Elizabeth May
Seven resistance fighters will free the galaxy from the ruthless 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 really enjoyed this book! I loved the idea, the setting and the characters. Yes, this is not a perfect book but I cant wait to see where this series goes.
The story follows five narrators all for the rebellion to a large galactical empire. We are introduced to CLo and Eris first and follow their relationship with a few dips into the past to figure out why it’s so tense. Then we go on a journey and a mission.
I love the setting and the world. There is not a lot of world-building needed, not as much as in a fantasy book anyway. We are in space, on different planets and different ships. But I enjoyed the slow but detailed build of how the empire and the oracle (IT system) works. Everything essential to understand the world is giver very early, but it’s not info-dumping. The details are giver in flashbacks and when the information is needed. I never felt like I was confused or needed more information. So yeah well done!
There is both magic and science in here. It’s mostly science and the magic bit is related to a race for a specific planet.
The science is related a lot to the coding the mechanics of ships and weapons etc. However, the science is never explained in detail and I only just realised that. I clearly didn’t need it to understand the story. So again well done I didn’t even notice the lack of explanations.
Clo – she is the mechanic with a wide repertoire of swear words and lack of respect for authority 😂 she is awesome! She also lost her leg during a previous mission with Eris and the tension between them are so good! And I like how she keeps referring to her prosthetic leg without it being a constant reminder, but its always there and it affects her life as it should.
Eris – I love her coldness, her lack of emotions and her brutalness, but with a hint of caring. I love how she is so focused on not showing emotions so people can’t tell that she can feel. 😂 Like, she needs to keep her face on so people don’t know she has emotions, but also it’s in her training.
Rhea – she is a former courtesan for the empires next ruler. She is super sweet with a big secret. I felt she was a bit in the back of the story which is a shame. But I hope she will have a bigger role in the next instalment.
Ari – she is the code and the tech genius. She is super young and small and struggles with anxiety, but at the same time is super smart and can really hold her own. I liked her but I don’t feel I know here that well for some reason.
Nyx – She is a former royal assassin and royal guard. She has just been de-programmed (yup, won’t say anything else) and is struggling with remnants of the influence but also enjoying her newly found freedom. She is very protective of Ari and like Eris has a deep lack of emotion.
A female/female romance in here 🙂
Also, a trans side character who I’m guessing will have a bigger role in book 2 🤔 maybe even a point of view.
Very well done. For a jointly written book, I couldn’t tell which part was written by who. Every single chapter felt written by the same person. I have to say tho that I don’t know exactly how they co-wrote this book, but I’m used to two authors two narrators; one character per author. This was not like that. There were 5 narrators and they all felt like they were written by the same person without it feeling monotone. So well done again 🙂
Loved it! But it’s not a perfect one. I’m very much looking forward to the next instalment!
Have you read this? What did you think?