Thursday, August 6, 2020

Review - Seven Devils (Seven Devils, #1) by Elizabeth May and Laura Lam

Title: Seven Devils (Seven Devils, #1)
Author: Elizabeth May and Laura Lam
Pages: 449
Publisher: Gollancz
Release Date: 6th August 2020

Blurb from Goodreads:

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.


My Review:

*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Orion Publishing Group and NetGalley*

Eris fought and murdered her way to become the heir of a brutal galactic empire. But then she faked her death and started working for the Novantaen Resistance.

Eris's new mission to slip onboard a spaceship and find out what the cargo is means she will have to work with her former friend Cloelia, who hates Eris with a passion.

When Eris and Clo find three women who want to escape from the empire on the ship, they discover a plot that could lead to the deaths of millions.

Can the women work together to stop the new heir to the empire?

Can they bring themselves to go back to the very empire they just escaped from?

When I heard that Laura Lam and Elizabeth May had co-written a sci-fi book that was pitched as Mad Max in space, I immediately wanted to read it.

I liked all of the main characters, who were all very different people and had been through a lot, but Eris was the one whose chapters I looked forward to the most. She was an intriguing character and, despite all the bad things she had done, I couldn't help but like her because she was trying to be better.

The setting was interesting, as were the concepts in the book such as the One - an AI that the head of the empire used to control the citizens. It was a bit scary how much the One influenced people, and just how deep the programming went.

The villain of the book, Damocles, was Eris's brother and the new heir. He was very easy to hate, especially after a certain thing he does towards the end of the book. Some villains can be quite two-dimensional, but with Damocles I could really feel his motivation.

There was a lot of diversity, which I liked.

The plot was interesting and held my attention. Sometimes longer books can drag for me, but in this case I didn't have any issues with the pacing. While I did guess a few of the plot twists, there were some I didn't see coming.

I enjoyed reading the different points of view and, despite there being quite a lot of them, it didn't feel like there were too many.

I also liked that some of the chapters were set in the past, so we get to find out more about the characters.

The writing style was easy to follow and I didn't feel like there were any info-dumps or times when I had no idea what was going on.

While I wasn't gripped or blown away by the book, I found Seven Devils to be an enjoyable read.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read that I would recommend.

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