Andromeda’s Fall by William C. Dietz
All her life, Lady Catherine Carletto (Cat) has lived for nothing but the next party, the next lover, the next expensive toy. Until, in a bloodthirsty power grab, Imperial Princess Ophelia and her cadre of synth assassins murder her brother the emperor, and go on to purge the galaxy of his friends and supporters—including Cat’s family. The Carlettos are known to be staunch supporters of the Emperor and Carletto Industries has been in the forefront of his pet project—developing cybernetic technology for use by the masses.
Now Cat, one of the last surviving Carlettos, is on the run. And, like countless others before her, she finds her sanctuary among the most dangerous of society’s misfits. Welcome to the Legion. Cat Carletto vanishes, and in her place stands Legion recruit Andromeda McKee. A woman with a mission – to bring down Empress Ophelia – or die trying.
Cat is a spoiled, rich girl until she suddenly has to go on the run. Yet she’s very smart and resourceful, and her true potential is realized when she joins the Legion. With only her will to live and desire for vengeance guiding her, Cat excels within the Legion. But Cat is never safe since Ophelia’s minions are still searching for her.
Andromeda’s Fall is first in a Legion of the Damned prequel trilogy. And since this is a new standalone series, I haven’t read the original series and didn’t feel like I was missing anything. Military science fiction fans won’t want to miss this one. An exciting plot and engaging characters made this novel impossible to put down. Fast-paced and action-packed with plenty of suspense, intrigue and drama – I couldn’t get enough of Cat’s story. I’ll be impatiently awaiting the next in this promising new series.