SciFi Book Review: Embers of War

Embers of War by Gareth L. Powell

Synopsis:
The sentient warship Trouble Dog was built for violence, yet following a brutal war, she is disgusted by her role in a genocide. Stripped of her weaponry and seeking to atone, she joins the House of Reclamation, an organisation dedicated to rescuing ships in distress. When a civilian ship goes missing in a disputed system, Trouble Dog and her new crew of loners, captained by Sal Konstanz, are sent on a rescue mission.

Meanwhile, light years away, intelligence officer Ashton Childe is tasked with locating the poet, Ona Sudak, who was aboard the missing spaceship. What Childe doesn’t know is that Sudak is not the person she appears to be. A straightforward rescue turns into something far more dangerous, as Trouble Dog, Konstanz and Childe find themselves at the centre of a conflict that could engulf the entire galaxy. If she is to save her crew, Trouble Dog is going to have to remember how to fight…

Review:
The Trouble Dog and her small crew are sent to rescue the poet Ona Sudak on a war-torn planet. But Ona isn’t just a poet. And The Trouble Dog is mysteriously warned away from the mission.

Embers of War is an exciting, science fiction space opera. The human-like, sentient Trouble Dog spaceship is a memorable character, both brilliant and sympathetic. This action-packed, adventure has plenty of drama, suspense, and intrigue. With colorful characters and an unpredictable plot, I thoroughly enjoyed this start of a fun, new trilogy.

Box Review: TeeBlox – February 2018

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Star Wars Shirt – This is a fun cartoon design on a charcoal gray shirt. It’s a nice material that I’ll enjoy wearing.

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Star Wars Stickers – These were fun filler that matched the Star Wars theme.

Summary: I was happy to see a gray shirt instead of black again. The color and quality is great!

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Fantasy Book Review: The Traitor’s Game

The Traitor’s Game by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Synopsis:
Nothing is as it seems in the kingdom of Antora. Kestra Dallisor has spent three years in exile in the Lava Fields, but that won’t stop her from being drawn back into her father’s palace politics. He’s the right hand man of the cruel king, Lord Endrick, which makes Kestra a valuable bargaining chip. A group of rebels knows this all too well — and they snatch Kestra from her carriage as she reluctantly travels home.

The kidnappers want her to retrieve the lost Olden Blade, the only object that can destroy the immortal king, but Kestra is not the obedient captive they expected. Simon, one of her kidnappers, will have his hands full as Kestra tries to foil their plot, by force, cunning, or any means necessary. As motives shift and secrets emerge, both will have to decide what — and who — it is they’re fighting for.

Review:
After three years in exile, Kestra is abducted by a group of rebels. She is forced to find and bring back a legendary blade that may not even exist. But Kestra must go along with her orders or her guard and handmaiden may suffer. As Kestra learns more about the Olden Blade and her own heritage, everything comes into question.

The Traitor’s Game is the first in a new YA fantasy series. Kestra is a strong female protagonist – likable, savvy, and definitely not a damsel in distress. There is a complex love interest with a conflicted captor. Full of drama, intrigue, suspense, mystery, and a bit of magic – this is a promising start to a must-read series. The story has many unpredictable twists along the way to an ending that made me eager for the next installment.

Received in February

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received last month for review and/or giveaways:

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox
Bam Box

Amazon Press / 47North:
Secondborn by Amy A. Bartol
Traitor Born by Amy A. Bartol

BBC Books:
Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet by Douglas Adams
Doctor Who: Who-ology Regenerated Edition by Cavan Scott

Daw:
Lady Henterman’s Wardrobe by Marshall Ryan Maresca

Del Rey:
Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins

Disney Hyperion / Free Form / Marvel:
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan
Star Wars: The Last Jedi Cobalt Squadron by Elizabeth Wein
Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi The Legends of Luke Skywalker by Ken Liu
City of Bastards by Andrew Shvarts
Ship It by Britta Lundin
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: 2 Fuzzy, 2 Furious by Shannon Hale
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Dean Hale
A Wrinkle in Time: A Guide to the Universe by Kari Sutherland

Gallery Books:
Star Trek: Discovery: Drastic Measures by Dayton Ward

Harper Teen:
The Final Six by Alexandra Monir

Harper Voyager:
Awakened by James S Murray
King of Ashes by Raymond E Feist
The Queen of Sorrow by Sarah Beth Durst
The Poppy War by R. F Kuang
Blood of the Four by Christopher Golden

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt:
The Robots of Gotham by Todd McAulty

Kensington Books / Rebel Base:
A Choice of Crowns by Barb Hendee
Through a Dark Glass by Barb Hendee

Night Shade Books:
The Song of All by Tina LeCount Myers
The Devil and the Deep: Horror Stories of the Sea by Ellen Datlow

Penguin / Putnam:
The Hunger by Alma Katsu

Pyr:
Blade and Bone by Jon Sprunk

Scholastic / Chicken House:
The Fandom by Anna Day
Damselfly by Chandra Prasad

Simon and Schuster / Saga Press:
The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi

St Martin’s Press:
The Coincidence Makers by Yoav Blum
Halcyon by Rio Youers

Subterranean Press:
Blood’s a Rover by Harlan Ellison
Mira’s Last Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold

Titan Comics:
Assassin’s Creed Uprising Volume 2: Inflection Point by Dan Watters

Tor:
Head On by John Scalzi
Good Guys by Steven Brust
If Tomorrow Comes by Nancy Kress
Dayfall by Michael David Ares

Tor Teen / Starscape:
Max’s Story: A Dog’s Purpose Puppy Tale by W. Bruce Cameron
To Right the Wrongs by Sheryl Scarborough
Pacifica by Kristen Simmons

William Morrow:
The Feed by Nick Clark Windo

Book Giveaway: Through a Dark Glass

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