A space princess on the run and a notorious outlaw soldier become unlikely allies in this imaginative, sexy space opera adventure—the first in an exciting science fiction trilogy.
In the far distant future, the universe is officially ruled by the Royal Consortium, but the High Councillors, the heads of the three High Houses, wield the true power. As the fifth of six children, Ada von Hasenberg has no authority; her only value to her High House is as a pawn in a political marriage. When her father arranges for her to wed a noble from House Rockhurst, a man she neither wants nor loves, Ada seizes control of her own destiny. The spirited princess flees before the betrothal ceremony and disappears among the stars.
Ada eluded her father’s forces for two years, but now her luck has run out. To ensure she cannot escape again, the fiery princess is thrown into a prison cell with Marcus Loch. Known as the Devil of Fornax Zero, Loch is rumored to have killed his entire chain of command during the Fornax Rebellion, and the Consortium wants his head.
When the ship returning them to Earth is attacked by a battle cruiser from rival House Rockhurst, Ada realizes that if her jilted fiancé captures her, she’ll become a political prisoner and a liability to her House. Her only hope is to strike a deal with the dangerous fugitive: a fortune if he helps her escape.
But when you make a deal with an irresistibly attractive Devil, you may lose more than you bargained for . . .
I’ve never read a space opera before so I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. Polaris Rising was full of adventure, interesting characters, romance, and great world building.
Ada is strong, both mentally and physically, and can certainly fend for herself. She was raised in a cutthroat political family, but is now on the run, avoiding an arranged marriage. She meets Loch, a famous fugitive, and the sparks fly.
I found this a fun read, though there were times it felt slightly repetitive. There was a lot of detail given to the world building, which was occasionally distracting. This is certainly an adventure novel, full of gun fights, kidnappings, daring escapes, and space travel. It’s easy to get into and get lost in.
The characters were good, even if they felt a little stereotypical — this book was more about the relationships and the adventure than the character development.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read and a good escape from reality.
Thank you to Edelweiss+ and Harper Voyager for the review copy of this book.
Today I am happy to introduce author Martha J Allard to my blog.
Hello Martha. Tell us about your book? What is it about?
I’m happy to. Black Light is my first published novel. Here’s the blurb:
Trace Dellon knows exactly what he wants: the white heat of the spotlight. When his band Black Light is offered a record deal, Trace grabs for it. He will do anything to make it.
Bass player Asia Heyes knows what he wants, too. It’s not fame or the adoration of groupies. It’s Trace. It’s always been Trace. Though it’s been unspoken between them, Trace’s other lovers—his audience—push Asia aside.
With the record contract, Albrecht Christian comes into their lives. He has everything but what he needs to live: the energy that runs just under Trace’s skin.
When everything crashes with a bullet, they all learn the truth. Rock and roll, like magic, requires both love and sacrifice.
Today I am interviewing character Sarah Talmaiz from Stan Morris’ novel Sarah’s Spaceship Adventure.
Hello, can you tell us your name and a bit about yourself.
My name is Sarah Talmaiz. I am nineteen years old. I live in the Hoop, a humongous asteroid belt orbiting around the Saif star. I was born on Marl, the inhabited planet in our solar system. I’m a shipmate on a spaceship freighter that travels between Marl and Half Shell, our home, delivering rare ores to Marl, acquiring consumer goods, and selling them at various rocks (asteroids). My job is mostly about cargo. I use a giant two-story lift to pack huge bins on huge racks, and as we approach rocks I pull and sort goods that will be sold at the rock.
Where are you from and what is it like there?
Marl has two main continents and a number of small islands. The continents are fairly close together, separated by a narrow channel. There are twenty-five hours in a day and four-hundred days in a year. The Hoop has more rocks that anyone has counted. The belt lies between the gas giant, Junior, and Marl. Read more
Today I am interviewing Bloxnor from Chad Descoteaux’s sci-fi novel The Inter-Terrestrial. Not that long ago I interviewed Chad (you can find his interview here)
Hello, it’s great to have you here. Can you tell us your name and a bit about yourself. My name is Bloxnor. I am a scientist from the planet Neptune and a senior member of the United Scientists Guild (U.S.G.). We are an interplanetary group of scientists and diplomats that strive to protect those were affected by political conflicts on their home worlds. I am married to my brilliant wife Zi and we have our first child on the way.
Where are you from and what is it like there? I grew up in Kratek, the largest city on Neptune. We moved around a lot because my dad was in the military, so I got to see a lot of the natural beauty of our planet at a young age. What I love about our planet is the way that even the biggest cities are constructed in harmony with the surrounding nature, the gigantic tree-like extensions that both hold our planet together and provide food for our people.
What was it like growing up? What’s the happiest memory from your childhood? My happiest moments from my childhood are from before my father died. Whenever he would have time off from his military duties, we would always do something fun where I learned something about whatever new place we were living at the time. After he died, my mother took me aboard this refugee commune called Phase Six and I spent two years there. Even though I hated it at the time, I met many people who would serve as dear friends and mentors to me later on. So, I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything. Read more