My Rating – 5
Content Warning – Murder, PTSD
Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.
But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder’s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.
Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.
Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.
I love Sasha’s booktube channel and I’ve had Lindsay’s books on my TBR forever, so this was a no-brainer whether or not to pick up. It deals with space pirates like if that alone doesn’t get you I don’t know what will. The premise of the novel sounded so amazing and when I got approved for an e-arc, I screamed like a small child getting candy.
The story revolves around Andi, the captain of the Marauders. She and her crew are known smugglers and thieves. Andi and the Marauders are sent on a high priority mission and things start getting heated. Andi is soon forced to face her past and deal with things she hoped never to have to see or deal with again. You get to see the crew fight battles and come together in horrible situations.
The imagery in this book was really good to me. You could easily picture in your head where the characters were and what they were doing. This book does have a few flashback scenes to things that have happened in Andi’s past, so if that is something that might trigger you in any way I would skip this book as some of the scenes are fairly detailed, especially towards the end of the book as Andi is having to deal with the issues head-on.
The writing in the novel was great as you flip back and forth between multiple main characters. My only issue was how quickly the chapters flipped, some were just a page and boom on to the next chapter. That wasn’t a huge issue for me mostly just really annoying as I thought some could have possibly made longer or combined with other chapters.
This novel kept my attention and was fantastic. Overall I really enjoyed the story and the writing. Towards the ending, I found myself saying WTF and why a bunch just because I never expected that ending, I never saw it coming at all. It was such a fantastic ride with Andi and her crew getting to see their adventures and battles. I can not wait for the second book *excitedly jumps up and down*.
Have you read Zenith? What did you think of it?
**I was provided a free PDF copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All opinions of the novel are my own.