Review of KINDLE Ebook Killbox – Book 4 of the Sirantha Jax series by Ann Aguirre


I read and reviewed the first books in this excellent series a while ago – see my review of Grimspace.

Sirantha Jax is a “Jumper,” a woman who possesses the unique genetic makeup needed to navigate faster than light ships through grimspace. With no tolerance for political diplomacy, she quits her ambassador post so she can get back to saving the universe the way she does best—by mouthing off and kicking butt.

I’ve omitted the rest of the blurb as it is rather chatty. It has been far too long since I read the third book in this series, Doubleblind, and my recollections of that story are somewhat hazy, so I was interested to see if I’d flounder at all. I didn’t. Therefore, I would suggest that if you want to crash midway into this series (though I’m not quite sure why you would as the first three books are great reads) this would be a good spot to do so.

Sirantha Jax is an excellent protagonist. Uniquely gifted due to an unusual set of circumstances, with a very colourful past, she is strong-minded and confident to the point of arrogance – which makes a nice change from the plethora of young, uncertain protagonists we often get. That said, she also has her vulnerabilities and the people she deeply cares about – and thanks to the dire situation humanity is now facing, there is good chance none of them will make it. Aguirre depicts the stresses causes by continual combat very well, while the action scenes are well handled with plenty of tension. The stakes steadily rise throughout the book and I found this one difficult to put down as the story drew me in.

There is a strong supporting cast of likeable characters, including Sirantha’s partner and pilot, March, who has telepathic powers and a young Jumper called Angus who she is training. I held my breath throughout the combat scenes, hoping none of my favourites would die, as Aguirre is quite capable of killing off established characters, which is a measure of how much I empathised with the world and its inhabitants.

As for the ending, while it wraps up the current storylines it does leave the situation on a cliff-hanger ending and I am very glad the next book, Aftermath, is already available – and I certainly won’t be leaving it so long before tucking into it.

14 responses »

  1. I haven’t seen this series before but it does sound fun. I have read this author before- Enclave, although I’ve not completed that series for some reason – probably time.
    Lynn 😀

  2. The tagline on the cover is perfect: “She shoots first. And never asks questions.” Your post is timely too as I recently read my first Ann Aguirre book, which was a co-write with Rachel Caine, and was looking to read more of Aguirre’s works. Sounds like this series would be perfect for me.

  3. I’m somewhat ashamed to admit that the first book in this series is STILL on my TBR list. There are simply too many books I want to read… *sighs* I don’t know how you manage to keep up with your stack, Sarah!

      • I got saved from having a similar situation by moving over to the US: I had to give away many physical books, and decided not to buy new ones until I read through all the ones I already have. (I break the rule every now and then, but shhhh! 😉 )

      • Hm. Most people giving that a mention wouldn’t dissuade me, but as you’re the expert – I shall take note!

        And I simply LOATHE packing – on a deeply psychological level… So probably that won’t work, either!

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