#Sci Fi Month – Review of INDIE Ebook Star Nomad – Book 1 of the Fallen Empire series by Lindsey Buroker #Brainfluffbookreview #StarNomadbookreview

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In honour of Sci Fi Month, I asked Himself for recommendations and this was one series he mentioned – he really is a keeper…

The Alliance has toppled the tyrannical empire. It should be a time for celebration, but not for fighter pilot Captain Alisa Marchenko. After barely surviving a crash in the final battle for freedom, she’s stranded on a dustball of a planet, billions of miles from her young daughter. She has no money or resources, and there are no transports heading to Perun, her former home and the last imperial stronghold. But she has a plan…

I love it that the reason driving our gutsy heroine is a desperate drive to be reunited to her daughter, now living with her sister-in-law. Once more I’m enjoying that it is family relationships pushing the plot forward in this space opera adventure. It immediately made me sympathetic to her mission, especially in that fabulous opening sequence in the feral scrapyard, inhabited by all sorts of nasty critters – including rats the size of small dogs, as well as the more unpleasant two-legged scavengers.

Alisa isn’t alone, though. Her partner is fellow soldier and brilliant engineer, Mica – and next to Alisa, Mica is my favourite sidekick. Her snarky, deadpan take on the world is both funny and insightful – while being unswervingly loyal to Alisa, even though she often doesn’t agree with some of Alisa’s riskier moves. Because one of Alisa’s early decisions in this book is to throw her luck in with the cyber-soldier who has taken up residence in the abandoned spacecraft, where she left it after her mother’s death.

Leonidas, the name the cyber-soldier eventually gives Alisa, was part on a lethal, elite unit who fought for the Empire, against Alisa and the Alliance. He clearly still isn’t happy to have been on the losing side and Alisa regrets having him on board as a passenger. You won’t be shocked to learn that their travel plans don’t work out. The research laboratory where Leonidas wants to be dropped off presents some unexpected, unwelcome surprises and the action was well-handled to the extent that I couldn’t put this one down. I haven’t read anything by Buroker before, but obviously I’ve heard of this prolific writer – and I now know why she is so popular.

I’ve been reading a shedload of sci fi, space opera during the last few weeks, but this one stands out for all the right reasons and I’m very much looking forward to reading the next one in this series. Very highly recommended for those who love good quality, character-led space opera adventure with plenty of humour.
10/10

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15 responses »

  1. I am pretty sure I bought a copy of this one a while ago, but haven’t read it yet. I heard a lot of good thins about this author’s book. I am probably the weird person that thinks a rat the size of a small dog sounds cute. I am glad to hear you enjoyed this one so much. I definitely have to try one of her books soon.

    • Oh yes – this one has it all. Battles, action, politics AND characters who are strong and nuanced with a backstory and plans for the future that drive the narrative forward:))

  2. Oh, this one sounds absolutely WONDERFUL!! Like you, I LOVE that Alisa, in addition to being a gutsy fighter pilot and captain, desperately wants to get back to her daughter! And the addition of Leonidas ensures that there will LOTS of action! (My romantic soul can’t help hoping that the enemy would turn into a lover….sigh….but it doesn’t sound like that will happen. Lol.)

    Space opera certainly has a VERY special appeal! I’m adding this book to my Goodreads shelves right away!! Your blog is CHOCK-FULL of GREAT SF books!!!!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts in another GREAT review!! CHEERS!!! ❤ 🙂

    • Thank you, Maria – this is a series I’m definitely going to be following up. I love the dynamic and Alisa is such an endearing, snappy character. I’m delighted that you are enjoying the Sci Fi Month reads I managed to squeeze in:)).

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