Author: Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings
Source: ARC (Thanks, HQYA!)
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 read the first segment of Zenith back in 2016 when it was going to be released in parts. When I read that segment, I found myself to be very disappointed. Obviously based on that experience, I was a little uncertain on how this book was going to be, but I can say that from the very first chapter, it was already 10 times better than the first part that had come out. It read so much better, there was clearly more development and it was just an all round better first few chapters than what had been released in 2016. Still, despite the fact that it was vastly better than the first part, I was still left feeling unfulfilled by this novel. It essentially felt like it had drawn on multiple plot lines and characters to form one big semi-stereotypical story.
This book has various view points. I’m not that fussy about multiple PoVs anyway but almost every chapter was somebody new and there were some characters that I just wasn’t that fussed about. Mostly, we flicked between Andi and Dex. There wasn’t really any character that I fell in love with if I’m totally honest. Andi’s history and why she had to leave her home started to really annoy me. Andi carries round this huge regret and shame after being shunned out for committing a crime so great that she has to leave. The problem is, this is carried round with Andi all the time, so much that she dances with the dead and all sorts. She’s constantly remembering those she’s killed as the Bloody Baroness, but like, that’s what she does. It’s almost as if the book attempts to make you feel sorry for Andi, but I don’t really. What annoyed me the most is that the accident that Andi was involved in and blamed for, wasn’t even really her fault. Everytime it was brought up after a little while of hearing about it, I wanted to shut the book and put it down.
There were various setting within the galaxy/galaxies that Andi and her crew travel to and that other characters are based in. This offered an interesting look into the world that Sasha and Lindsay have created. The fact that the only thing I can really praise is the galaxy and settings that the authors have created really says something. Everything was average but it was also a combination of stories such as Throne of Glass.
The writing, again, was average. I didn’t have a problem with any of the writing, but I did find that because of the length of the book, the pace did start to drop a little and so my interest began to stoop a bit. It was around 300 pages and I was at a point where I really just wanted to be done with it and could feel myself starting to fall into a slump. I think that this book could probably have been cut down by a few pages if we’d just got rid of some of the viewpoints that we didn’t need.
I’m glad that this book got picked up by a publisher and that with that, this book and story was transformed into something much better. I just have to give it three stars because in all honesty, it was an average book. I thought it was ok and that it most definitely could’ve been cut down. I hope that the second book is much better, but I doubt I will be continuing on with this series.
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