Published by Delacorte Press on March 21st 2017
Series: Kaitan Chronicles #1
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Firefly meets Dune in this action-packed sci-fi adventure about a close-knit, found family of a crew navigating a galaxy of political intrigue and resource-driven power games.
Nev has just joined the crew of the starship Kaitan Heritage as the cargo loader. His captain, Qole, is the youngest-ever person to command her own ship, but she brooks no argument from her crew of orphans, fugitives, and con men. Nev can't resist her, even if her ship is an antique.
As for Nev, he's a prince, in hiding on the ship. He believes Qole holds the key to changing galactic civilization, and when her cooperation proves difficult to obtain, Nev resolves to get her to his home planet by any means necessary.
But before they know it, a rival royal family is after Qole too, and they're more interested in stealing her abilities than in keeping her alive.
Nev's mission to manipulate Qole becomes one to save her, and to survive, she'll have to trust her would-be kidnapper. He may be royalty, but Qole is discovering a deep reservoir of power--and stars have mercy on whoever tries to hurt her ship or her crew.
I seem to be on a sci-fi kick lately, and when I had a chance to read SHADOW RUN, I was excited because I wanted a story filled with adventure and characters I could relate to. SHADOW RUN brings together a hodgepodge crew under Qole, the young, but determined captain of the Kaitan Heritage starship. Simply put, I adored her. And then there is Nev, the Shadow loader who is really someone else (trying hard to not spoil things here). The two of them and their initially mistrustful relationship, which slow burns into something else entirely is one of the things that kept the pages turning for me.
The other thing that kept those pages turning was a very diverse cast. I truly enjoyed all of the characters. The world-building, too, deserves praise because the back stories and the logic of the world really make sense. That’s usually one of my pet peeves in science fiction that things are not always explained or conversely, are over-explained. The initial explanations of Shadow mining were mesmerizing and showcased how closely the crew had to work to accomplish their goals.
SHADOW RUN also had excellent pacing. Adventure stories need to keep up that level of breakneck speed to keep you hooked. Michael and AdriAnne balanced the action scenes with back stories and romance. You know me far too well, and the biggest factor in most books I enjoy is the romance. I would definitely suggest this for readers who enjoyed Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff or Starflight by Melissa Landers. And now I suppose, I should watch Firefly finally, if it’s anything like this story, I know I will like it.
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