First off, if you haven’t read my review for Kris Longknife: Audacious, I recommend you do so, as I sort of summed up most of what the series is about in that post. It was from December 29th, 2008 Book Review post.
Okay, so this is book 6 in the series about a rich young woman who pulled her way out of a bottle after some really bad things happened to her and her family, and she dove into being a Marine in her planet’s space navy. She’s a LT in the space navy at this point in the series, and she’s out on the rim of space a space ship of her own along with a crew of ‘look like they are pirates’, a platoon of Marines, a passel of scientists, her lady’s maid and a twelve-year-old girl…. trolling for real pirates and on a mission of ‘exploration’.
Well, it turns out that in exploring where no one else is supposed to have gone before, there’s an awful lot of already settled worlds, ‘Sooner Colonies’, out here. And the pirates are preying upon the merchants that risk it all to supply these ‘unauthorized’ colonies. Just what Kris is looking for…
In the course of her travels in this book, Kris encounters forgotten fanatics that prefer to be forgotten, an old former captain of hers hired to do ‘bad things’, and once more encounters the woman who, in the prior book, was trying to kill her… who is now an Ensign under the captaincy of an ‘old friend’. It’s a Small Universe these days, and where ‘those damn Longknifes’ are concerned, no one is truly safe… especially if they are trying to hurt and profit off of those that can’t defend themselves!
This book in the series is really, really good. It contains moral dilemmas, adventure, and a lot of doing the right thing and having to live with the bad that sometimes comes with doing those right things. There’s a lot of character growth for our Kris and her computer, Nelly. And there’s also a turn for the good from an unexpected direction! All that makes a Kris Longknife novel good is in this book. I plowed through it really fast and am strongly looking forward to the next one Kris Longknife: Undaunted when it comes out late this year.
My next book will be Dragon Wytch by Yasmine Galenorn. However, I am not in as strong of a reading mood, so it might take a while before I finish it.
Thanks for reading…