I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed slipping back into the world of Sirantha Jax. Sirantha, herself, maybe be absent, but all of the great character development and world building is in full force. In short order, I grew to love Dred, Jael, and the men and women of Perdition as much as I loved Sirantha and her crew. Ann Aguirre is such a talented storyteller. I didn’t want to put this down for a minute.
It’s been decades since the events of Endgame. And this entire time Jael has been in that prison in Ithiss-Tor. If you’re not familiar with the Sirantha books, don’t worry. This holds up fine as a standalone. It may even make you want to read the origin series.
Anyway, Jael has been moved from one prison to another. Now, he has a life sentence on the prison ship Perdition, and he is quickly plucked to join the faction run by the so-called Dread Queen. Dred is smart and charismatic, and she is also a little Psi. She sees potential in Jael –and his strength and cunning quickly bring him into her inner circle.
There is such a wonderful cast of characters, from Jael who is damaged and nearly dead inside, while perfect and essentially unkillable on the outside… to Dred who transforms from a manufactured leader to a true queen to her people. She is strong, yet smart enough to surround herself with others who help her succeed. And the relationship between the two of him hit all the right notes. The supporting players reeled me in too, especially Einar, the giant lieutenant who serves Dred, and Tam, who serves his own interests.
There’s plenty of action: battles, bloodshed, and betrayal. It’s unpredictable and smart. And dark. There is so much hopelessness and destruction of humanity. The other factions of Perdition are almost like something out of a horror movie. Like Silence, Death’s Handmaiden… or the fanatical Priest. This is home to the worst of the worst criminals, after all. And Aguirre never lets us forget it. Yet rays of hope manage to peek through.
I’m so excited to see where the story goes next. The stage is set for a major shakeup. I would definitely recommend this book to sci-fi fans or anyone looking to try something new.
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by Ann Aguirre
Release Date: August 27, 2013