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Review of Astray

Nora, the main character is a xeno-archaeologist.  This sounds like a cool job.  Doesn’t it? 

The post-war setting means there is still plenty potential conflicts just waiting to fire up due to disgruntled sore losers.  Add spying, ancient aliens, superpowers and the hunt for scarce resources and you have a story.

A lot of characters and factions make the beginning of this story a little difficult to follow.  But persistence paid off and presented me with a space opera I can sink my teeth into.  Lots of intrigue, sci-fi possibilities and great characters with a hint at a possible romance.

However, it ends quite abruptly.  I should have known as this is not the first Jenny Schwartz book to do this to me.  Don’t pick this book up unless you are prepared to commit to the series.  I think this one has great potential, so if you do commit, it should be a great tale.

I read this book for free via Amazon’s Prime reading program.   My review is my honest opinion.

About Astray by Jenny Schwartz

Nora Devi is a xeno-archaeologist with a complicated past. She has buried more secrets than she’s dug up. Widowed in the recently ended twelve year war between Capitoline and Palantine, she now makes a living as an independent tagger in border space.

Captain Liam Kimani could be credited with ending the latest royal war. Instead, he’s blamed for it. Dirty commoners aren’t meant to lay their hands on royalty.

He has no regrets.

When Liam and his crew of the battlecruiser RC Genghis Khan are exiled to Capitoline’s border they discover that life in unexplored space can be more dangerous than war, and that their best chance of survival lies with a mysterious, elusive tagger.

The only problem is that Nora’s secrets might destroy the precarious stability of the entire Human Sector.



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