Review of Eclipse the Moon
Eclipse the Moon is a worthy follow up to Hunt the Stars. The overall story arc is about our heroines and heroes doing everything in their power to avoid a return to the war between the Humans and the Valoffs.
To that end, a crew that includes multi-talented people of both species searches for a human traitor who seems to be in the thick of war-instigating activities. Kee, Starlight’s Shadow’s systems engineer, is an expert in digging up data (hacking) and had been spending most of her time looking for the traitor while simultaneously trying to avoid Varro.
Varro is the telepathic Valovian weapons expert that wants nothing to do with Kee, while she is strongly attracted to him. When they both end up on a space station digging for information, sparks will fly. Mix in a first-of-its-kind Human/Valoff collaborative fashion exhibition, an attack and kidnapping of several of the exhibition personalities, and you find Kee and Varro spending some quality time together, saving the universe and fighting/giving into attraction.
The relationship is challenged by a frustrating lack of understanding and communication. Kee and Varro must overcome this deficiency not only in their romantic relationship but also in the battles they will inevitably engage in before the happy ending. For most of the book, they are separated from their crew which was a little disappointing because the crew of Starlight’s Shadow make a great ensemble, story-wise. They all work best as a crew!
Kee, is a first-rate hacker. A lot of the story describes her activities in trying to dig up information. Let me just say this. Hacking. Is. Boring. Don’t get me wrong. I love a good geeky character. But reading about wires and data and signals and stuff like that is not interesting.
Reading about chasing the kidnappers, engaging the enemy, overcoming the enemy, and sorting out the intrigue is interesting. The romance between Kee and Varro that is nicely interwoven into the adventure is also great to read about.
Eclipse the Moon ends with a teaser about the crew’s next mission. The story continues! The Starlight’s Shadow series is for Sci-fi Romance lovers. Plenty of adventure and intrigue with a romance that enhances the story will have readers eagerly awaiting the next installment.
Through Netgalley, the publisher provided a copy of this book. My review is my honest opinion.
About Eclipse the Moon by Jessie Mihalik
Kee Ildez has been many things: hacker, soldier, bounty hunter. She never expected to be a hero, but when a shadowy group of traitors starts trying to goad the galaxy’s two superpowers into instigating an interstellar war, Kee throws herself into the search to find out who is responsible—and stop them.
Digging up hidden information is her job, so hunting traitors should be a piece of cake, but the primary suspect spent years in the military, and someone powerful is still covering his tracks. Disrupting their plans will require the help of her entire team, including Varro Runkow, a Valovian weapons expert who makes her pulse race.
Quiet, grumpy, and incredibly handsome, Varro watches her with hot eyes but ignores all of her flirting, so Kee silently vows to keep her feelings strictly platonic. But that vow will be put to the test when she and Varro are forced to leave the safety of their ship and venture into enemy territory alone.
Cut off from the rest of their team, they must figure out how to work together—and fast—because a single misstep will cost thousands of lives.
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