Orry Kent’s father is the best conman in the quadrant, running elaborate heists with Orry and her brother Ethan to target the ruling families of the Ascendancy. This time should be no different: straight in and out with a fortune in spice paragon in hand . . .
. . . until Orry goes off-script and everything falls apart. Less than an hour later the Count of Delf’s only grandson is dead and she’s on the run, accused of a murder she didn’t commit.
Turns out, the pendant Orry stole was crafted by the mysterious civilisation who once lived on the Shattermoon – and a lot of powerful people want it. It doesn’t take ruthless space pirate Morven Dyas long to track her down, and he’s not the only one on her tail. When she’s unexpectedly rescued by loner Jurgen Mender and his spaceship, Dainty Jane, Orry knows there’s only one thing to do.
It requires all of her powers of persuasion to get Mender to agree to her plan, especially when even she can see the madness of pitting an inexperienced young grifter, a space- dog long past his best and an obsolete spaceship against the Imperial Fleet, the worst of the space pirates – and the alien Kadiran, who are getting bored with their uneasy truce with humankind . . . But what other choice does she have?
“Where are you going? she asked….
To find out exactly what that queen bitch put in our brains…”
They say never judge a book by its cover, but come on, let’s be honest who buys ugly books these days? I have all the cover love for Shattermoon, the deeply intense milky way style back-drop, the detail of the moon, the dreamy shades of purple. This is a book I would buy based on its cover, no questions asked! But it wouldn’t be a regrettable purchase, the plot within is certainly a welcome continuation of the inviting first impression and a relentless, fast-paced narrative right to the very end – for the adrenaline junkie reader – this will be an intense ride.
Shattermoon is a sci-fi thriller. If you like books that go deep on complex world-building and character development this will be one for you. I personally do and I was sucked right in by Orry, an inspiring character that I’m sure my daughter would admire if she were she old enough to read yet!
Where the book fell shy of 4 skulls for me was in the pacing. It’s a complex and detailed narrative and at times I felt that my brain couldn’t keep up. I would be processing the last few pages while wanting to hammer on through the rest of the book. This isn’t a negative, but for me, it in part removed some of the relaxed enjoyment for a book this long. I felt it almost needed to be a novella length to balance the intensity or to have more “down-time” in the story to help naturally keep up.
Please don’t mistake by 3 skulls as being in any way a reason not to read this book. There is A LOT to enjoy here and even non-purist sci-fi fans will love the journey. You should pick it up, you should read it and you will enjoy it! But pace yourself. I will certainly be buying book 2 of this series and look forward to seeing where Dominic takes us next.
Thank you to Jo Fletcher books for giving me this proof copy in exchange for an honest review.
Dominic Dulley is a software developer with a passion for SF. His short fiction has been published widely, in books, journals and magazines. Shattermoon is his first novel, and the start of the fast-moving space opera The Long Game. He lives with his wife and family in Warwick.