Seven Devils – Laura Lam; Elizabeth May

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When Eris faked her death, she thought she had left her old life as the heir to the galaxy’s most ruthless empire behind. But her recruitment by the Novantaen Resistance, an organization opposed to the empire’s voracious expansion, throws her right back into the fray.

Eris has been assigned a new mission: to infiltrate a spaceship ferrying deadly cargo and return the intelligence gathered to the Resistance. But her partner for the mission, mechanic and hotshot pilot Cloelia, bears an old grudge against Eris, making an already difficult infiltration even more complicated.

When they find the ship, they discover more than they bargained for: three fugitives with firsthand knowledge of the corrupt empire’s inner workings.

Together, these women possess the knowledge and capabilities to bring the empire to its knees. But the clock is ticking: the new heir to the empire plans to disrupt a peace summit with the only remaining alien empire, ensuring the empire’s continued expansion. If they can find a way to stop him, they will save the galaxy. If they can’t, millions may die.

A group of rebels out to smash the patriarchy in space? A feminist space opera with a hint of Rogue One, a dash of Firefly and a heady dose of bad-assery? A Guardians of the Galaxy type heist, but with way more gay?

Sign me up. A princess, a soldier, a courtesan, a pilot, a mechanic, a leader and a child genius hacker. What could possibly go wrong?

I loved them all. Our motley crew: Eris, Clo, Ariadne, Kyla, Rhea, Nyx and Cato. Each very different, yet together more than the sum of their parts.

It’s a classic tale of the rag-tag bunch of misfits coming together to pull off the job. But it’s not often that it’s done with such style and panache as Lam and May have on display here.

The story stars with Clo and Eris on a mission for the resistance (should that have a capital R?), and it’s not long before they come across the others, and the action ramps up a notch or three as our gang set off to save the galaxy from its new heir.

Glorious fun, with a wonderfully diverse group of characters, Seven Devils is the sci-fi book you didn’t know you needed. Roll on book 2!

There’s even a playlist to accompany the book, curated by the authors.

Seven Devils by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May is published by Gollancz in August 2020. Many thanks to the publisher for the advance copy to review via NetGalley.

Author: dave

Book reviewer, occasional writer, photographer, coffee-lover, cyclist, spoon carver and stationery geek.

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