Saturday, October 27, 2012
Review: Rogue Hunter: Inquest
Rogue Hunter: Inquest by Kevis Hendrickson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book Info: Genre: Space Opera
Reading Level: YA (16+ per author)
Recommended for: fans of space opera, the previous books, lighter sci-fi
Book Available: November 1, 2012 in ebook format; December 1, 2012 in paperback
Disclosure: I received a free ARC ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: LUST AND FURY COLLIDE IN A GALAXY ON THE VERGE OF WAR.
Fearing retribution from ruthless gangsters over an unsettled debt, intergalactic bounty hunter Zyra Zanr ventures to a distant world to collect the reward for Boris Skringler, a notorious terrorist, who has been sentenced to death by political rivals of the InterGalactic Alliance. When she fails to secure his release, she decides to break him out of prison. Zyra soon finds herself an unwilling participant in events that lead to a climactic showdown between the most powerful worlds in the galaxy.
Torn between her desperation to rid herself of the threats to her life and her guilt in agitating the conflict between two galactic superpowers, Zyra is horrified to learn that the lives of an entire world of people hinge on her ability to return Skringler to his captors. However, her distrust of Skringler gives way to lust, unraveling her plans. Will Zyra give into her passion and allow Skringler to go free? Or will she surrender him to her enemies to stop an impending war? The fate of billions depend on whether she chooses life for a killer or the death of her lover.
My Thoughts: This book is a reworking of Kevis Hendrickson’s previous Rogue Hunter books, moving us back and time and starting from a younger age with Zyra Zanr.
There are occasionally over-clever word choices used, I presume, in an attempt to avoid overuse of more prosaic terms. However, this is otherwise an engaging story. It’s wonderfully refreshing to read a book with a bisexual female protagonist of the more realistic sort, albeit still gorgeous and feminine yet super strong...
This is space opera in the truest sense – lots of drama, lots of action and an almost impossibly fast face. Not to mention layers within layers within layers … and not to mention a cliffhanger ending leaving us waiting for more. So, if you’re looking for a new space opera, if you were a fan of the previous books, if you enjoy lighter science fiction, check this one out.
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