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- Publisher: Studio MCAH; 2 edition (April 30, 2013)
- Publication Date: April 30, 2013
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- Language: English
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Reese Eddingsis in command of the trade ship TMS Earthrise, with a small crew ofPelted misfits. To say Earthrise isn't doing well could be anunderstatement; in fact, Reese constantly teeters on the edge ofbankruptcy.
Until a manfrom her past appears with a job offer: to rescue a reclusive aliencalled Hirianthial from an organization of slavers. The money's goodand the cause seems just, so Reese accepts.
In no time,the crew of Earthrise is out on the lawless frontier, fightingpirates, slavers, and other lowlifes. Then they get Hirianthial onboardand Reese discovers that he's enigmatic, annoying, and a prince amonghis people. The simple rescue mission suddenly becomes a game of alienpolitics, and Reese doesn't know most of the rules.
Hogarth is agifted storyteller, and Reese Eddings is one of the snarkiest, mostsarcastic ship captains in all of space. The thrills are nonstop, thealien cultures and races are well developed and fascinating, andthere's just the right amount of humor to keep the whole thing fizzing. Those who like Sharon Lee and Steve Miller's Liaden Universe bookswill feel right at home here, and anyone who enjoys a fun andthoughtful space opera romp won't be disappointed. -- Don Sakers, Analog Science Fiction and Fact
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I kept thinking and being bothered by the idea that if she was a male captain, no author would have written her to be so coddled by her crew. They’re constantly sending her away when things get intense. The stress of leadership is literally eating a hole in her stomach.
There was also some uncomfortable language. Hogarth uses food to describe skin tones (admittedly for both black and white characters), which is understably a no-no, and Unpronounceably Named Male Lead thinks of Reese as looking exotic, several times. Which might not be so bad if he wasn’t a white man, her a black woman and they weren’t standing next to cat-people, dog-like people and a talking Phoenix. Kind of sure, being a black woman doesn’t make her the exotic one in those circumstances.
Lastly, the plotting is very linear. Reese is hired to rescue someone. She and her crew go right there and get them. Then she immediately has a medical emergency that they are miraculously on hand to fix and then they just go off on their next adventure. There are no red herrings or diverting paths to liven things up a bit.
Having said that, I appreciate there being a person of color as a lead character, even on the cover, and I was entertained throughout the book. I’d be happy to read another one.
Hogarth gives readers excellent writing, rich and intriguing world-building, and a variety of well-developed characters with strengths, fears, pleasures, griefs, and flaws. She also stretches our ideas about relationships. The hedonistic Harat-Shar (did I spell that right?) tigraine twins, for example, raised on their race's homeworld, take for granted family dynamics that their human captain prefers not to even think about!
As for Reese, her family has for generations consisted solely of a line of women dedicated to the life on a Martian-dome farm. She rejected all their expectations, and has become a prickly and hyper-private person, reluctant to admit that being captain equals taking responsibility for, and making choices for, her crew. It's amusing to see her adjustment to the nature of a real Eldritch, versus the fanciful, delicate depictions in many of the romance novels she likes to read, but his strong esper ability (to sense thoughts and emotions) bothers her profoundly. There's a quote (which I'll paraphrase, at least for now) after Hirianthial strains his physiological limits to the point of delirium, losing he capacity for his usual courteous self-restraint, where Reese bitterly muses that it's unfair he should know so much of her secrets, while keeping almost all of his. It's not til the end that her crew's bluntness makes her face the irrationality of her hostility (I wanted to shake her during the climactic section on the planet!), and she admits she actually wants him to stay.
Hirianthial does indeed keep some of his secrets even from the reader. We are allowed to know that he is no longer young, even with the Eldritch race's centuries-long lives, and that he lost a wife in childbirth, and feels guilt over that and over some sort of vengeful/warrior activities back as a lord in Jiriensire. He became a doctor in atonement, but also fulfills whatever tasks his queen chooses to set him, since his own life hasn't meant that much or had real purpose in years.
Sascha (brother) and Irine (sister) are the other crew we see the most of, because their extroverted nature does not fade to the background. When the Earthrise crew visits their home while repairs are being made, we see how difficult it can be when even someone so close they're like a part of you doesn't necessarily want the same things.
The birdlike engineer (Gaaah, I have to come back to this when it's easier to flip back and forth: I can't remember either his race or personal name! Hyer? Byer?) OTOH, is nearly as reserved as Hirianthial, and has hidden depths beneath his philosophical religion. Those claws can be dangerous! I hope we learn more about him.
The female centauroid (I'm really failing at recollection, here, aren't I?!) is so far mainly just a stable, supportive friend. Again, I look forward to more.
I'm going to go get the next book now!
Oh, as for proofreading, I did catch a few goofs, but not all that many. This story is good enough that it'd be worth it to pass them on. (I do wish that were easier to do, but the Kindle app is not built for file-sharing!)
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The plot bounces along much as you would expect, with no great surprises if you are familiar with the genre, but I went off the dysfunctional Reese, who became steadily more unlikeable, and found myself struggling to understand why her far more emotionally intelligent animal crew were quite so fond of her.
The characters are beautifully written and I'm looking forward to learning more about them. Oh to be in Reese's shoes.
If you love sci-fi then this book is for you.
Then there's the Eldritch the crew of the Earthrise has been hired to rescue. In person, Hirianthal turns out to be very different to the way his race is portrayed in fiction - and a heck of a lot more annoying. Sounds like the setup for one of Captain Eddings's novels, but nothing so boring: instead, have some pirates, the odd medical emergency, and a planet where it's considered impolite not to offer to sleep with everyone you meet.
Reese and the gang are brill!
The pirates, aliens, the romance loving Captain makes for some great accents and daring doo!