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Star Nomad: Fallen Empire, Book 1 by [Buroker, Lindsay]
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Book 1 of 8 in Fallen Empire (8 Book Series)
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  • File Size: 4495 KB
  • Print Length: 253 pages
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  • Publication Date: May 26, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01FWOW72W
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Disclosure: I received a free review copy from the author.

I've been a fan of Lindsay Buroker's fantasy novels for some time now, and happily followed her into this new space opera series, because I've found her work consistently entertaining. Also, though I haven't read as much of it lately, I'm a space opera fan from of old, having grown up on Andre Norton and loved Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan books.

Norton, Bujold, and C.L. Moore's Northwest Smith are in the lineage of this series, not to mention a little bit of Star Wars, though without the hokey ancient religion or laser swords. We have asteroid miners, the aftermath of a civil war (Alliance versus Empire), artificial gravity, various kinds of weapons including energy weapons, enhanced cyborg soldiers, power armour... it's all good stuff. We also have an ex-military officer with an old spaceship and a ragtag crew, just trying to make it back to where her young daughter is so they can be together (her husband was a civilian casualty of the war), and encountering - and overcoming - obstacles at every turn.

The characters are quirky, smart, brave, principled and constantly bickering, which is what I've come to happily expect from a Buroker book. The cyborg soldier distinctly reminds me of the assassin Sicarius from the Emperor's Edge series: emotionally closed off, laconic to the point of curt, unstoppably deadly, but with his own powerful set of principles. The space captain is, however, more assured and capable than Amaranthe early in the same series, and none the worse for it. She makes a great scrappy underdog, badly outgunned but forced by circumstances to forge difficult alliances and triumph through courage and intelligence, and that's how I like my heroes.
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As a fan of Lindsay Buroker's Emperor's Edge and Dragon's Blood series, I looked forward to reading a free copy of Star Nomad. Overall, I was completely satisfied with her new series and I look forward to the future installments.

The story begins with Captain Alisa Marchenko and her mechanic/engineering friend Mica finding a ship to get off the desert planet they were stranded on after the war ended. Alisa and her friend fought on the side of the Alliance, so when they encounter an imperial cyborg guarding their chosen ship they must negotiate to achieve their common goal - to get off the planet and back to civilization.

In her newsletter, Buroker mentioned Firefly as an inspiration for this novel. This is reflected in the characterizations of Alisa, Mica, and the passengers they eventually take on. While the similarities are obvious, there are enough differences in the storyline and character details to make the book worth reading without feeling like you are reading a text version of Firefly.

Otherwise, the world touches on what happens when a "rebel" group succeeds in overthrowing a tyrannical government without having a new government plan in order. This book briefly touches on the major players such as the previous Emperor, the Starseers, the Alliance, and the Mafia. The book concludes the first stage of the characters' journey to Perun while setting the stage for the remaining journey and possible future conflict between characters. Finally, the question the reader is left with is "Which is better: a restrictive government that governs with little citizen input or a galaxy ruled by a "might is right" mentality?"
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This review applies to Book 1, Book 1.5, and Book 2:

Oh wow, I thought. Lyndsay Buroker doing science fiction? Awesome.

Well, it could have been awesome. Instead of science fiction, we got The Emperor's Edge in New Clothes, in outer space. We have the gutsy irreverent heroine, with sad memories and regrets locked up inside of her. In place of of the sexy renegade assassin, Sicarius, we have the sexy renegade cyborg, Leonidas. And then we also have the heroine's sidekick, the clever engineer, Mica, who is apparently McGyver in drag. And these people run around getting themselves into improbable messes, and getting themselves out of said messes with improbable solutions. Just like Emperor's Edge, but less well-written. Ms. Buroker seems to think that having the characters hide out in an old spaceship instead of an old warehouse makes this a science fiction story.

What I really objected to was the fact that these books have only the flimsiest of resolutions, and we are supposed to race to buy the next installment to find out What Happens Next. Except, from the way things are going,I have no faith that we will find out what happens until about maybe book 6 or 7, if then. I guess I'll never find out if the heroine finds her kidnapped daughter, because by the end of book 2 I simply didn't care anymore. Doubt if I will be buying any more Buroker books.
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I received an ARC of this book prior to publication, but these are my own views.

I was excited to learn that Lindsay Buroker was launching a new SF series, and this book did not disappoint. Set largely in space, the story draws you in from the first few lines and doesn’t let go until the end. Firefly fans will see a resemblance to that world, and readers of her previous books will be happy to see strong, interesting characters like those that have driven all her stories, as well as the flashes of humor that make her books fun. The story is pretty well described in the summary. At the conclusion of a war between the Alliance and Empire, a wounded but now recovered Alliance pilot seeks to return to her daughter and home world. With the help of an engineer friend, she steals the now-abandoned ship she grew up on, establishes an uneasy alliance with a former enemy cyborg who proves to be more human than machine, takes on crew and passengers with their own secrets, and must deal with enemies both old and new. Ms. Buroker weaves a tapestry of plot, character, and lots of action. The world she creates is believable and easy to visualize. Her writing is crisp, clear, and easy to follow. Her characters are well drawn -- people that you come to care about-- with real strengths and failings revealed over the course of the story. This is a complete story --no unsatisfying cliffhanger ending in this book -- but one that leaves you waiting for the next installment. If you’ve not read Ms. Buroker before, this is a perfect place to start, and I’ll bet that this book prompts you to read her other series. If you’re already a fan, you’ll find this new series a great way to reconnect with this talented author.
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