This is a story of two women tough as nails, of an epic friendship and of courage to pursue the path on which your heart is set, irrespective of other people’s opinions. And it’s a story of empowerment. All set in space, mind. With pirates – PIRATES. IN SPACE!
All right, let’s get down to it. Razia the bounty hunter is on a mission to capture a pirate and when a government official turns up for that very same mission, she’s not having it. So, being Razia, she fights tooth and nail for her right to pursue this pirate on her own.
Two strong women become even stronger as one to unravel a conspiracy and, in the meantime, discover new and important things about themselves. Beyond the action and humour, it’s an important vision of breaking out of your comfort zone and allowing a listening ear, even when you think you know it all (I’m looking at you, Razia).
Alliances is yet another kick-ass girlpower story from S. Usher Evans, with complex and engaging characters, a superb Universe and an empowering message underlying the action without ever compromising the plot or organic feel. It’s there, as a natural part, as a crucial part even, and I applaud the author for weaving such an intricate and brilliant net of it.
Add high pace, always urging its reader to turn to the next page. PLUS you never know what’s coming around the next bend. If I could live in a book universe for one day, I’d like it to be the Razia world!
Next review will be of Clariel by Garth Nix.
Alliances by S. Usher Evans
Lyssa Peate has found a tenuous balance between her double lives – the planet-discovering scientist and space pirate bounty hunter named Razia. No longer on probation, Razia still struggles to be thought of as more than a chocolate-fetching joke, and Lyssa can’t be truthful to those closest to her. But both lives are turned upside-down when feisty government investigator Lizbeth Carter shows up to capture the same pirate Razia is after.
Lizbeth’s not interested in taking Razia’s thunder; rather, she convinces the caustic bounty hunter to help solve a mystery. Somebody’s hiring pirates to target government ships, and there’s a money trail that doesn’t make any sense. From the desert planet of D-882 to the capital city on S-864, the investigation leads them deeper and deeper into a conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of the Universal Government – and to one of the most painful chapters in Lyssa’s past.
Alliances is the highly anticipated sequel to Double Life, Book 1 in the Razia Series.