Eclipse the Moon

Harper Voyager. (Starlight’s Shadow, Bk. 2). Jul. 2022. 448p. ISBN 9780063051065. pap. $16.99. SF
Mihalik’s follow-up to Hunt the Stars is a delightful science fiction romance filled with high stakes for hearts and lives. This installment stars Kee Ildez; if information is available, she can find it. However the search for a former military commander is turning up nothing, while the galaxy’s two main powers seem poised to start another devastating war. Kee decides the best way to find secret information is to tap into the data at the space station Bastion, under the guise of taking a little break from her bounty hunter exploits. It is also a good chance to cool her feelings for Varro, the weapons expert who makes her feel on fire. When Kee’s “vacation” begins to unravel thanks to a surprise fashion show, secret plots, and the unexpected arrival of Varro, the two will have to find a way to work together to save thousands of lives—and maybe figure out their relationship along the way.
VERDICT A space opera setting, an antagonistic friends-to-lovers romance, and fast-paced action bring some new plot points and nicely set up the last of Mihalik’s trilogy.
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