Seven Devils

DAW. (Seven Devils, Bk. 1). Aug. 2020. ISBN 9780756415808. $26. SF.
Eris is a Novantaen resistance fighter. She used to be the heir to the Tholosian Empire, but she left that life behind with her faked death. But now she’s been given a new assignment: get aboard a spaceship carrying a mysterious, deadly cargo and get the information back to the Resistance. However, her partner in the assignment, mechanic Cloelia, mistrusts Eris and her motives—especially after Eris almost kills her. Aboard the ship the pair find three stowaways who may hold the key to dismantling the Empire, with a cargo that leads them to even worse Tholosian plans. The new heir plans to take down a planned peace summit with the Evoli Empire, after 500 years of war, and the group must find a way to stop him or lose millions of innocent lives.
VERDICT Lam (Goldilocks) and May ("The Falconer Trilogy") bring a multivoice story from a group of diverse, courageous females attempting to save themselves and their galaxy. Backstories and present-day actions are built into an alien setting, well-rounded characters, and an action-filled plot with themes of colonization, military manipulation, and conditioning.
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