Thursday, January 14, 2016

Review: Dark Deeds by Michelle Diener

Title: Dark Deeds
Author: Michelle Diener
Series: Class 5 #2
Publication: January 4th 2016 by Eclipse

Genre: Science Fiction
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: 5/5


Far from home . . .

Fiona Russell has been snatched from Earth, imprisoned and used as slave labor, but nothing about her abduction makes sense. When she’s rescued by the Grih, she realizes there’s a much bigger game in play than she could ever have imagined, and she’s right in the middle of it.

Far from safe . . .

Battleship captain Hal Vakeri is chasing down pirates when he stumbles across a woman abducted from Earth. She’s the second one the Grih have found in two months, and her presence is potentially explosive in the Grih’s ongoing negotiations with their enemies, the Tecran. The Tecran and the Grih are on the cusp of war, and Fiona might just tip the balance.

Far from done . . .

Fiona has had to bide her time while she’s been a prisoner, pretending to be less than she is, but when the chance comes for her to forge her own destiny in this new world, she grabs it with both hands. After all, actions speak louder than words.

I want to start this review with saying that the first book, Dark Horse, was one of my favorite books last year and it also got me more into reading sc-fi. With that said, I also want to say that Dark Deeds definitely was a worthy sequel. I loved it just as much as the first book if not a little more. 

This book is about another human woman, Fiona, who has been abducted from Earth but unlike Rose who was used to experiment on in the first book, Fee has been used as slave labor so she hasn't had it easy either. When she is rescued by the Grih and brought on Hal Vakeri's ship, things still don't go easy for Fee.

I'm actually not sure why I loved this book more. It gave another glimpse into this intriguing world of battleships and thinking systems. I also really enjoyed reading about Fee and Hal. I loved their chemistry but their budding romance didn't feel rushed or anything at all that I usually dislike with romances. Their attraction was build up nicely. It was perfect.

There also was a lot of action, which is a must in a science-fiction story. And just like the first book where I really liked Sazo, I loved Eazi, the thinking system that was intriduced and who Fee teamed up with.

Rose, Dav and Sazo from the first book did make an appearance, which I loved. I really enjoyed reading about Fee and Rose meeting because they're both from earth and were both abducted so naturally they had a lot to discuss. I also wonder if the next story, if there come one, will be about Imogen who was mentioned. I'm really curious where she disappeared to and everything. 

So overall, another hit for Michelle Diener. It's not a secret that I love her historical novels but I do also think she's doing an amazing job with her sci-fi ones. She's really great at it. So trust me when I say you want to read this book (and Dark Horse too, if you haven't read it yet)!

       About the Author:

Michelle Diener writes historical fiction, fantasy and science fiction. Having worked in publishing and IT, she’s now very happy crafting new worlds and interesting characters and wondering which part of the world she can travel to next. Michelle was born in London, grew up in South Africa and currently lives in Australia with her husband and two children.

When she’s not writing, or driving her kids from activity to activity, you can find her blogging at Magical Musings, or online at Twitter, at Google+ and Facebook.


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