“Nightchaser” by Amanda Bouchet

Non-spoiler review for Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet. Release date: Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

Tess Bailey and her crew are nightchasers. They run food, medicine, equipment, and other items to needy children and a rebellion fighting against The Overseer and his military goons, the Dark Watch. The Galactic Overseer is an evil tyrant who wants a bland universe of obedient citizens.

Tess’s crew are a sort of rag tag bunch. They are all wanted (and escaped) criminals, flying through the galaxy on their ship, the Endeavor. In this world, people can be sent to prison for just about any reason.

Tess Bailey. Almost six feet tall. Captain. Grew up in an orphanage after her mother died from a fever. Daddy issues. Been through a lot. Strong. Capable. Lonely. Has anxiety.

Shade Ganavan. Cocky. Hot. Mysterious. Jack of all trades. Into Tess. Sparks seem to fly pretty much from the get go, although there are definitely some mixed signals going on.

Jax. Tess’s partner and second in command. Big guy. Heart of gold. Tess knows him from the good old days, you know, back in prison.

Fiona. Scientist. Lab rat. Knows her plants. Medic.

Miko and Shiori. Miko was sexually abused and lost a hand in the prison escape that got the crew the Endeavor and made them all instant family. She is the ship’s navigator. Her mother, Shiori, is blind and is the ship’s Grandma. She provides a calm and comforting quiet backdrop to the crew’s anxiety.

Bonk. Cool cat Tess gets from a kindred spirit (a lady who owns a book shop). Every good story needs a cool animal or two and Bonk is definitely an awesome mascot.

Without getting into spoilers, I really liked this! You may know this author’s Kingmaker Chronicles trilogy. Here, she effortlessly takes on a whole new genre: sci-fi romance. The world-building is solid. I really liked Tess. She is special, but not in a “chosen one” kind of way. She doesn’t have things handed to her, she gets beat up, she has to struggle for everything.

The crew lives on rations and canned food while giving the spoils of their raids to the needy. There were plenty of steamy scenes for all you romance fans. This was a great blend of sci-fi action and romance.

Nightchaser is a little bit Firefly and a little bit Solo: A Star Wars Story.

The only thing I would have liked more of would be scenes encountering alien life forms. There was one scene on a beach where a creature went into the water, but all the characters were human or enhanced humans. Hopefully, the next books will delve a bit more into Tess and the crew meeting new alien worlds, landscapes, and species.

Great book! I had fun reading it. 🙂 Thank you Edelweiss and publisher for providing a digital copy to read and review.

– Shelly

 

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