Review: Free Space by Sean Danker

Review: Free Space by Sean DankerFree Space by Sean Danker

Series: Evagardian #2
Genres: Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Ace on 2 May 2017
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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In the follow-up to Admiral, the intergalactic war has ended and hostilities between the Evagardian Empire and the Commonwealth are officially over, but the admiral is far from safe. . . .

"I'd impersonated a prince, temporarily stopped a war, escaped a deadly planet, and survived more assassination attempts than I could conveniently count. After all that, there shouldn't have been anything simpler than a nice weekend with a charming Evagardian girl.

However, some corners of the galaxy aren't as genteel as the Empire, and Evagardians aren't universally loved, which is how I ended up kidnapped to be traded as a commodity.

Their timing couldn't have been worse. I'm not at my best, but these people have no idea whom they're dealing with: a highly trained, genetically engineered soldier in the Imperial Service who happens to be my date."

The Delight

A stellar first book full of intense action, intrigue, survival on a hostile planet, and fab characters led me to delight in opening the sequel and diving right back in for more.

Review

As I said, Free Space is the second book after Admiral in the fast-paced sci-fi Evagardian series.  I think a reader would feel rather lost jumping in with this book particularly when it comes to the galactic politics, cultures, and storyline.

So yes, Free Space picks up not long after the events of Admiral.  The enigmatic Admiral and Salmagard are back on a new adventure joined by a new pair of colorful characters in the persons of military personnel, Diana and Sei.  It all started when they just wanted to take an R&R trip together, but before you know it being poisoned, being kidnapped and sold, and a host of determined government types on their tails makes for quite the escapade across space.  For much of the book, the pair are separated as Salmagard and Diana are trying to rescue the Admiral and Sei after the two women are underestimated and get away from their captors first.  I do love how Salmagard is part aristocratic princess type and part warrioress paired with Admiral’s layers of complicated scheming.

And just like the previous book, there is nearly non-stop excitement, but also the underlayer of intrigue regarding who the Admiral is and what he is doing.  Salmagard and the Admiral’s pasts are opened up and explored more.  They don’t fit together on paper, but there is promise there if they can ever get their lives untangled and get through the galactic war going on.

The first book had more a do or die survival quality to it, but this one, though different, was a cover to cover good one.  There is a cliffie, but it wasn’t out of the blue as the plot was steadily heading that way and the main storyline was wrapped up.  Can’t wait to see what comes next.

Light Sci-fi/Space Opera fans are a good match up for this series and I can easily recommend it.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #127 Sci-Fi rom
Literary Pickers #108
Handy Man New Release #67

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I liked the Admiral. I wasn’t sure if I was going to pick up this book. I liked it, but didn’t love it. Glad you enjoyed it. I will probably get to it one day, but not too soon. I’m so far behind on review books right now. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • This one is different from the Admiral. That one was survival and this one is chase action. This one also lets up on the intense stuff, but it also has the feel of an in between book in a series arc. Not sure if that will help you, but I do get it that a huge stack of review books will keep you busy for a while. 🙂

  • That sounds different. I’ve never heard of this but it sounds interesting.

    • They are very action plot based sci-fi. This one is different from book one, but the characters carry though so that is fun.

  • I am about halfway through this book right now and think it is a lot of fun. I am glad you enjoyed it as well, Sophia!

    • Yes, its almost funny how they keep just missing the guys and all the misadventures that go on for both groups. 🙂

  • I listened too and enjoyed book one but was hesitant based on early reviews. Looks like I will be grabbing it.

    • It’s different from book one. It lightens up on the lift and death stuff and is more of a chase type adventure across space. There’s also more back story for the characters. You’d probably like it. 🙂

  • Great review and I do love non stop excitement. Thanks for sharing!

    • You betcha, Cindy! It was pretty exciting. 🙂

  • I’m not a fan of sci-fi I confess but if it’s light I can try

    • These are light in terms of not as much science and theory, but the first one was pretty intense. This one might be more your thing, Melliane. 🙂

  • I’ve read sci-fi romance story before but it wasn’t as exciting as this one. I’ll definitely wanna try 🙂

    • I’ve read a couple boring ones, too. I don’t like all the details about ‘how’ stuff works; I just like a good story in space. Hope you end up liking this one, Vanessa. 🙂

  • Yay for a good time. And thanks for the heads up on reading in order 😀

    • Haha, yes, this is one that would definitely leaving a person scratching their head if they jumped in. I’m loving these so far. 🙂

  • I remember being intrigued by Admiral when it came out, but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet. I’m glad to see the series is keeping steam!

    Great review.

    • Admiral was my favorite of the two, but I still really liked this one. Can’t wait to see what comes next, Angie.

  • Debbie Haupt

    Oh this looks good thanks Sophia Rose. I’m guessing its best to read in order?

    • Really good stuff, Debbie. Yeah, it is definitely one you want to get in order.

  • I’ve been really enjoying sci-fi books lately so it’s awesome to see another potentially awesome sci fi book 😀

    • Me, too, Lily. I went years without trying it and now I’m really hooked on the genre.

  • Oooo, very cool! I’d not heard of this book! I love science fiction and I’m always looking for new adult sci-fi recs. Nonstop action is my jam. 😀 I’m glad you enjoyed this book, Sophia!

    Have a wonderful week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • This is book two behind the Admiral. I’m with you, Alyssa, being on the hunt for good action-packed sci-fi.