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."
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.
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.
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