Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Alliance by S.K. Dunstall
Series: Linesman #2
Published by Ace on February 23rd 2016
Genres: Space Opera
The lines. The soul of every ship. It was once thought there were only ten, but that was before an alien vessel appeared at the edge of space—before Ean Lambert heard more lines singing. Ean’s ways of communicating with lines is strange. But his abilities make him a valuable tool—or weapon—to command.
Captain Selma Kari Wang has lost everything—her ship, her crew, her legs. But the New Alliance of Worlds is not done with her yet. After they rebuild her broken body, they send her to captain one of the new alien ships, teaming her up with Ean, the only one who can understand the alien lines.
Kari Wang and Ean are poised on the threshold of discoveries that could change the world. But not everyone wants the New Alliance to control the secrets they uncover—and those who oppose won’t hesitate to do whatever it takes to stop them…
I waited about 5 minutes to start Alliance after finishing Linesman. I had already requested the arc after starting Linesman because I knew right away. I HAD to know more. About 92% of the way into this book, I already felt the terror of it ending and not knowing when the next book would be available so I went to the Internet. After much reading, I found the possible title of the third book, but no tentative release time. *Panics*
I try not to write spoilery reviews and I don’t repeat stuff you can read in the blurb. So that leaves me with talking about the characters and the writing and my feelings. And here, it’s all good.
Ean continues to learn and grow in Alliance which is the VERY best thing for a character. He also continues to surprise people. And I still care about him and worry over him.
There are more perspectives from others here. The world is also growing. There are more military politics and some more people get shocked by Ean and the world he has brought forth.
Highly recommended. I can’t wait for the next book!
Giggle worthy quote:
Sale moved over to check Mael, who’d gone green again. She handed him a sick bag. “You’ll be fine,” Sale said, and her voice was almost gentle. “The lines haven’t killed anyone yet. Not like this, anyway.”
“He’d probably like some sandwiches, “Ean said, remembering back to his own earlier jumps. Food had helped.
Mael groaned and clutched the bag closer.
“Yes,” Ean said. “He needs sandwiches.”
Sale flicked on her comms. “Note to self. Sandwiches in the linesman’s survival kit.” She flicked off.
Ean looked at her, wondering if she was joking.
Fergus hid a snort of laughter. “Let’s hope they don’t carry the same set of sandwiches around for weeks.”
“You would be surprised at how long food can last in space, Fergus,” Sale said.
“I don’t think I would,” Fergus said.
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