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Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik
Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller
Series: Consortium Rebellion #1
Published by HarperAudio on February 5, 2019
Genres: Science Fiction
Length: 12 hours, 41 minutes
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As the seventh of nine children, Ada von Hasenberg knows that her only value to House von Hasenberg is as a political pawn in an arranged marriage. But after watching two of her older sisters get auctioned off to horrible men, Ada refuses to play her part. She flees off-planet and disappears for two years.
Ada’s father, fed up with her rebellion, offers a bounty for her safe return. The universe is a big place, but mercs are everywhere, and Ada is caught. With the merc ship full, she’s forced to share a cell with Marcus Loch, the Devil of Fornax Zero. Rumor has it he murdered every commanding officer who issued orders during the Fornax Rebellion. All anyone knows for sure is that the Royal Consortium wants his head.
Ada has no trouble believing the muscled man chained in the back of her cell is a killer. But when their ship is attacked by forces from rival House Rockhurst, Ada must decide whether to trust him—because once you release the devil, you can’t put him back. And when the attack heralds the opening salvo of a much bigger war, Ada must determine where her loyalties truly lie.
What can I say? I LOVED Polaris Rising! I enjoyed the characters, the world, the romance(s) and the narration. It was all outstanding. I wanted to listen all the time. I stopped with about an hour left at bedtime which was a mistake because my mind raced with the story anyway.
This trope reminds me a bit of Amanda Bouchet’s Nightchaser. This is science fiction, space opera, with political family drama, bounty hunters, wars, and kickass women. I chose to read because I saw it recommended by Ilona Andrews and Jeffe Kennedy, as well as some friends were reading.
Ada is a fantastic character. She is so smart and strong. She is kind and compassionate to others, committed to her choices. She is more than willing to put herself at risk for her ideals and those she loves. She is also very knowledgeable and well-trained. I just loved her.
We aren’t in Loch’s mind so much but he is a capable alpha male with a possessive streak. Both of them have been mistreated so trust is hard won. Ada and Loch are burning me up with the sexy! It was well-written with the emotional relationship covered as well as the physical one.
I enjoyed the supporting characters so much also. I don’t know if villains are always a bit cliche because we rarely get their point of view, or because their motivations are simply selfish with no regard for anyone else. They show less personality aspects than the rest of the world.
If you’re looking for a smart, fast, action-packed fight for the good guys being used / abused by the selfish wealthy, look no further. I’m ready for the next book in the Consortium Rebellion trilogy, Aurora Blazing, projected for October 1, 2019, with a story featuring Ada’s sister, Bianca.
I’ve had the pleasure of listening to this narrator previously. Her voices for all the characters, male or female was great. I felt she was Ada and her Loch was very sexy. There were slight differences for each of the characters so I could tell who was speaking. I listened to this one comfortably at 1.25 speed.
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