A great anthology, Orphans in the Black is made up of a good number of stories, too many to summarize here, so I’ll say this: all of the stories wereA great anthology, Orphans in the Black is made up of a good number of stories, too many to summarize here, so I’ll say this: all of the stories were worth reading, some more than others, and several were outstanding, which I’ll mention below.
A Simple Thing - Amy J. Murphy: I loved this story, Luc was a conflicted and interesting character and the world building was fantastic. He was an elite soldier on an undercover mission, one that he didn’t really believe in. I liked the story so much I wanted to read more by this author so I picked up the first book in her Allies and Enemies series.
No Eye in Emily - Patty Jansen: Loved this story of “construct” human against “natural” human, Emlee was an awesome character and having her persevere for herself and other constructs was lovely.
Spacer - J.A. Sutherland: I really liked this novella - as the young man from a merchant family is cast adrift by the ruination of his family by a powerful rival merchant, his only thoughts are revenge. The mysterious man who offers him a way to achieve that revenge sends him on an adventure among his enemies.
Interference - Michelle Diener: A lovely novella with a young woman and her four wards who are survivors of a destroyed planet, visiting a historical moon that is going to be destroyed to prevent it from colliding with another world. Hijackers have a plan to steal the gravity generator that is providing the atmosphere for the moon. They are no match for the special forces team, led by Mak Carep, that will stop them and protect Nyha and her wards. I loved the resourceful Nyha and the heroic Mak, and their strong connection formed during the ordeal.
Combat Support - Lindsay Buroker: This story was set in the series A Sky Full of Stars and features Erick, the goofy, nerdy engineer and Masika, the enhanced experimental soldier. The two have an uneasy sort of friendship, since Masika is wary of men from previous experiences, but Erick is sort of like a friendly puppy, it’s hard not to like him. But Erick is a puppy with teeth when he uses his Starseer skills, which come in handy when they’re attacked by a group of combat armored men trying to capture Masika for her former employers. Love this series and it was fun to see things from Masika’s point of view....more
Another fantastic story of the Others working with the blood prophets, intuits and some of the humans, especially the police, to try to salvage what tAnother fantastic story of the Others working with the blood prophets, intuits and some of the humans, especially the police, to try to salvage what they’ve built together after the human HFL movement begins attacking wolves across the country. The HFL is stupid enough to believe the shifters are the only beings they need to worry about, but they’re just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Others. I feel guilty for wanting the Others to triumph over the nasty humans (being a human myself), but they’re just so much more honest and open, keeping an eye on the humans to make sure they honor agreements, but not out to harm anyone that doesn’t deserve it. The humans of the HFL are just stupid and mean, they lie and manipulate people to do what they want and then everyone suffers. Of course I love Meg, she’s so innocent and naive but has such a unique outlook as a bridge between humans and the Others. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series, Etched in Bone....more
In this prequel to the Sky Full of Stars series, Jelena and Erick go on the search for the cargo ship that she hopes to pilot while gaining some indepIn this prequel to the Sky Full of Stars series, Jelena and Erick go on the search for the cargo ship that she hopes to pilot while gaining some independence from her parents. The pickings are pretty slim on the dusty planet they’re on, but then they witness the crash of a cargo ship being attacked by three old Imperial bombers. Since there is a dog on board, as well as the pilot, Jelena is determined to help and drags Erick along with her. They get more than they bargained for with armed men intent on stealing Alliance weapons from the freighter’s cargo hold, but with their Starseer abilities, they manage to defend themselves and the pair they’re trying to help. I love the way that Jelena and Erick bicker and tease each other, while looking out for each other just like a brother and sister would, since even though they’re not related, they’ve grown up with each other. This was a fun story and I enjoyed getting a bit more background to the series....more