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Seven Devils

(Seven Devils #1)

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This first book in a feminist space opera duology follows seven resistance fighters who will free the galaxy from the ruthless Tholosian Empire -- or die trying.

When Eris faked her death, she thought she had left her old life as the heir to the galaxy's most ruthless empire behind. But her recruitment by the Novantaen Resistance, an organization opposed to the empire's vor
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Hardcover, 448 pages
Published August 4th 2020 by DAW
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Laura Lam The song echoes so many themes in the book.

Seven Devils is also a type of solitaire that's very difficult to win--sometimes the cards are stacked aga…more
The song echoes so many themes in the book.

Seven Devils is also a type of solitaire that's very difficult to win--sometimes the cards are stacked against you and you can't win no matter what hand you play. (less)
Laura Lam There is one semi-detailed sex scene.

There's a fair amount of violence, but we aim to not be gratuitous.

Full content notes: http://www.lauralam.co.uk…more
There is one semi-detailed sex scene.

There's a fair amount of violence, but we aim to not be gratuitous.

Full content notes: http://www.lauralam.co.uk/book/seven-... (less)

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Samantha
Sep 18, 2020 rated it liked it
TW: abusive parent; death of a parent; amputation; authoritarian government; plague

This was one of my most anticipated books of the year, but sadly didn’t live up to my expectations. This is a female led space opera featuring a motley crew trying to take down an empire. With that description, I thought that I’d be way more attached to this crew than I was. I found myself not caring much. The amount of POVs was probably necessary but made the story feel more broad and I didn’t start to attach to
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Elle (ellexamines)
Feb 28, 2018 marked it as tbz
Shelves: x-tbr2020
is this a Florence and the Machine song
Elizabeth May
Nov 25, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)

SEVEN DEVILS info! 👇

🚀adult scifi
💪feminist as fuck
🌈queer as a rainbow
💩fuck imperialism
👩‍❤️‍👩ladies being soft
🤬ladies kicking ass
👨one good dude
👨👨👨some shitbags
🌌a whole lotta stars

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Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
this shares the title with one of my fave dark gothic Florence & the Machine songs so I’m up 👀 ...more
Laura Lam
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
IF YOU WANT TO RESIST, YOU HAVE TO REBEL.

Pick up this book I wrote with one of my best friends if you like the idea of a group of rebels smashing the patriarchy in space.

Comp titles/media:

Rouge One
A Science Fiction Six of Crows
Mad Max: Fury Road
Firefly
Illuminae
Guardians of the Galaxy
The meme of 'be gay, do crime.' But in space.

A few people have added it as young adult, and we often describe it as crossover and think that teens will definitely jive with it. But just a wee note that most of t
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Holly
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, dnf
DNF @ 25%

Beautiful cover, boring book. I keep getting sci-fi/fantasy books that are listed as adult but are clearly YA, it’s annoying. I don’t mind some YA if they are really well written with fully developed characters and plots, but this ain’t that.
Justine
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-read
Have you ever picked up a Star Wars universe book and thought it sounded so great, but after reading it you felt like it just wasn't at all what you were hoping for? I definitely understand that feeling. I approached Seven Devils with mildly low expectations because it seemed exactly like those Star Wars books.

As it turned out, Seven Devils delivered in all the ways I always wish those others would. The story is fast-moving and progresses smoothly from scene to scene. The four POV characters -
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Isabella
don't get me wrong!! it's a very entertaining read, reminiscent of The 100, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and basically queers in space fighting against the patriarchy; also the found family is strong in this one~

But if there's one thing I learned from reading this book is that science fiction is definitely not my cup of tea *hides in shame* There's this disconnect between myself and the story that I can't seem to breach; I struggle to connect to the characters and their intergalactic struggles,
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Ocean
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excuse me while I SCREAM. This book is SO DAMN GOOD. The ending has got me feeling so many things. I need the sequel immediately. Listen, for a long time I didn't think I liked sci fi, but when it's done right, sci fi is incredible. Seven Devils is one of those books that came to me at the right time and I'm so glad it exists.

Some things I love about Seven Devils:
Friends to enemies to friends again
Autistic rep
Bi rep
Trans rep
Ace rep
Rag tag team coming together to fight
Several POVs
Learning about
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Bob/Sally
Damn, but this was a hell of a lot of fun! Seven Devils is exactly as advertised, a feminist space opera about women supporting and loving one another while kicking the patriarchal empire’s ass. Laura Lam and Elizabeth May have crafted a sweeping epic that feels as significant as it is spectacular, and I’m already anxious for the as-yet-untitled sequel.

Admittedly, I wasn’t so sure about things at the start. Eris and Clo are hard to warm up to – there’s so much tension there that bad blood is dri
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Peppermint
Mar 01, 2018 marked it as to-read
"Eris – or, Princess Discordia as she was once known, heir to the Empire, until she faked her own death and decided to dedicate her life to destroying her family."

This is the aesthetic I never knew I needed.
Amy Plum
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What Star Wars should be...in a perfect and very gay universe. LOVED LOVED LOVED!!!
Sana
Feb 27, 2018 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts  ·  review of another edition
WHAT A BADASS COVER, DAAAAMN

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FEMINIST. SPACE. OPERA.
Annemieke / A Dance with Books
4,5 stars

TW/CW: Mentioned Torture | Loss of Limb | Indoctrination  

Seven Devils is that one Sci-Fi book that I really looked forward to this year yet when I got an e-arc it took me forever to pick this up. I was so scared I wasn't going to love this. And I wanted too so much. I hadn't read anything by either author before and I have such high hopes for them as far as authors I'm going to like. So those are high expectations to fill already. But I am pleased to say that I really enjoyed this book
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Becca (Horners_book_corner)
I adore Laura Lam's writing style anyway, but when paired with Elizabeth May it just gets even better. Who even imagines up a YA/adult cross-over feminist 'Guardians of the Galaxy' style romp in space with queer characters, a heist and incredible technological voodoo?! This is a truly brilliant read with relatable characters and plot and is one of those books where I wish I had waited to read it as I need the next one immediately!

Check out my full review on Twwbookclub.co.uk
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2020/09/03/...

Seven Devils is the first book of a planned space opera duology by authors Laura Lam and Elizabeth May in their first collaboration. Set in a galaxy controlled by the oppressive Tholosian Empire, the book follows a group of seven plucky Novantaen Resistance members who will never stop fighting to free the billions of people living under the Empire’s iron rule.

First, we have Eris. Former heir to the Tholosian throne, she
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Izy
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, 2020
Rating~4.5 stars
What a thrilling ride Seven devils is!

TW: Violence, death, torture, xenophobia, all sorts of abuse (for the full list please visit here).

I started this going just a few chapters before I go to sleep and before I knew I’d finished it and it was morning. Thank god it was the weekend. 

Seven Devils introduces us to the Tholosians empire; with their genocidal tendencies, conquering planet after planet, a caste system which treats everyone not the ruling class like dirt (or I should sa
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Lucie
"None of us can change what's happened to us, but we can work on making things better."

I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I've been trying to get more into sci-fi lately, and I'm happy to say that Seven Devils was everything I could have wanted from a sci-fi novel! Seven Devils is a space opera following a group of women who are part of the resistance against a galactic empire, I mean, what more could you want?

It has a compelling and diverse
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Geonn Cannon
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Right after I say "Maybe I just don't like space opera books," I find this one. Take the women from The Expanse, mix them with the women from Firefly, and sit back to see what happens. Really fantastic, really queer (trans, bi, and lesbian representation all over the place on the crew), and a really good story tying them together. I feel like Harrow the Ninth will take a lot of the attention this book deserves, and that's a shame. Hopefully everyone who likes space adventures with a variety of l ...more
Sabrina
She looked out at the stars and planned her next game.
Queens kill king.
4.5 stars

If you enjoyed 'Six of Crows' or 'Star Wars', you'll probably like this one too! 'Seven Devils' boasts an epic interstellar journey of resistance and undercover ops against the totalitarian Tholosian Empire, over which stands the watchful gaze of the Oracle (also known as One), an AI program that brainwashes and surveils the regions under Tholosian rule. There are also distinct, diverse characters, including BIPO

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Filip
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, dystopia, 2020, rebels
Published by Gollancz
Genre: Science fiction
Series: Seven Devils #1 (of 2)
Pages: 448 (Hardcover)
Format: eARC
Review Copy: Courtesy of Will O’Mullane over at Gollancz.
Release Date: August 6, 2020


Rebellion is bloody business, but necessary – and with an ensemble as memorable as the one you’ll find within the pages of Seven Devils…quite a lot of fun, to boot.

Science fiction is a medium well-suited to offering a social commentary while building up an engaging story and setting. Politically charged—to
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Leticia
Aug 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I would like to thank NetGalley and DAW for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I probably wasn't the target audience for this book. I considered it not bad, but also not original enough. Many of the story elements reminded me of other YA books and the constant falling into backstory made it repetitive. This book, like many other YA books, would have profited with more words being cut during editing. There were interesting science fiction elements tough, therefore t
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Octavia
Thank you to DAW Publicity for the review copy!

Wow. Apparently this is what it feels like to have your still beating heart ripped right out of your chest.

I only finished Seven Devils a couple nights ago, but I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Boy, oh, boy, was it a wild ride! Equal parts feminism, humor, and gritty sci-fi action, this book is all kinds of awesome.

This story is told from the perspectives of five main characters: Clo (the mechanic), Eris (the rebel princess), Nyx (the soldi
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Dalziel Mapp
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt-rep, sci-fi
A feminist sci-fi story with plentyyyy of LQBTQ+ representation?

Check.

A fast-paced plot with defined characters I cared a lot about?

Check.

A painful wait to find out what happens next after a cliffhanger?

Check.
theresa
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 20-releases, lgbtq, arcs
Plot:
Seven resistance fighters come together from across the galaxy to help defeat the ruthless Tholossian Empire. When the resistance gets word of a heavily guarded Tholossian ship carrying deadly cargo, they send out Eris and Clo to gather intelligence. Unfortunately, the two women have been at each other’s throats ever since Clo found out that before she joined the resistance, Eris was the heir to the corrupt Empire. The mission goes from bad to worse when they discover three fugitives on the
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Gargee | Wilder Girl Reads
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Find this review on my blog

This book instantly reels you in with its Star Wars vibes. There is an all evil empire, hell bent on tyranny; and a resistance, hidden away on a sandy planet. But that is about where the similarities end. Seven Devils distinguishes itself with its intricate and realised worldbuilding, some very interesting characters, and a series of ITI missions (Impossible to Infiltrate).

Our heroes are not some rag-tag team, though they may seem like it. Each one of them brings somet
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Rachel H
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
It's unusual for me to not finish a book once I've started but I am not finding the characters or the plot particularly interesting. At 30% of the way through with plenty of other books on my tbr list I'm calling it a day with this.

I've given two stars for effort here. I like that there are female main characters and, so far as I have read, some suggestions that not everyone is straight. I also like the idea of military sci fi with women at the helm, and strong female soldier types. I'd like to
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Manon the Malicious
I was provided an ARC by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was so so so so good. I seriously loved it, I don't know where to start though. I went in just knowing that it was a feminist and queer space opera, and I love that I didn't know more.
I just fell for the characters one after the other and was so very engrossed by the entire plot. I really was captivated from the first sentence to the last. It really was that good. Perfectly gay and such a great cast, all
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Nicole N. (A Myriad of Books)
11/20/2019: One of the authors, Elizabeth May, has stated this is ADULT sci-fi via THIS TWITTER STATUS. Laura Lam/Amrbose, the other co-author, also stated that this book is NOT being marketed as a YA or published by a YA publisher. This is her Tweet regarding the aforementioned. ...more
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Laura Lam was born in the late eighties and raised near San Francisco, California, by two former Haight-Ashbury hippies.

After studying literature and creative writing at university, she relocated to Scotland to be with the partner she met online when they were teenagers and he insulted her taste in books and she insulted hi
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