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(Sirantha Jax #3)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  4,994 ratings  ·  343 reviews
It’s not easy to tread lightly wearing steel-toed boots.

Sirantha Jax isn’t known for diplomatic finesse. As a “Jumper” who navigates ships through grimspace, she’s used to kicking ass first and taking names later—much later. Not exactly the obvious choice to sell the Conglomerate to the Ithtorians, a people whose opinions of humans are as hard as their exoskeletons.

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Mass Market Paperback, 302 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Ace (first published August 29th 2009)
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Humans. Bugs. Kick ass ambassadors. Infuriating theta waves hunks. The whole universe.
BR with my fellow junkies Shelly & Jaime. Because we're Jax addicts. There's no hope for us at this point.

Holy Fragging Mary of Anabolic Grace.

This book. This series.

Rejoice and get the maracas out of storage because this will be a short review. Yes it will. No empty promises this time. Cross my heart, hope to die and all that.

This review will be short because:

This book is too A.W.E.S.O.M.E. for words.

I'd rather be reading Killbox than writing this review.

There's no point in trying to
Liz* Fashionably Late
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

The reason why this series was so damn good is because Jax didn't give a rat's ass about anything. She was irreverent, she spoke her mind and never compromised.
In the passive role of Ambassador, we're forced to see her in the middle of plots and political dealings. And let me tell you, the price is too high because Jax is far from being the fun, unapologetic kickass character I've come to love. Instead, we got philosopher brown bird and white wave (?)

The plot seems to b
Apr 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: bug fans
Recommended to Orient by: bug fans
I’ve read three books in the series and now I experience some different feelings. In some way I liked the series, it had points that kept me hooked, but not quite long enough. So now I have a dilemma: to read or not to read further. I have to admit, Ann Aguirre writes well. The plot in this book is quite good, attractive and quite action packed (maybe less than I expected after reading the first book). This “quite” is killing me! But I can’t escape it because this book is quite good.
At first I
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
This is an incredible addition to the series, probably the best one yet. Even though I loved the action in Wanderlust, the relationship angst really bothered me. That's why I waited a month or so before daring to read Doubleblind. I'm happy to say that it brings a nice equilibrium to everything that's been grating on my nerves. In Grimspace, and especially in Wanderlust, March seemed to suffer from multiple personality disorder. He was a perfect lover, Jax's punching bag/doormat and Universal So ...more
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Well, all I have to say is, if you’ve stopped reading this series after book two (Wanderlust), then please give it another chance! This was the best installment so far. With the first two books my reviews were a bit like, “I loved it…except for…” and “if it weren’t for this then I would have loved it.” But this book needs no qualifiers. I loved it all the way through!

Sirantha has just arrived on Ithiss-Tor (finally), in an attempt to gain an alliance against the brutal, gluttonous Morgut. Everyo
Apr 30, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, vaginal-sf
I really do LOVE the world that has been built here by the author. It very much feels like a Mass Effect game in a book. The key to everything is the relationships, and this author definitely excels in interesting character types and conflicts. Jax is awesome, and this book definitely matured up her impetuousness and self-destruction in a real way I really enjoyed.

I had some issues with the ending and how it wrapped up, because I felt like it came a bit from nowhere, the end culprit of it all, b
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wanna know what has been happening in Australian Politics this week?

Seriously, that is Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, eating a raw onion like an apple for absolutely no actual reason.

Tone, pls.

Unlike that idiot, my brand new spirit animal, Ambassador Sirantha Jax, does politics, not by eating raw onions, but with ruthless snark and much badassery.

Holy shit, is that a giant crab? No, that's my foot.

Except for then. Because, drugs.

After book II, I was expecting this book to be action
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
3.5 that I'm rounding up. This was a subdued Jax entry, but enjoyable. I like my slightly trashy sci-fi, what can I say? I enjoyed the character development for Vel a great deal in this one. (I wish he was her romantic interest, I must admit. March is getting boring/creepy.) ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Oct 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, favourite, 2009
With Morgut attacks on space stations and planetary settlements escalating, the ousted Farwan Corporation's supporters pirating space ships, and the Syndicate coming out in the open to offer protection from the Morgut - for the right price, the success of Sirantha Jax's mission as the Conglomerate's ambassador to Ithiss-Tor has never been more important. She needs to broker an alliance with the one species who successfully drove off the Morguta couple of centuries before, but there's a big probl ...more
Anzu The Great Destroyer

Well now I’m disappointed. I was expecting something great like the rest of the books from this series and what did I get? Politics. Lots and lots of politics. I didn’t like the story at all, not even the ending. I’m not happy with this book and I’m not really looking forward to reading the next one. There are many little things that irritated me besides this whole politics crap. Most of them are related to the characters, which I used to love. Not I don’t anymore!

Mar 22, 2015 marked it as reviews-say-no
I've seen where this series is going and me no likey. I don't want to put myself through that kind of pain. ...more
Jen Davis
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Life is never easy for Sirantha Jax. With every step forward she takes in her life, comes at least one step back. With every hard-won victory, comes a heartbreaking loss. But what is so undeniable about this character is her resiliency. She is no superwoman. She is vulnerable, breakable, and flawed. But no matter how hard of a hit she takes, she manages to get up again and keep moving. She is also loyal, smart, and so much more than anyone gives her credit for. It’s a combination that makes for ...more
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It probably comes as a surprise that prior to picking up this novel, I was very nearly finished with this series. Wanderlust was a sorry companion to the kick-ass series that Grimspace promised and I wasn't quite sure if I wanted to continue - especially when the path ahead seemed to be littered with angst, drama, and unnecessary situations. Thankfully, though, I took a gamble on Doublebind and am so glad I did. Unsurprisingly, this installment will not be a favorite among all readers, mostly be ...more
Doublebind is quite different to the previous books in the series, there's less action and more politics as Jax and her crew have finally arrived on Ithiss-Tor and she has to put her diplomatic skills to the test. We all know Jax as someone who speaks first and thinks later but she has to completely put her impulsive nature to one side and make nice with the locals if she wants any chance of building an alliance between humans and the Ithtorians. Although some of the Ithtorians are open to the a ...more
May 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I find myself rating this entire series 5 stars, even though there are flaws in the story. But the books are so enjoyable, especially for someone who is not a huge fan of heavy-handed science fiction. These are light, quick reads and a whole lot of fun.

My major complaint - I wish these were longer and I wish Aguirre would go into further detail with her characters, alien worlds, and cultures.

More than anything, I loved reading about the friendship between two of the main characters, one a human
I loved seeing some growth in Sirantha, as she figured out how to navigate the political world, make alliances, and curb her impulsive instincts. But I have to admit that Jax still irritates me with the way she nearly always thinks in cost/benefit ratio to herself. It's not so much just that, but then she tries to say things like "I'd walk through fire for him," and her internal thoughts just don't match. It makes me not believe her when she says stuff like that.

My heart was breaking for March.
Feb 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010, sci-fi
OH!!!! Superb! I thought I was going to be a little bored with this because Sirantha acts as an ambassador, and there's a lot of political talk and cultural discussions but I found it to be fascinating. Aguirre created an entire people with all of these customs, and made it so believable. I found Sirantha to be so vulnerable in this book, in the others she was strong and impulsive but she was so sad here. All she wanted was to help create peace, and to ensure that a huge, destructive war wouldn' ...more
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Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: a-own-it, sci-fi
I liked it, but I don't know that it's anything I'd ever re-read. These are just short fun books. ...more
This third book of the Grimspace series takes place entirely on the xenophobic planet of Ithiss-Tor. Jax has finally arrived to act as Ambassador to the "Bugs" who are desperately needed to strengthen the Conglomerate's position against the Morgut. There is danger every step of the way as Jax navigates the treacherous waters of diplomacy with a mostly hostile species. Intrigue, betrayal, and the nuances of cross-cultural communication make this a fascinating read - a definite change of pace from ...more
The Flooze
Jan 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I've just closed the cover on Doubleblind, the third Jax novel, and all I can think is: when will enough be enough?

Ambassador Jax finally arrives on Ithiss-Tor to broker an alliance with the Bugs. It's a mission of paramount importance; success could mean the salvation of humanity. At the very least, having the Ithtorians join the Conglomerate will lessen the threat on one of multitudinous hostile fronts. Or so they hope. But how much of herself will Jax have to relinquish to get the job done?

Yaaay! While this book is certainly an emotional read, it wasn't as dark a book as the previous in the series. At the end of the previous book Sirantha finally made it to the alien planet she was assigned to delegate negotiations for an alliance. The beginning of this book starts right where it left off. Things are much more complicated than they seem and Sirantha has to rely more on her crew than usual. She especially has to rely Vel, whom I love, since March is still in a state from events at ...more
Jul 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Umaiya ❄️Ramblings of a Scattered Mind❄️

This book. Probably my favourite in the series.
Holy shit, you guys!
It really hit me hard.
I was definitely crying with Jax. It was so real.
Right in the feels. All of it.

3.5 stars
Cheryl La Pa
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-mar
I am still thoroughly enjoying this series though this one was not my favourite. I missed the snarky, impulsive Sirantha, her deep connection with March and the team dynamics.

Sirantha is on a delicate diplomatic mission on Ithiss-Tor, which is inhabited by bug like aliens and she must fight her impulses to remain calm, collected and focused, while remembering to abide by the proper customs and protocol. She is assisted mainly by Vel (my favourite character and a bug to boot) and Constance (her
Sep 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Let me just put it out there that I am an Ann Aguirre fan girl. I have only recently discovered the Sirantha Jax series and have been quite spoiled that I have gotten to read all three quite close together. The latest installment, Doubleblind, only furthers my enjoyment of this series.

Sirantha Jax is an ambassador on a mission to try to get Ithiss-Tor to join the Conglomerate. The Morgut, hideous almost unstoppable creatures are on the rise, literally eating their way through space. The Ithtoria
Feb 18, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Jax Fans
Shelves: good-uns, scifi
I know what you're gonna say. "Um, Angie? DOUBLEBLIND came out like five months ago. What are you doing reviewing it in February? And you call yourself a fan..." Before you judge me too harshly, I thought I'd lost it. I've been ransacking my house for months trying to find it and hadn't replaced it because I knew it just had to be there somewhere. But it was starting to get a bit ridiculous and just when I was about to go buy another copy, I found it! I won't tell you where because it's embarras ...more
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If you’re looking for a great read that has action, politics, relationship issues and some angst, then the Sirantha Jax series is for you. All of the things I just listed are present in spades and the combination makes for a really entertaining read.

Ann Aguirre doesn’t straw away from the politics in this one. When Jax and her crew arrive at Ithiss-Tor, there is a lot of tension because the Bugs don’t want anything to do with them. In fact, such open hostility makes for
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
This is a 4.75 simply because I feel that there was a step that could've been elongated.

I really want to go into details but I won't. Instead I will focus on a few things.

My heart broke so many times during this book. So. many. times. Between the breakdown of men, the breakdown and shattering courage to rebuild relationships, dangers, plots and betrayals this book did a number on me. I would almost call it toxic but I enjoyed it way too much!

The action was a little slower as this book focused mo
Feb 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, scifi
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ann Aguirre has been a clown, a clerk, a savior of stray kittens, and a voice actress, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in Mexico with her family. She writes all kinds of genre fiction, but she has an eternal soft spot for a happily ever after.

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