Thursday, September 28, 2017

End Game by Lindsay Buroker [Review]

 End Game by Lindsay Buroker
End Game (Fallen Empire #8) by Lindsay Buroker
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Date read: February 12, 2017

Fallen Empire
0.5. Last Command
1. Star Nomad
1.5. Saranth Three
2. Honor's Flight
2.5. Starfall Station
3. Starseers
4. Relic of Sorrows
5. Cleon Moon
6. Arkadian Skies
7. Perilous Hunt
8. End Game - Kindle
8.5. Hope Springs
9. Cyborg Legacy

Lindsay Buroker
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Alisa Marchenko has reunited with her daughter, and even though she hasn’t figured out how to get Jelena to accept Leonidas yet, she dreams of the three of them starting a new life together. They can return the Star Nomad to its original purpose of running freight and staying out of trouble (mostly).

Before that can happen, Alisa must fulfill the promise she made to Jelena: that she and her crew will retrieve young Prince Thorian, the boy who has become Jelena’s best friend. But Thorian was kidnapped by the rogue Starseer Tymoteusz, the man who wants to use the Staff of Lore to take over the entire system—and the man who may have the power to do it. Alisa doesn’t know why he kidnapped Thorian, but Tymoteusz once promised to kill the prince, so she fears they don’t have much time.

Unfortunately, Tymoteusz hasn’t left a trail of breadcrumbs. Finding him will be difficult, and even if they’re successful, facing him could be suicidal. To have a chance of surviving, Alisa will have to come up with her greatest scheme yet.
Thoughts on End Game: Oh, what a satisfying ending to this series. I mean, I'd gladly join Alisa, Leonidas and the rest of the crew on more adventures, but the ending of the overall arc made me happy. I like when things go boom. And other things come together (like the loins of our two beleaguered former adversaries.) (Actually, adversaries might be too strong a word. They were on different sides. Let's leave it at that.)

Anywho. As far as Alisa goes, getting her daughter back is only the first step. Jelena is wary of Leonidas and not ready to see her mom canoodling with someone other than her dad. Alisa isn't thrilled with some of the Starseers aboard and is battling mom-guilt as she tries to reconnect with her daughter.

Plus, there's the constant danger the Nomad seems to end up in. Alisa certainly has a knack for being in the middle of things as they blow up around them.

Seriously, I'm going to miss these guys. They're snarky and a little crazed and there's never a dull moment with this crew. From what I can see, there are plenty more adventures waiting for a pilot who doesn't understand the word no and a cyborg who now has the universe at his fingertips.

(And, yes, I will ABSOLUTELY be reading the spin-off series. NO doubt.)

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