Petty criminal Zara Cole has a painful past that’s made her stronger than most, which is why she chose life in New Detroit instead moving with her family to Mars. In her eyes, living inside a dome isn’t much better than a prison cell.
Still, when Zara commits a crime that has her running scared, jail might be exactly where she’s headed. Instead Zara is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathan–a race of sentient alien ships–to explore the outer reaches of the universe as their passengers.
Zara seizes the chance to flee Earth’s dangers, but when she meets Nadim, the alien ship she’s assigned, Zara starts to feel at home for the first time. But nothing could have prepared her for the dark, ominous truths that lurk behind the alluring glitter of starlight.
You might be wondering why I have tagged a clearly Science Fiction book in to Wyrd and Wonder which is after all a celebration of all things Fantasy. The answer is relatively simple – Honor Among Thieves is the perfect Science Fiction book for Fantasy readers.
Rather than complicated mechanical ships and lots of science ‘Honors’ gives us living sentient ships, almost like giant space whales, the Leviathan have distinct personalities. This makes them a lot more like the magical/sentient animals found in Fantasy books than a space vessel (even one with AI)
I loved Zara, she was strong, capable but also vulnerable in very believable ways. Her decisions always made sense and she developed over the course of the book.
Watching her build friendships with Nadim (the Leviathan she travels with) and co-Honor Bea was delightful. I loved the developing bond between Zara and Nadim, a bond that went past words but never seemed out of place.
There’s plenty of action to be had in this book as well. If you like genuinely strong female leads, action and friendships this a book you will love. I’ll definitely be reading the others in the trilogy.
With thanks to Harper360 for a copy in exchange for honest review.
Honor Among Thieves is available now.