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Relic of Sorrows: Fallen Empire, Book 4 (Volume 4) Paperback – July 27, 2016
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 27, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 254 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1535569522
- ISBN-13 : 978-1535569521
- Item Weight : 13.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.64 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,991,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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She also considers thievery, as we've seen in the other books, but doesn't follow through primarily because she wants to keep Leonidas' good opinion of her, if that might be possible. She can be manipulative, but isn't very good at it. She can't help but let it out when she feels snarkiness welling up inside of her, but thinks she is charming because of it. Despite all these character defects, she IS charming, and it's easy to see why the various men are drawn to her.
Leonidas, on the other hand, is, contrary to the reputation most cyborgs have, upstanding, capable of friendship, and probably love, ethical, brave, protective, very smart, and introspective. Alisa, and gradually, the others in the group, have come to realize these things about him, and to value him, and his opinions. We learn, in this book, one of his great secrets, which, because of all the foreshadowing done, is not much of a secret when he finally reveals it to Alisa.
The two also finally get together, as much as they can. While this is happening, she is being pursued by Abelardus, who manages to throw several curves at her, and causes discord between she and Leo. Because of the secret we learn about Alisa, (which was also a secret to her), we know why he is doing this. This results in some fairly enjoyable scenes between the two of them. Enjoyable to the reader, at any rate.
We learn what the orb is that Alejandro has carried with him throughout the various voyages, and get to finally see it in action. The circumstances around this are, actually, surprising, and open up a whole avenue of further plotlines. It's hard to describe these scenes without including lots and lots of spoilers, so I'm not going to. Just be assured that it's really, really worth reading.
None of the other crew members or passengers get much time, and we don't really learn much more about them. It's the plot that is primarily furthered in this installment. We've gotten beyond all the searching for the relic, which is now found, and because of Alisa's cleverness, is in the possession of this group, instead of all the other powerful people who have been looking for it. The book ends here, and we can only surmise that as soon as the Alliance discovers that they have been tricked, they will come storming after them.
There has been no action on the search for Jelena this time, but Leo has agreed to stay with Alisa and work for her while she searches for her daughter.
There IS plenty of action and excitement in this book, (it's a Buroker novel, after all), but nothing like the previous ones. The value in this one is in the background information we gain, and in movement of the plot. The next book is going to be fantastic. It will include the search for Jelena, a search for Torian, (the Emperor's missing son), possibly the kidnapping of Dr. Tiang, (the researcher newly introduced into the story, who is knowledgeable about cyborg workings), and the conspiracy which is beginning to form between Abelardus and Alejandro to either force, or convince Alisa to use her newly found power to aid them in their ultimate mission.
This series is my newest guilty pleasure. I tear through the books when I get my hands on them. Buroker has some stock characters that she writes over and over, and Alisa is one of them. That being said, I never get tired of it. I love the way the author writes her women. She is also generous with her men, and gives them interior lives that are as rich as the women. Even among the peripheral characters, you'll never find a cardboard figure. Everyone is fully fleshed and interesting in their own right.
The whole series is a 5 Star series. If you happen upon this review, and don't already know this author, take this opportunity to discover your next favorite book. You will go on to collect the whole catalogue, because, well, you just will.
This volume features shipboard battles with androids, autonomous robotic weaponry, and deadly radiation; revelations about what recruits to the cyborg program had to give up; and an unexpected discovery about Alisa's own heritage; plus an honest conversation about what they both wish for. Abelardus is uncomfortably interested in Alisa, and has little compunction about intruding into her thoughts, adding to Alisa's problems. As they approach the long-hidden location that Leonidas pinpointed, it becomes all too clear that it's not hidden any more, and the Star Nomad will have stiff competition, including Alisa's old Alliance colleague Commander Tomich, who must once again deal with her unclear loyalties.
A quick read that I quite enjoyed. I don't recall any prooifreading goofs, either. I just have to decide whether I want to pick up Cleon Moon right away, or read something else waiting in my TBR queue first.
P.S. Don't forget, if you subscribe to the Fallen Empire newsletter via the author's website, you can get the "2nd Epilogue"| bonus scene, and a couple more extras from throughout the series, free!
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Ancient relics, cyborgs, Alliance rebels, Imperial sympathisers, secret societies and plenty of humour make this an enjoyable successor to the free omnibus. Can't wait for the next one.
As well as the sci fi there is a touch of paranormal about some of the characters. Each book is an individual adventure introducing more characters as the quests continue.
Very appealing book with a lot of humour and action. Really recommend the whole series though it is best appreciated by reading in the correct order.
I appreciate getting to know each one of these enjoyable characters better, while still sustaining the narrative arc, tension and humour. I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series.
the science fiction is juvenile, the plot thin, the characters interesting but more like caricatures. somehow buroker transcends the limitations of over-priced space-opera and her own cynical greed with sardonic humour and skill. worth the money, just.
We see a new character added to the cast of characters aboard the Space Nomad. Abelardus, a StarSeer who they picked up at they left his order's base at the end of the third book. Abelardus sees himself having a romantic interest in Alisa Marchenko and keeps coming between her and Leonidas the Cyborg with whom Alisa is hoping to kindle a relationship. This adds a little more to the character development that we are starting to see in the series.
All those aboard the Nomad are in pursuit of their own goals and the degree to which individual goals align continues to fluctuate. The main development centres around the quest for an ancient StarSeer artifact that, long ago, was hidden and almost forgotten. Everyone is after this artifact. If you see the StarSeers as Jedi then the artifact might be the light sabre of a long dead Jedi but if you prefer a Harry Potter analogy, it is the Elder wand.
Whatever, everyone wants it, not just those aboard the Nomad but also the military from both side of the war in which the Empire was defeated as well as an assortment of tomb raiders and other seekers of fortune.
Alisa Marchenko also learns something about herself which surprises and disturbs her too.
The story is well paced with lots of action and although nothing is resolved, we do see progress on most fronts.
I am happy that I read this and it left me looking forward to continuing with the next book in the series.