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That's enough for me.
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2016
Well, I had to give up on this series. I'm a big fan of Buroker's Emperor's Edge and Dragon Blood books, and even read the Rust & Relics series when I needed a diversion between other books I was reading. So when I saw that she had a new sci-fi series, I decided to check it out. The first book in the series was okay, and it intrigued me enough to keep going. And since I had nothing else to read, I continued with the series. I started to question things early on when Alisa didn't seem that focused on finding her young kidnapped daughter (as some other reviewers have mentioned). Why bother throwing in the kidnapped daughter plot if you just want the characters to have wacky space adventures? And then I started to find Alisa and her crew to be less and less likable. Alisa has no money, but she keeps Beck employed because she likes him, even though the fact that the mafia is after him causes them no end of trouble? Abelardus relentlessly and aggressively sexually harasses her, at one point in the series using his mind-control powers to basically give her mental roofies to sexually assault her (after she has repeatedly made it VERY clear that she has no interest in him), and she LET'S HIM STAY ON THE SHIP, where he continues to aggressively sexually harass her throughout the series. The worst part is that the author plays these moments (not the assault itself, but all the harassment afterwards) as comedy! Sexual harassment is not funny! Just because the dude (or lady) is hot, doesn't make it okay! Speaking of sexual harassment, Alisa doesn't give poor Leonidis much of a break on that account, either. Really? Go find your daughter! Daughter now, cyborg sex later. Say it with me, Alisa.
I had to give up on this 6th book halfway through after struggling through the previous five, waiting for things to improve and for the plot to go somewhere, but I'm done. I will continue to recommend the Emperor's Edge and Dragon Blood series to friends, but Fallen Empire is just not for me, and I can't recommend it to others.