- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins - US (18 February 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062802380
- ISBN-13: 978-0062802385
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.6 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 408 g
- Customer Reviews: 219 customer ratings
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"Smart dialog among sharp-witted characters, as well as tight action scenes and a bit of sex and romance all come together for an exciting tale across the stars. This fun debut frolics through the space opera setup with an exciting and brave new heroine."--Library Journal
"This is space-opera adventure and sweeping romance in equal parts, an enthralling and eminently satisfying book."--New York Times Book Review
"Along with her remarkable world building, Mihalik introduces rich supporting characters that are deftly drawn into both the running battles as well as the layered political intrigue... Polaris Rising sets a magnificent stage for Mihalik's next installment in the Consortium Rebellion trilogy."--BookPage.com
"Read this book. Right now. Immediately."--Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
"POLARIS RISING is space opera at its best, intense and addictive, a story of honor, courage, betrayal, and love. Jessie Mihalik is an author to watch."--Ilona Andrews, #1 New York Times bestelling author
"I loved everything about this story...when I finished and the story left me craving more of this world and characters. Highly recommend!"
--Jeffe Kennedy, RITA Award winning author
"The badass space princess adventure we deserve."--Kit Rocha, New York Times bestselling author
"Heart-pounding futuristic action and scorching chemistry make Polaris Rising a thrilling ride. A gripping and sexy space adventure!"--Amanda Bouchet, USA Today bestselling author of The Kingmaker Chronicles
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A space princess on the run and a notorious outlaw soldier become unlikely allies in this imaginative, sexy space opera adventure--the first in an exciting science fiction trilogy.
In the very distant future, the universe is officially ruled by the Royal Consortium, but the High Councillors, the heads of the three High Houses, wield the true power. As the fifth of six children, Ada von Hasenberg has no authority; her only value to her High House is as a pawn in a political marriage. When her father arranges for her to wed a noble from House Rockhurst, a man she neither wants nor loves, Ada seizes control of her own destiny. The spirited princess flees before the betrothal ceremony and disappears among the stars.
Ada has eluded her father's forces for two years, but now her luck has run out. To ensure she cannot escape again, the fiery princess is thrown into a prison cell with Marcus Loch. Known as the Devil of Fornax Zero, Loch is rumored to have killed his entire chain of command during the Fornax Rebellion, and the Consortium wants his head.
When the ship returning them to Earth is attacked by a battle cruiser from rival House Rockhurst, Ada realizes that if her jilted fiancé captures her, she'll become a political prisoner and a liability to her House. Her only hope is to strike a deal with the dangerous fugitive: a fortune if he helps her escape.
But when you make a deal with an irresistibly attractive devil, you may lose more than you bargained for. . .
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It was a fun read - Ada von Hasenberg went on the run to escape an arranged marriage, and spends 2 years flying all over space evading those trying to capture her. When her luck runs out, she finds herself imprisoned with Marcus Loch, a dangerous fugitive. These 2 join forces to escape, and spend the rest of the book basically on the run, being recaptured and escaping again. And again.
Ada was a fun character - she's smart, tough, and very capable of looking after herself and those close to her. Loch is more of a mysterious character, who keeps his cards close to his chest for the majority of the story. I would have LOVED some of the chapters to be from his POV, I really wanted to know more about him and what was going on inside his head during some of the scenes.
I am interested in continuing the series, but the pre-order for the ebook for Aurora Blazing is $22.99. eek. That's a lot for an ebook. Hopefully it will come down in price at some stage as well.
My main negative would be that I didn’t feel the love between the hero and heroine. Plenty of fierce loyalty and attraction, but I didn’t get the softer emotion. It makes sense though because they weren’t together very long and they are both very guarded people. However, I would’ve liked to feel the emotion that they evidently had for each other to go to the extremes that they did.
Another thing that annoyed me is we don’t find out about the hero’s past love. It was alluded to, but never explained. If it wasn’t going to be shared, and didn’t add anything to the story, then why mention it at all? PMO 😂
I enjoyed the world building. It was done deftly without dumping loads on me all at once. Ada, was a capable heroine, independent and smart. Loch, is where the author failed to step up for me. Sure, let the man have some secrets and be an enigma in the beginning, but for Ada and the reader to truly fall in love with him we have to know him. And other than uncovering a few of his secrets and his jealousy issues... well, I have nothing. The author stopped his development arc about the 60% mark and it really hurt the story
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So Loch, our hero, has a lot to live up to. Which he does, admirably, in his own way, without being emasculated by Ada. He supports her, stands by her, fights his own battles - and is big and sexy and, when the need arises, a champion hugger!
She has sisters who stand by her despite her being on the run from their father, sisters who sort things for her, and help as they can, and there are two supporting characters who are well drawn, and pretty capable a well.
As well as a good mystery/how do we stop a war sort of book, with some ok sc-fi bits and bobs, this is also a romance - nothing slushy and no insta-lurve, fate and events mean they are forced to take time to get to know each other before the inevitable consummation, which is nicely lacking any purple prose or crudities, and tells you just enough for you to get the picture!
So, as is probably evident, I liked this. I like books with competent capable women who don't get all silly when a man flexes his pecs at them, and a man who knows when what's needed most is a cuddle.
This is expensive for a kindle book from a new author. I've read the author's novelette The Queen's Gambit, and am following the serialised sequel to that on her website, so I wasn't diving into the unknown. This is worth the pennies - it's well written, engaging, and will take re-reads, always a key test for me.
Expect to be wowed by insane skills and crazy, reckless, action scenes. Ava and Loch are unstoppable, and I was whooping inside reading about their escapades.
Really clever, tight plot. Great secondary characters. Finishes too soon. What else do you want? Read it.
If you want the good stuff, stick to Bujold, Moon, Weber, Modesitt, Ringo, Scalzi, Banks and MacCaffrey. There are many others better than this.
No need to avoid, but certainly nothing worth real money or a series!
I also loved the world building, the technology and the houses (both across houses and within; the family set up makes it easy to relate to this distant future).
However.....worth a read and will take a look at what else the author has written.