“Sword and Star” by Sunny Moraine is an exciting tale set in a wonderfully imaginative universe. There are impressive powers and plenty of secondary conflicts with multiple relationships that are in flux or jeopardy. Unfortunately, this is the third book in the series and there are a LOT of characters who share history…which I am not familiar with, so it is a bit difficult to understand the nuances and the implications of certain developments. Those who are squeamish should be warned there are a few challenging scenes that get a bit gory. I think this story should NOT be read as a stand-alone but it will be appreciated by those who like exciting science fiction tales, as long as the previous books have been read.
This science fiction story is the third book in the ‘Root Code’ series. It follows a group of rebels who are trying to find a safe harbor but seem to be fighting a losing battle to survive, despite the remarkable abilities of several of their number. A vicious and evil alliance threatens to destroy all they hold dear, and they may not have the resources to continue resisting, and formerly solid relationships may crumble under the strain of attack.
Three months after a brutal battle at Peris, Adam Yuga, Lochlan D’Bideshi, and their rebel fleet are embroiled in a new conflict. But things aren’t going well. Even with Lock’s homeship, Ashwina, at the head of the fleet, the Protectorate forces are adapting to their tactics. Before long, two devastating blows send the ragtag rebels on the run. But the greatest threat may come from within.
Since the battle at Peris, Protectorate loyalist Isaac Sinder’s determination to eliminate the rebel fleet has only intensified—along with his ambition. The Protectorate is decaying, and it’s clear to Isaac that only he can save it, by any means necessary.
As the situation worsens for the rebels, the strain begins to tell on everyone. But more than exhaustion grows within Adam. Something alien has started to change him. Lochlan fights to hold on, but even he may not be able to follow Adam down the dark road ahead.
As Isaac’s obsession turns to insanity, it becomes evident that more sinister plans than his are at work. Bound together by threads of fate and chance, Adam and Lochlan turn their eyes toward a future that may tear them apart—if they’re lucky enough to survive it at all.