I received this book for free from the Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Hunt the Stars by Jessie Mihalik
Series: Starlight's Shadow #1
Published by Harper Voyager on February 1, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Science Fiction / Space Opera
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The critically acclaimed author of Polaris Rising takes readers on an exciting journey with the start of her brand-new series about a female bounty hunter and the man who is her sworn enemy.
“Jessie Mihalik is an author to watch.” — Ilona Andrews, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Octavia Zarola would do anything to keep her tiny, close-knit bounty hunting crew together—even if it means accepting a job from Torran Fletcher, a ruthless former general and her sworn enemy. When Torran offers her enough credits to not only keep her crew afloat but also hire someone to fix her ship, Tavi knows that she can’t refuse—no matter how much she’d like to.
With so much money on the line, Torran and his crew insist on joining the hunt. Tavi reluctantly agrees because while the handsome, stoic leader pushes all of her buttons—for both anger and desire—she’s endured worse, and the massive bonus payment he’s promised for a completed job is reason enough to shut up and deal.
But when they uncover a deeper plot that threatens the delicate peace between humans and Valoffs, Tavi suspects that Torran has been using her as the impetus for a new war. With the fate of her crew balanced on a knife’s edge, Tavi must decide where her loyalties lie—with the quiet Valoff who’s been lying to her, or with the human leaders who left her squad to die on the battlefield. And this time, she’s put her heart on the line.
I had such a good time with this book! I have heard so many great things about Jessie Mihalik’s books so I jumped at the opportunity to read this book which is the start of a new series. This book grabbed my attention right away and never let go. I was completely entertained by this well-done story.
After some intense negotiations, Tavi and the rest of the Starlight crew agree to take a job from Torran Fletcher, a Valoff General. It hasn’t been all that long since humans were at war with the Valoffs so tensions are high from the start. Torran and his team join Tavi and hers aboard the Starlight as they make their way to the planet Valovia. I really enjoyed getting to watch these two groups of people learn to get along and eventually become part of a team. Once they land on Valovia, the book does shift gears as they work to fulfill their mission.
I really liked the characters in this book. Tavi and Torran were both very highly principled leaders. It wasn’t long before the spark between them flared to life. I liked that they didn’t act on anything right away but really got to know each other first. The rest of the team were equally well done and each added an important element to the story. Luna was a great addition to the story and I loved that she was such a big part of the story.
I would highly recommend this book to others. I found this to be a really exciting book filled with great characters and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment in this wonderful series.
I received a review copy of this book from Harper Voyager.
So glad this was such an exciting read for you, Carole! Hope the other instalments will be as wonderful as this one 🙂
Oh this author is new to me but I love the sound of this Thanks
So lovely that you enjoyed this one! I haven’t read a science fiction in a long time, you’ve inspired me to remember the genre. 🙂
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Oh yay, I need a good escapist, thrilling read. How would you say the romance was balanced? That was my only sticking point with her last series.
It definitely has a romantic element but that doesn’t really play a big part in the book until later on. I liked that they stayed focused on the mission. I can’t really compare this book to any of the author’s other works since this is the first book by this author that I have read. I hope this helps.
Nice to hear you enjoyed this one! I liked her Polaris Rising series and just recently realized she had a new release. My daughter loves her writing, too. Off to request a library copy.
Omg I need this one!