Seven Devils Review

Seven Devils

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This first book in a feminist space opera duology follows seven resistance fighters who will free the galaxy from the ruthless Tholosian Empire — or die trying.

When Eris faked her death, she thought she had left her old life as the heir to the galaxy’s most ruthless empire behind. But her recruitment by the Novantaen Resistance, an organization opposed to the empire’s voracious expansion, throws her right back into the fray.

Eris has been assigned a new mission: to infiltrate a spaceship ferrying deadly cargo and return the intelligence gathered to the Resistance. But her partner for the mission, mechanic and hotshot pilot Cloelia, bears an old grudge against Eris, making an already difficult infiltration even more complicated.

When they find the ship, they discover more than they bargained for: three fugitives with firsthand knowledge of the corrupt empire’s inner workings.

Together, these women possess the knowledge and capabilities to bring the empire to its knees. But the clock is ticking: the new heir to the empire plans to disrupt a peace summit with the only remaining alien empire, ensuring the empire’s continued expansion. If they can find a way to stop him, they will save the galaxy. If they can’t, millions may die.

My Review

Sometimes I don’t need a pick me up but a really good Sci-fi story. Dipping into Seven Devils I realized that I needed the Sci-fi story, I loved immersing into the Galaxy that Lam and May have created and really they’ve done it seamlessly as you would never think this was written by two people.

The Tholosian Empire is like a good few empires, it has become drunk on its own power over the time its reigned and the ruthless grip with which it holds the galaxy doesn’t seem capable of relaxing. It has brainwashed its citizens for the good of the Empire, given them software to keep them from becoming troublesome and tamping down on their free will but there may be some trouble brewing.

Where there’s a force of evil like the Tholosian Empire, there’s always someone trying to give them hell. The Novantaen Resistance also has a secret ‘weapon,’ while the Empire thinks that the heir to it is dead, Eris remains alive and part of the resistance.

What should have been a rather quick mission for Eris and her once friend Clo, turns into a mission that could save them from the Empire, if they can work with the three fugitives they’ve picked up along the way.

Wonderfully written, the pacing did take a while to find its feet and not drag but when it did, it was a brilliant job at it.

Our group of Rebels is lovable and they each have something to bring to the table in this dangerous mission.

I think Eris was probably my favorite and while I loved them all if I had to say which one I maybe could have done without, it’s Clo, unfortunately her character felt a bit whiny at times and I wanted to shake her because everyone is dealing with so much crap in that group lol not just her.

The empire is fleshed out with a long conquering history and vibrant culture, and their rivals are shrouded in the unknown to us and yet they seem to be not so different from humans in the few things we see.

The story doesn’t just travel from the different POVs of our ‘Devils’ but also gives flashbacks to give us the background stories on them, so I did enjoy that quite a bit.

Overall I thought it was just a really fun novel and was actually a bit surprised with the twist at the end, but also, just shocked at the last few chapters in general lol, I cannot wait for book 2!

5/5 Cups of coffee from me, thanks so much to Gollancz for sending me a copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion. [To see the regular UK hardback next to the Illumicrate version, check out my Instagram!]

Elizabeth May’s Seven Devils Playlist

Cymera Festival’s Panel with Lam and May

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