Saturday, 6 August 2016

In the Devil's Nebula by Anna Hackett

Title: In the Devil's Nebula
Series: The Phoenix Adventures (#2)
Author: Anna Hackett
From: Netgalley
Genre: Sci-fi, Space Opera, Romance
Release Date: 14th July 2014
Challenges: 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Blogger Shame, Summer COYER 2016, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): He lost it all. His career, his woman, his sanity. Two years ago, on a deadly mission to the lawless Devil’s Nebula, Commander Zayn Phoenix’s life imploded. Now the former Strike Wing pilot fills his days with dangerous adventures alongside his treasure hunter brothers. But his nights are another story: haunted by nightmares of one unforgivable act. Until an assassin lures him into a hunt. A hunt for her freedom from the Assassin’s Guild. A hunt for a derringer used in an ancient and infamous assassination—of old Earth president, Abraham Lincoln. Zayn is compelled to join the perilous adventure with Ria Dante that will take them straight into the heart of the Devil’s Nebula, but not for money, fame or treasure. He joins because Ria has the face of the woman he left for dead in the Nebula years before. 

This was the perfect mix of action, romance and light heartedness. It's not a heavy read but there was definitely enough substance to the book to find it engaging and enjoyable to the reader. In the Devil's Nebula is the second book in the series, and while I don't think you have to have read the first book in order to enjoy this one, there are referernces to the events as well as characters. 

In fact the way that the events of the first book still affected the two characters (Dathan and Eos) worked well for me. It didn't feel like At Star's End just happened and was then forgotten, instead there were longer lasting consequences. Including affects on the mission in In the Devil's Nebula too. 

Ria was a very strong female character. She not only could fend for herself but she could protect other people as well. However there was also a more sensative side to her which she showed on several occasions and helped make her a more well rounded character. 

There was good chemistry between Zayn and Ria, both physically and emotionally. Things were complicated by the ghost of Viktoria, but I liked that the two of them didn't just brush it under the carpet. Instead it was something that Zayn had to move past and Ria had to trust him about. 

I loved meeting Lala too, and I hope she gets a book of her own someday! This was a great read, I'm looking forward to more in the series!