Review: Traitor

cover-traitorTitle: Traitor
Author: Jody Wallace
Series: Maelstrom Chronicles #2
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Length: Novel
Available: Now


Captain Nikolas EstherVorn is a traitor. Or so it was decreed after Niko disobeyed protocol while trying to save Earth from other-dimensional creatures. Stuck in a prison cell, the last thing he needs is to be in close proximity to sexy-as-sin Dr. Sarah CallenJoseph. Not with him damn near ready break out just to get to her.

Niko’s desire isn’t quite his own…and Sarah can prove it. He—along with the other soldiers on the disastrous mission—were drugged with some kind of toxin. Niko has no clue how the drug got into his body or why, but Sarah suspects there’s a link between the toxin and the fertility crisis of Shipborn humans.

To investigate is forbidden. But as lust becomes something deeper, binding them together in a way neither expected, Niko and Sarah must battle time—and their superiors—to uncover the secret that could save humanity…or destroy it.

Source: ARC from Entangled Select Otherworld via NetGalley

It took me a while to get into this book. I didn’t realise it was the second in a series when I started it, and since things start right in the middle of the fallout from the last book it took a while for me to catch up. However, once I did I really started to enjoy this tale. Niko is an honourable, hardworking soldier whose free will has been tampered with big time, while Sarah is stubborn and determined to find out why, even as she pushes Niko almost to breaking point. The pair of them might have communication issues at times (I know it’s embarrassing Niko, but just tell her why you’re avoiding her! And likewise, Sarah, tell him you want him so he doesn’t think he’s molesting you!), but once they settle down they make an excellent team.

I also loved Ship! I’m a sucker for sentient entities that aren’t normally sentient, so a big old nosy ship poking around in its passengers’ business was wonderful. Especially its relationship with Niko – though less so for Niko’s awful father. I could also understand why Ship freaked out the Terrans so much, though, especially since the Shipborn weren’t doing as much as they could to help defeat the demon invasion. Unless Niko was involved, of course.

The plot also has a nice snowballing effect, building tension the further it progresses, until things become fast and furious with nail biting tension as Niko seems to get hit from all sides, while Sarah races to solve things. Okay, so the actual underlying cause seemed pretty obvious to me from a long way out, but I still wasn’t sure just how or when they were going to realise it – or even get a chance to.

I have to admit there were times when I almost wanted the pair of them to jump on Ship and leave everyone else to die. Humanity is not shown in any great light in this book, but then again they’re dealing mostly with politicians and dissidents, so I should probably have expected that and not condemned my entire planet so quickly.

Overall this was fun, though it probably works better if you’ve already read the first book. There’s plenty of action, a nicely twisting plot, some vicious demonic beasties, plenty of backstabbing humans, a wonderful sentient ship and a romantic couple who grow to become a real team, despite the betrayals, subterfuge and other issues surrounding them. I enjoyed my first taste of this series and it definitely won’t be my last. I’m hoping for more from pilot Felix at some point too.

Traitor is Out Now!
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