Author: Anna Hackett
Series: Galactic Gladiators #5
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Length: Short novel
Available: 28th March
Gladiator Saff Essikani, the best net fighter in the Kor Magna Arena, collides with tortured space marine Blaine Strong in a competitive battle of wills.
More blurb to come when available…
Source: ARC from the author
Ah, that’s better. One of the things I have always loved most about my favourite Anna Hackett books are the incredible partnerships that form between the hero and heroine, putting them both on an equal footing – which is something I’ve felt sorely lacking in most of this series so far. However, this time around we have a female gladiator pairing up with a haunted human and it made for a great match.
Another thing I appreciated in this book that has occasionally been lacking in the others is that Blaine is genuinely haunted by his time in captivity. Mostly because they filled him up with drugs and have completely changed the way he lives his life. Before he was always calm and controlled, but now he is filled with so much rage, he’s constantly fighting to return to his former self. I liked that this wasn’t just brushed off or glossed over. It is a struggle for him – and one that Saff can help with.
I really like Saff. She’s strong and skilled and more than capable of holding her own, but she’s not hard either. She knows what Blaine needs, and even if she doesn’t always go about it the right way, she does care for him. They also make an excellent team, matched enough to challenge each other, but smart enough to also work together when necessary.
And it does become necessary. If you’ve read any other books in this series, then the overall plot line will be fairly familiar, even if a few of the details are a little different. We also venture past the city for the first time, and even though I became a little confused by distances (everyone seems capable of getting pretty much anywhere in less than a day), it was great to see more of this world. The old familiar enemies are also around to inflict new horrors on their captives, leaving plenty for our heroes to deal with.
So overall I enjoyed this. It’s probably my favourite of the series so far and has certainly opened up a whole new challenge for Galen’s warriors to focus on. I’m a little sad we didn’t get to see more of Big Blue, but when it comes to action, sci-fi romance, this book happily reminded me that Anna Hackett remains one of the best.
Champion is out March 28th.
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