|Sirantha Jax is a star navigator for the Corp. She not only navigates known star trade routes but has found many lost beacons and discovered new worlds with Kai, her pilot. She carries a rare gene that allows her to guide ships through grimspace. The colors and sensory input is so intense most navigators burn out or die young, but Jax can’t imagine doing anything else. When she survives a crash landing, and is accused of negligence or worse, Jax is imprisoned and ruthlessly interrogated. As she fights to keep her sanity a mysterious man breaks into her cell and offers rescue in return for her skills. She makes the only choice she can, freedom, and jumps into new adventures where grimspace isn’t the only thing that might kill her.
Grimspace and Sirantha Jax grabbed me right from the start! This action packed adventure is set in a future where space travel is possible because of grimspace. These portals lead to far-reaching parts of the universe which had been forgotten eons ago, it’s not certain why, but that makes for an interesting tidbit that builds one of the many layers of this believable world. Jaz herself is a survivor in more ways than one. This is a love story that starts out in rocky circumstances but builds until it squeezes your heart with intense emotion. Jax is a character who grows a great deal throughout this book. March is a flawed but towering hero, especially when the chips are down. This story is written in First Person, but done so well that I didn’t notice it beyond the first chapter. I just wanted to find out what happened next! The idea that March and Jax can share thoughts is a clever way to allow us to know what his perspective might be, when usually we’d only be able to understand what Jax is thinking. Secondary characters are definitely integral parts of the story and those who manage to survive the many disasters are engaging. The action is non-stop, with weird events, aliens and firefights, and the pace flows well even when the battles pause for more “everyday” action. Grimspace is sure to be a winner with readers who enjoy gritty sci fi adventures with great romantic elements.
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