Honey, I don’t like anything about you anyway, so it doesn’t matter much. I’m not coming with you, if that’s what you’re here for. And you are not going to be able to take me. Don’t embarrass yourself. Just cut your losses.”Zara, Honor Lost Chapter 8, page 147
Author: Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre
I enjoyed this book much more than I did the second one. To think I almost didnt read it because I disliked the second book so much. This review will contain spoilers for the first two books in series. You can find my reviews for Honor Among Thieves and Honor Bound by clicking on their titles if you are interested in that.
To try to avoid giving away more of the books that I really want to I am going to be using the Goodreads summary for the book. I also feel like it does a better job explaining what this book is about that I ever could.
Space renegade Zara Cole may have finally met her match. Lifekiller—a creature that can devour entire planets is spreading terror throughout the universe, and it seems nothing can stand in the monstrous godking’s way.
Reeling from a series of battles, Zara and her wounded band of allies are going to need a strategy before they face Lifekiller again. Zara’s street smarts may not be enough when their enemy could be anywhere, destroying civilizations and picking his teeth with the bones.
And just when it feels like she’s reached a special place in her bond with Bea and Nadim, an ex from Earth with an ax to grind comes after her with nefarious intentions. With human enemies, alien creatures, and mechanical stalkers on her tail, it’s down to the wire for Zara to save the galaxy—and the people she calls home—before the godking consumes them all.
I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I was going to based on my annoyances from the last book. Maybe I was a little to harsh when I complained about the character development. I am still annoyed that it was not laid out in the first book that the main character is black, once I knew that I found it much easier to picture Zara. This book also seemed to stop trying to shove a non-binary storyline in like the last book did. It was there, with Starcurrent, as it was in the first two books but this time it was more eloquently added into the story.
Now going forward I am going to be including quite a few spoilers because there were a few things that needed tied up in my head from the first two books, so if that is not something you want to read I suggest skipping to the final recommendations section of the review, or just stopping here.
Assuming everyone left reading is okay with spoilers let’s get right down into my final thoughts on this book, as well as the trilogy as a whole.
Zara/Nadim relationship: I am still not sure how I feel about this relationship. The first book I thought it was just written weird and was not meant to be romantic. The second book laid out pretty well that it was meant to be a romantic relationship. The third book took that to a whole new level. Once I started to read this book I was able to wrap my head around the relationship a little better. It seemed as if Zara loved Nadim but also knew that it really couldn’t be anything more. This was because Zara started to fall for Beatriz. This made more sense to me because they could have an actual physical relationship together. Though the book did a good enough job explaining that there were ways that Nadim and Zara could have those same experiences with each other without being able to be physical. There was wsa quote on page 27 that said “I liked everything about him. I’d given up on thinking I was weird for being all into this. I’d never had a human lover treat me half this well, or interest me half this much.” I am trying to follow Zara’s lead and just take this relationship for what it is. I will say it is a very well developed relationship and I appreciated that it wasn’t just kind of left to fester with no real development.
Zara/Beatriz relationship: This relationship I was happy to see. I was happy that Zara was going to be able to have a real relationship with someone and be happy. Beatriz treats Zara wonderfully through the entire book and I am glad that the entire love story part of this book didn’t fall solely on the Zara/Nadim relationship.
Zara/Beatriz/Nadim relationship: Yes these three also have a relationship together that is not just them living on the same ship. I found it interesting the way this was worked in. This is how Nadim and Zara are able to experience the same experiences of being physical without being physical together. That is not to say that Zara does not love Beatriz because being physical always starts out being the two of them, but someone always pulls Nadim in.
Beatriz/Nadim relationship: Now this one I am still a little confused on. It seems to me that the only common tie between their relationship is Zara and that these two only have a friendly relationship not a romantic one. Since the book is written from Zara’s perspective this could be wrong, and they could have a romantic one that we don’t know about. But knowing Beatriz I feel like she would have told Zara if that was the case.
Past the main relationship questions I had I really liked the way certain other situations tied themselves up with pretty bows during this book. Derry and Deluca have been dealt with. Both were killed by the robot Jury (this is a spoiler, but really it isn’t that major of a story. Just ties up loose ends that Zara had on Earth) when the robot decided that they were both guilty of crimes punishable by death. They also tied up what would happen with the Leviathan ships that did not have a crew, the few that were left.
Overall I was satisfied with this book. I did not like it anymore than I liked the first one, but I found it a hell of a lot better than the second one.
Just like the first book I would recommend this one to you if you are just getting into the world of syfy books. As a series I don’t know how I feel about recommending it because of the second book. There were only a few things in the second book that struck me as knowledge you had to have before reading the third book and if you didn’t have it you still wouldn’t be completely lost. I will say if you know ahead of time that the characters are not white and that there is a bit of a not so well developed story line about non-binary aliens then you would probably enjoy that second book a lot more than I did. For this book I give it a 7/10, for the series I would probably say a 5.5/10. I enjoyed the first two, not the second. I liked it for what it was, but I likely won’t read the series again.
So that is it for the world of Zara Cole. I’m glad I made the decision to read the last book so I had some loose ends tied up. If you are interested in knowing where you can find the books you can find them at the links below. The links I have included are affiliate links. You will not be charged extra, but if you purchase through these links I will earn a small commision from your purchase to help keep this blog up and running.
Honor Among Thieves Honor Bound Honor Lost