[ARC Review] Star Child: Awakening – Book Review

The Zentoki Fables #1 by Petra Landon
Published on August 8, 2019

I was not ready for this book to be over.   I knew it was coming since I had been watching the percentage of book left on my tablet, but was still so sad when it did.  I love fun adventure stories and this one was so nicely done with great, extensive world building, characters that are interesting, likeable, and sympathetic, and a nice plot and story.


On her world, they call her star struck. But why do the stars beckon her so …

On a mining outpost in the Inner Worlds, a young woman dreams of the stars. When she falls in with a motley crew of bounty hunters seeking to avenge an injustice, Novi believes her dreams have come true. But nothing is as it seems.

Led by the only man to bring the mightiest army in the sector to its knees, the crew is caught up in a wily cat and mouse game with the powerful Guild Coalition. With her new shipmates, Novi dodges space outlaws and greedy corporations, mingles with Synths and settlers, jumps the Star Portal Labyrinth and discovers a mysterious legacy bequeathed by the Gods. But each exhilarating adventure raises terrifying questions about her. Can Novi find the answers she seeks before time runs out for her?


Star Child begins with Novi sneaking onto a ship to poke around.  In doing this she discovers she is getting a little more than she bargained for as she (and us in return) are slowly introduced to the characters and shown how this world works.   Within the last several years, The Guild Coalition, who was the major conglomerate of the Inner Worlds had made a major push to increase their territory, but the Rim Worlds and Renegades wished to stay independent and not have the Guild forced upon them and had fought back.  Although the Guild Coalition had not seized the power they had hoped for they still had plenty to spare and knew how to use it to gain whatever advantage they want.  

There are several things that really made this book work for me.  The crew – all professional, but human and seemed to be rather decent individuals that you’d like to get to know.  The plot – I found all the nuances of the small independent groups very intriguing from a story line perspective.  It continued to open up the question of “What would you do to survive if you are not a very major corporation, but don’t want to join the Guild Coalition?”  To be honest, this one was a huge selling point for me in the book.  The action – the book strikes just the right balance of action, business, and politics.  Although the world politics are vital and important, the book knew there were other aspects to explore too.  The story also was not constant action or was told completely from the business perspective of the crew Novi ends up with.  Then lastly, Novi – I originally found her a likeable character, but there’s more to her than meets the eye and I look forward to seeing where that takes her and the crew.

All in all I really enjoyed the story where time seemed to just fly by when reading it.  I recommend this to those who love space action/adventures with fun crews and a bit of mystery thrown in.  

Rating:  5 stars

Thanks to Netgalley and Victory Editing NetGalley Co-op for the advanced reader copy and the opportunity to provide an honest review.


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