Series: Starflight #2
Source: City Book Review
Published: February 7, 2017
When Princess Cassia Rose fled her home world of Eturia to escape an arranged marriage, she had no idea her sudden departure would spark a war. Now after two years hiding as a ship hand, she is finally returning to her beloved home, but not in the way she imagined. Shackled by bounty hunters, she is violently dragged back to account for her crimes. Her only solace is that the Banshee crew managed to evade capture, including Kane Arric, her best friend…with occasional benefits.
Meanwhile, Kane and the rest of the crew of the Banshee plan a desperate rescue mission. But when they arrive on Eturia, Cassia isn’t exactly in need of heroics—she’s claimed her birthright as Eturia’s queen, but has inherited a war-torn planet simmering with rebellion. Cassia must make alliances, and Kane, the bastard son of a merchant, isn’t a choice that will earn her any friends. Kane knows he will never find someone to replace Cassia—and is certain she returns his feelings—but how can he throw away his own promising future waiting on a queen?
When the outer realm is threatened by the dangerous Zhang mafia, Cassia, Kane and the rest of the Banshee crew uncover a horrifying conspiracy that endangers the entire universe. In the face of unspeakable evil, Cassia must confront her own family’s complicated legacy on Eturia and decide once and for all who her real family is.
I read and reviewed Starflight in January 2016, so I was hesitant when I began reading Starfall that I wouldn’t remember the plot, the characters, or really any necessary information to get back into the story. However, I dove right in and picked up enough to follow the story right away; Landers also does a nice job of referring to past events to prompt readers’ memories. The plot picks up basically where it left off, although the points of view switch to two new characters.
After getting situated, I fell in love with the story right away. The book is action-packed, featuring a runaway princess, space pirates, the mafia, and a civil war. While I sometimes get bored with books where the characters are travelling through space for a long period of time, I found there was always something to keep my interest up in Starfall.
The characters are complex and well-developed. Cassia occasionally irritated me, but she has a big heart and a lot of strength. She stands up for herself and what she believes in. The love interest, Kane, also has a rich personality, and he goes through a lot of development over the course of the book. Favorite characters from Starflight return, and a few more are introduced.
I admit this may not be the most original books I have ever read. A lot of space books I read seem to have much in common (or, I should say, the ones that occur predominantly on a space ship and not on some imagined colonized planet), and I did note the similarities of Starflight to Stitching Snow when I first read it. However, this series is fun. I enjoyed the plot and the characters and overall had a good time reading it. Recommended.