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Sergei Stolkov is a faithful officer, though his deepest desires go against the Doctrine. A captain with the invading Coalition forces, he believes that self-sacrifice is the most heroic act and his own needs are only valid if they serve the state.
Mike, an operative planted within Cirokko’s rebels, has been ordered to seduce Sergei and pry from him the Coalition’s military secrets. His mission is a success, but as he captures Sergei’s heart, Mike is tempted by his own charade and falls in love.
When the hostile natives of the planet Cirokko make their move, all seems lost. Can Mike and Sergei survive when the Coalition’s internal affairs division takes an interest in what happened in the dusty mountains of Zasidka Pass…?
Meh. I don’t know where or why or how this ended up just being meh, but it was. Perhaps if I had read it two years ago (when I’d planned to) before devouring most of Voinov’s other works I would have loved it.
It took the greater half of this book, a murder of flying lizards and a torture scene for me to sit up and pay proper attention. The beginning chapters are confusing, not because (like most sci-fi novels) it’s a major info dump, but because there isn’t enough info to define what the hell is going on. There is hardly any backstory or world building here and the transitioning between scenes and alternating POV kept throwing me out of the story. The writing is mostly good but it failed to capture me and draw me in, it felt interrupted and just, didn’t flow for me…
Two soldiers on opposing sides, a planet under threat of attack, and the ideologies of each faction define our MC’s, especially Sergei who is so terribly naïve and vulnerable he just …irritated and frustrated me so much. I had real issues with Mike’s character too. Not only did I not know what his job was or who he was working for, his character is self-centred and unlikable, and he bored me. It’s telling when I began to ship another much more appealing character with Sergei instead. So, as a result the romance wasn’t all that fantastic for me either.
But don’t let me put you off though. It’s a decent story with action and angst, violence and dub-con, flying lizards and sex, but not with the lizards :) Lots of highly rated reviews say I’m the minority on this one and two years ago I might have joined them.
Title: Dark Egde of Honor
Author: Aleksandr Voinov & Rhi Etzweiler
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: August 2011
Purchase Link: Carina Press.