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May 20, 2011 / Leslie

Review: Darkship Thieves

Darkship Thieves
by Sarah A. Hoyt
Read by: Kymberly Dakin

Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Baen (Audio Edition by Audible Frontiers)
Publish Date: January 2010
Format: Audio | 14 Hours and 23 min
Rating: 5 of 5

This is another book that I picked up for the Women of SciFi online book club. Despite reading a lot of science fiction I had not heard of this book and it’s doubtful I would have chosen it if it wasn’t on the reading list. The cover has beautiful artwork, but it doesn’t lead me to think the book is science fiction but instead screams fantasy. It’s not fantasy, it’s a space opera; there are no monsters, no one floating in space and for the most part everyone is wearing clothes. The book does span genres and while it definitely is scifi, it’s also a light romance and at times quirky and humorous.

Athena Hera Sinistra is on a routine trip with her father on his spaceship when an apparent mutiny takes place. She wakes in the middle of the night to find a stranger in her room. Outwitting the invaders she escapes in a lifepod seeking help. Unfortunately she heads right into the Powertree Ring, a dangerous area in space where the energy supply for Earth is produced. While trying to navigate the Powertrees she crashes into another ship hiding in the ring stealing power. The pilot of that ship, Kit, rescues her and brings her on board his ship. She soon finds out that he is from the colony of Eden, home to genetically enhanced descendents of earth that fled the planet years ago. Kit brings her back to Eden as a sort of half prisoner half guest. She wants to return to Earth and will do whatever it takes to accomplish that.

I enjoyed this book a lot. I had zero expectations when I started it. Initially I found Thena annoying but once Kit entered the story it took off for me. It was fast paced, entertaining and fun with lots of action. It had good guys, bad guys, lots of adventure and romance, and I even liked the ending. Thena’s early annoying behavior becomes more understandable once we learn more about her past. The mystery surrounding her and her family became predictable toward the end but it didn’t matter because I was having fun with this book. The romantic relationship between Thena and Kit works; they both grew into better people because of each other.

Part of why I enjoyed this book is for what it wasn’t. A lot of the scifi coming out today is very depressing, gloomy, dystopian and often exists in a difficult to relate to world. Thena and Kit’s world was easy to understand and not too distant from something our world could become. A lot of this book reminded me of the older science fiction works of authors like Robert A. Heinlein. The author even dedicates this book to Heinlein who also wrote books with strong female lead characters like Athena.

I listened to the audio version. The narration was good although not excellent. I can’t really detail anything specifically wrong, but I know an excellent narration when I hear one. I would have no problem listening to another book by this narrator.

I would recommend Darkship Thieves to anyone who enjoys a light, fun read with a little romance and a strong female lead character. Even if you don’t read science fiction, give this one a chance. I was excited to find out there is a sequel coming out later this year called Darkship Renegade which I am looking forward to reading.

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  1. Suko / May 20 2011 1:20 pm

    What a great review, Leslie! It is honest and clear. I’m glad you enjoyed this audio book. I will keep it in mind.

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