Shadow Captain (Revenger #2) by Alastair Reynolds

Returning to the universe of Revenger, award-winning author Alastair Reynolds delivers another thrilling tale set among the stars.

Two sisters ran away from home to join the crew of a spaceship. They took on pirates, faced down monsters and survived massacres . . . and now they’re in charge. Captaining a fearsome ship of their own, adventures are theirs for the taking – and there’s hoards to loot and treasures to find in the darkest reaches of space. But the rules are also more relaxed out on the fringes, as they’re about to discover . . .

How did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

Genre: Science Fiction

Previously Reviewed: Revenger (Revenger #1)

Review: A large departure from the first book, primarily the change of PoV from Fura to Adrana, the slightly manic changes in Fura as she battles with her lightvine issue and the lingering effect of Bosa’s presence in their lives.

I had a little difficulty with the transition in this from Bosa being almost a myth in the the first book to it being pretty common knowledge that she was real and that she habitutally brainwashed people. It felt a little like a plot device to propel the idea that the Sisters and the crew are outlaws on the run through no fault of their own.

Once I got past that, I enjoyed the pacing, the way they evade capture, deal with frontier lawless trade, meet an important character who makes Fura realise she needs to think more about her health.

A new crew member changes the dynamic of the crew and suddenly pushes the plot in a new direction, giving a sinister undertone to a hidden agenda in the background.

Overall, I really enjoyed this, The pacing is better than the first I feel, the characters a little more rounded and there are multiple layers of a plot running at any given time which proper the need to learn more about this universe – so different from ours.

Give it a read, I think you’ll enjoy.

Review by @Angelhearte

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