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This first book in a feminist space opera duology follows seven resistance fighters who will free the galaxy from the ruthless Tholosian Empire -- or die trying. When Eris faked her death, she thought she had left her old life as the heir to the galaxy's most ruthless empire behind. But her recruitment by the Novantaen Resistance, an organization opposed to the empire's vor This first book in a feminist space opera duology follows seven resistance fighters who will free the galaxy from the ruthless Tholosian Empire -- or die trying. When Eris faked her death, she thought she had left her old life as the heir to the galaxy's most ruthless empire behind. But her recruitment by the Novantaen Resistance, an organization opposed to the empire's voracious expansion, throws her right back into the fray. Eris has been assigned a new mission: to infiltrate a spaceship ferrying deadly cargo and return the intelligence gathered to the Resistance. But her partner for the mission, mechanic and hotshot pilot Cloelia, bears an old grudge against Eris, making an already difficult infiltration even more complicated. When they find the ship, they discover more than they bargained for: three fugitives with firsthand knowledge of the corrupt empire's inner workings. Together, these women possess the knowledge and capabilities to bring the empire to its knees. But the clock is ticking: the new heir to the empire plans to disrupt a peace summit with the only remaining alien empire, ensuring the empire’s continued expansion. If they can find a way to stop him, they will save the galaxy. If they can't, millions may die.


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This first book in a feminist space opera duology follows seven resistance fighters who will free the galaxy from the ruthless Tholosian Empire -- or die trying. When Eris faked her death, she thought she had left her old life as the heir to the galaxy's most ruthless empire behind. But her recruitment by the Novantaen Resistance, an organization opposed to the empire's vor This first book in a feminist space opera duology follows seven resistance fighters who will free the galaxy from the ruthless Tholosian Empire -- or die trying. When Eris faked her death, she thought she had left her old life as the heir to the galaxy's most ruthless empire behind. But her recruitment by the Novantaen Resistance, an organization opposed to the empire's voracious expansion, throws her right back into the fray. Eris has been assigned a new mission: to infiltrate a spaceship ferrying deadly cargo and return the intelligence gathered to the Resistance. But her partner for the mission, mechanic and hotshot pilot Cloelia, bears an old grudge against Eris, making an already difficult infiltration even more complicated. When they find the ship, they discover more than they bargained for: three fugitives with firsthand knowledge of the corrupt empire's inner workings. Together, these women possess the knowledge and capabilities to bring the empire to its knees. But the clock is ticking: the new heir to the empire plans to disrupt a peace summit with the only remaining alien empire, ensuring the empire’s continued expansion. If they can find a way to stop him, they will save the galaxy. If they can't, millions may die.

30 review for Seven Devils

  1. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    TW: abusive parent; death of a parent; amputation; authoritarian government; plague This was one of my most anticipated books of the year, but sadly didn’t live up to my expectations. This is a female led space opera featuring a motley crew trying to take down an empire. With that description, I thought that I’d be way more attached to this crew than I was. I found myself not caring much. The amount of POVs was probably necessary but made the story feel more broad and I didn’t start to attach to TW: abusive parent; death of a parent; amputation; authoritarian government; plague This was one of my most anticipated books of the year, but sadly didn’t live up to my expectations. This is a female led space opera featuring a motley crew trying to take down an empire. With that description, I thought that I’d be way more attached to this crew than I was. I found myself not caring much. The amount of POVs was probably necessary but made the story feel more broad and I didn’t start to attach to the characters until almost the end. I also would have liked more from the world. This empire has a pantheon of gods, which had a lot of potential, but was barely utilized. I also could not get a feel for this world. Overall, I MAY continue with this duology since there is only one book left. I loved that it is a group of highly skilled women, features a w/w relationship, and also a trans woman in a place of power. I just hope the next book will pull me in more.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Elle (ellexamines)

    is this a Florence and the Machine song

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth May

    SEVEN DEVILS info! 👇 🚀adult scifi 💪feminist as fuck 🌈queer as a rainbow 💩fuck imperialism 👩‍❤️‍👩ladies being soft 🤬ladies kicking ass 👨one good dude 👨👨👨some shitbags 🌌a whole lotta stars US COVER: UK COVER: SEVEN DEVILS info! 👇 🚀adult scifi 💪feminist as fuck 🌈queer as a rainbow 💩fuck imperialism 👩‍❤️‍👩ladies being soft 🤬ladies kicking ass 👨one good dude 👨👨👨some shitbags 🌌a whole lotta stars US COVER: UK COVER:

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ellie (faerieontheshelf)

    this shares the title with one of my fave dark gothic Florence & the Machine songs so I’m up 👀 this shares the title with one of my fave dark gothic Florence & the Machine songs so I’m up 👀

  5. 5 out of 5

    Laura Lam

    IF YOU WANT TO RESIST, YOU HAVE TO REBEL. Pick up this book I wrote with one of my best friends if you like the idea of a group of rebels smashing the patriarchy in space. Comp titles/media: Rouge One A Science Fiction Six of Crows Mad Max: Fury Road Firefly Illuminae Guardians of the Galaxy The meme of 'be gay, do crime.' But in space. A few people have added it as young adult, and we often describe it as crossover and think that teens will definitely jive with it. But just a wee note that most of t IF YOU WANT TO RESIST, YOU HAVE TO REBEL. Pick up this book I wrote with one of my best friends if you like the idea of a group of rebels smashing the patriarchy in space. Comp titles/media: Rouge One A Science Fiction Six of Crows Mad Max: Fury Road Firefly Illuminae Guardians of the Galaxy The meme of 'be gay, do crime.' But in space. A few people have added it as young adult, and we often describe it as crossover and think that teens will definitely jive with it. But just a wee note that most of the protagonists are in their 20s and 30s and tonally it's probably a little more on the adult side (there are sex scenes, a fair amount of dismemberment and violence, and a LOT of swearing, hah), which why it's being released by adult publishers. Full content notes on my website: http://www.lauralam.co.uk/book/seven-... Hope you enjoy! x

  6. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    DNF @ 25% Beautiful cover, boring book. I keep getting sci-fi/fantasy books that are listed as adult but are clearly YA, it’s annoying. I don’t mind some YA if they are really well written with fully developed characters and plots, but this ain’t that.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Justine

    Have you ever picked up a Star Wars universe book and thought it sounded so great, but after reading it you felt like it just wasn't at all what you were hoping for? I definitely understand that feeling. I approached Seven Devils with mildly low expectations because it seemed exactly like those Star Wars books. As it turned out, Seven Devils delivered in all the ways I always wish those others would. The story is fast-moving and progresses smoothly from scene to scene. The four POV characters - Have you ever picked up a Star Wars universe book and thought it sounded so great, but after reading it you felt like it just wasn't at all what you were hoping for? I definitely understand that feeling. I approached Seven Devils with mildly low expectations because it seemed exactly like those Star Wars books. As it turned out, Seven Devils delivered in all the ways I always wish those others would. The story is fast-moving and progresses smoothly from scene to scene. The four POV characters - that many often tends to be a dice throw for me - were not only all interesting to follow, but were distinct enough that I never lost track of whose chapter I was reading. The story is not incredibly original, but it is told in such an engaging manner that it never felt like things were dragging. A few reviewers have mentioned the queer representation, but for me what made it so good was that it did not feel like rep for representation's sake. Everything felt organic and very much part of the world Lam and May created. The bottom line is that Seven Devils was so much better than I expected it to be in almost every respect. It is definitely recommended for all of you who love stories about seemingly outmatched rebels and crews that are randomly thrown together but somehow just make everything golden.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Isabella

    don't get me wrong!! it's a very entertaining read, reminiscent of The 100, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and basically queers in space fighting against the patriarchy; also the found family is strong in this one~ But if there's one thing I learned from reading this book is that science fiction is definitely not my cup of tea *hides in shame* There's this disconnect between myself and the story that I can't seem to breach; I struggle to connect to the characters and their intergalactic struggles, don't get me wrong!! it's a very entertaining read, reminiscent of The 100, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and basically queers in space fighting against the patriarchy; also the found family is strong in this one~ But if there's one thing I learned from reading this book is that science fiction is definitely not my cup of tea *hides in shame* There's this disconnect between myself and the story that I can't seem to breach; I struggle to connect to the characters and their intergalactic struggles, which is no fault of the authors! They've crafted a wonderful, diverse story about a group of girls (and one not so terribly boy) trying to topple an incredibly violent & corrupt empire with their wits and not so carefully laid out plans. If you enjoy movies like Star Wars, Mad Max, Interstellar, etc. with a feminist touch & great action scenes, then this is the book for you :)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ocean

    Excuse me while I SCREAM. This book is SO DAMN GOOD. The ending has got me feeling so many things. I need the sequel immediately. Listen, for a long time I didn't think I liked sci fi, but when it's done right, sci fi is incredible. Seven Devils is one of those books that came to me at the right time and I'm so glad it exists. Some things I love about Seven Devils: Friends to enemies to friends again Autistic rep Bi rep Trans rep Ace rep Rag tag team coming together to fight Several POVs Learning about Excuse me while I SCREAM. This book is SO DAMN GOOD. The ending has got me feeling so many things. I need the sequel immediately. Listen, for a long time I didn't think I liked sci fi, but when it's done right, sci fi is incredible. Seven Devils is one of those books that came to me at the right time and I'm so glad it exists. Some things I love about Seven Devils: Friends to enemies to friends again Autistic rep Bi rep Trans rep Ace rep Rag tag team coming together to fight Several POVs Learning about each character's past Betrayal Shocking turn of events So much hope FEELINGS F/f relationship Communicating through thoughts The ending of this book messed me up. Several parts of this book messed me up, actually. In a good way, I think. All of the main characters are likeable and that's impressive. Every POV was good to read, there weren't any that I disliked or wanted to skip. I think Rhea and Ariadne are my favourite characters, but I found Princess Discordia's POV the most interesting and I really love Xander. I'd love to see a spin off about Xander, even just a short story would do. I'm feeling so many things. Please read this book, you won't regret it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bob/Sally

    Damn, but this was a hell of a lot of fun! Seven Devils is exactly as advertised, a feminist space opera about women supporting and loving one another while kicking the patriarchal empire’s ass. Laura Lam and Elizabeth May have crafted a sweeping epic that feels as significant as it is spectacular, and I’m already anxious for the as-yet-untitled sequel. Admittedly, I wasn’t so sure about things at the start. Eris and Clo are hard to warm up to – there’s so much tension there that bad blood is dri Damn, but this was a hell of a lot of fun! Seven Devils is exactly as advertised, a feminist space opera about women supporting and loving one another while kicking the patriarchal empire’s ass. Laura Lam and Elizabeth May have crafted a sweeping epic that feels as significant as it is spectacular, and I’m already anxious for the as-yet-untitled sequel. Admittedly, I wasn’t so sure about things at the start. Eris and Clo are hard to warm up to – there’s so much tension there that bad blood is dripping off the page. The bickering and sniping at one another was getting on my nerves and I was pretty sure I couldn’t handle a whole novel of that. But then we meet up with the women who will round out their crew – Nyx, Ariadne, and Rhea – and the depth of sisterhood between them completely turned my emotions inside out. I still found Eris to be a challenge, a woman I came to admire but never really liked, but that was much less of an issue when surrounded by the larger cast. Royalty, soldier, mechanic, hacker, courtesan – a more diverse group of women you couldn’t ask for. The sense of found family is such a huge part of what makes their story compelling, with women healing and supporting of one another, and the sweet, slow-burn romance between two of them was one of my favorite things about the book. Oh, and I’d be completely remiss if I didn’t mention Kyla, the transgender rebellion leader who joins them to get her hands dirty in the latter portion of the book. She’s secondary to the crew in many respects, but I loved how perfectly she embodied the themes of freedom, autonomy, and transformation. I’ve seen some reviewers lament the pacing and the use of flashbacks but, for me, they were what made the book. The present-day story is a pretty simple bit of space opera rebellion – infiltrate the ship, steal the superweapon, sabotage the evil empire, save the day – but it is the women who make it compelling. Understanding who they are, how they suffered under the empire, and why they came to join the rebellion is what allows us to sympathize/empathize with them. There were moments where I didn’t want to leave those flashbacks, where I either wanted to know the rest of the story or just spend a little more time with them. On the dark side of the story, we’re faced with an Evil Empire that deserves full capitalization. It’s a patriarchal, militaristic, genocidal culture that uses a truly invasive AI entity to control thoughts and emotions, and which treats those outside the One’s reach as either disposable or deplorable. There’s been a trend in the last decade to paint heroes and villains in shades of grey, to leave readers questioning rebellions and their motivations, but there’s no such doubt there. By the end of the book, we don’t just want the Eris and her crew to succeed because we like them, we need them to succeed because the empire needs to fall! I went into Seven Devils with hopes and I can honestly say it paid off in every respect. It’s well-written, engaging, fast-paced, fabulously feminine, and fiercely feminist. The technology, the science, and the alien biology are all fascinating, and there’s genuine scope to the universe as well as the story. As Lam herself noted, there are elements of Rouge One, Fury Road, Firefly, and Guardians of the Galaxy here, but the whole of the story is so much more than the sum of its parts. https://femledfantasy.home.blog/2020/...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Peppermint

    "Eris – or, Princess Discordia as she was once known, heir to the Empire, until she faked her own death and decided to dedicate her life to destroying her family." This is the aesthetic I never knew I needed.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amy Plum

    What Star Wars should be...in a perfect and very gay universe. LOVED LOVED LOVED!!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sana

    WHAT A BADASS COVER, DAAAAMN ---------------------- FEMINIST. SPACE. OPERA.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Annemieke / A Dance with Books

    4,5 stars TW/CW: Mentioned Torture | Loss of Limb | Indoctrination   Seven Devils is that one Sci-Fi book that I really looked forward to this year yet when I got an e-arc it took me forever to pick this up. I was so scared I wasn't going to love this. And I wanted too so much. I hadn't read anything by either author before and I have such high hopes for them as far as authors I'm going to like. So those are high expectations to fill already. But I am pleased to say that I really enjoyed this book 4,5 stars TW/CW: Mentioned Torture | Loss of Limb | Indoctrination   Seven Devils is that one Sci-Fi book that I really looked forward to this year yet when I got an e-arc it took me forever to pick this up. I was so scared I wasn't going to love this. And I wanted too so much. I hadn't read anything by either author before and I have such high hopes for them as far as authors I'm going to like. So those are high expectations to fill already. But I am pleased to say that I really enjoyed this book.  Seven Devils starts us off with the focus on two characters, Eris and Clo. Both are a part of the resistance and there is some animosity between the two of them. Yet they are forced to go on a mission together. And from there it just goes from bad to worse.  The whole casts is five but it isn't until Eri and Clo meet them do we get their point of view. That worked incredibly well because it allowed us time to get into the world and two other characters first before we had to get to know three others. Too many point of views from the start can unnecessarily slow down the progress of a plot because so many things have to get told first.  There are some flashback throughout the book and a first that didn't work for me but as we got deeper into the plot and we got to know the characters, the more invested I became in their history. In understanding where they came from. And quite frankly they call kicked ass. I think though that Ari grabbed me the most. I think that is just my feeling as a mom.  I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of this series and more by these authors. 

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mogsy (MMOGC)

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2020/09/03/... Seven Devils is the first book of a planned space opera duology by authors Laura Lam and Elizabeth May in their first collaboration. Set in a galaxy controlled by the oppressive Tholosian Empire, the book follows a group of seven plucky Novantaen Resistance members who will never stop fighting to free the billions of people living under the Empire’s iron rule. First, we have Eris. Former heir to the Tholosian throne, she 3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2020/09/03/... Seven Devils is the first book of a planned space opera duology by authors Laura Lam and Elizabeth May in their first collaboration. Set in a galaxy controlled by the oppressive Tholosian Empire, the book follows a group of seven plucky Novantaen Resistance members who will never stop fighting to free the billions of people living under the Empire’s iron rule. First, we have Eris. Former heir to the Tholosian throne, she knows better than anyone why the resistance is so important. It took a lot to break free of her old life, which included having to fake her own death, but it took even more for those in her new life to finally trust her. Next up is Clo, a mechanic who had also defected from the Empire, whose sometimes-friend, sometimes-rival relationship with Eris often causes friction whenever they go on missions together. Then there’s Nyx, a career soldier and former royal guard who has lost count of how many people she’s killed. Tired of being used as a weapon, Nyx now dedicates her efforts to stopping the Oracle, the artificial mind behind the Empire. She also looks out for Ariadne, the youngest member of the group. A gifted engineer, Ariadne was originally created by the enemy, but has secretly been helping the resistance for years. Also, we have Rhea, a courtesan with a heart of gold. She is extremely sensitive to the emotions of others, making her a great confidante but also quick to adapt to changing situations. And finally, we have Kyla, the resistant commander calling the shots, as well as Cato, hotshot pilot, rounding out the team. On their latest mission, the team is called upon to intercept a Tholosian ship carrying mysterious cargo, and to gather any intelligence to return to the Resistance. But once they infiltrate the ship, they find more than they bargained for. Seven Devils was so much fun! But it is also a very difficult novel to review. First off, I think this is a fantastic sci-fi adventure tale about a strong group of women who come together and support each other to fight for a common cause. Their backgrounds are interesting and diverse, their relationships meaningful and complex. The story is highly energetic, with barely any lulls at all. I was also impressed with the writing, and to Lam and May’s credit, their styles meshed incredibly well and I could hardly tell where one author’s voice ends and the other’s begins. That’s seriously impressive, considering it’s their first team-up. However, dig a little deeper below the surface, and you might find some things that are less harmonious. The biggest challenge for me personally was the structure of the novel, which has a present timeline that is frequently interrupted by flashbacks to the individual characters’ lives as the cast list gradually expands. In the end, what we get are five main perspectives, and interspersed among them are these mostly brief time jumps to the past, focusing on important moments in the characters’ lives, many of which have direct relevance as to what is occurring in the present. I often see this format utilized for TV shows as a way for writers to develop individual characters, especially when dealing with a large ensemble cast. But while this may work well for the screen, it comes across as less coherent on the page, and in the case of Seven Devils, it caused some POV and timeline confusion. It also might have been a tad too long. Granted, each time we got a flashback, it was a way to flesh out that particular character, which also helped explain her motivations and decision-making. Still, while the narrative was doing this for half a dozen characters or more, the present timeline was going nowhere fast. As much as I hate to admit it, with a first half that was mostly bogged down with backstory-telling, the book took a long time to build, and the take-off was rough and uneven. The world-building was also detailed to the point of too much bloat. Considering what we have here is essentially your classic Empire vs. Resistance narrative (not exactly original), the length probably could have been pared down by a lot and the novel would have been better for it. And yet, despite the turbulent pacing and its technical flaws, Seven Devils featured a thoroughly engaging and entertaining storyline, and I believe that, in the end, is what will determine the book’s success with readers. I love adventurous space operas, found family plotlines, stories about people working together, helping each other, saving each other, and loving each other. Laura Lam and Elizabeth May have delivered the first half of a promising duology that encompasses all this and so much more, and ultimately, a few hiccups here and there are a small price to pay for so much fun. Audiobook Comments: This was definitely a missed opportunity for multiple narrators, which would have created a more immersive audio experience. That being said, Christina Traister did a great job with the many voices, capturing each character perfectly, from hotheaded Clo to kind and gentle Rhea.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Izy

    Rating~4.5 stars What a thrilling ride Seven devils is! TW: Violence, death, torture, xenophobia, all sorts of abuse (for the full list please visit here). I started this going just a few chapters before I go to sleep and before I knew I’d finished it and it was morning. Thank god it was the weekend.  Seven Devils introduces us to the Tholosians empire; with their genocidal tendencies, conquering planet after planet, a caste system which treats everyone not the ruling class like dirt (or I should sa Rating~4.5 stars What a thrilling ride Seven devils is! TW: Violence, death, torture, xenophobia, all sorts of abuse (for the full list please visit here). I started this going just a few chapters before I go to sleep and before I knew I’d finished it and it was morning. Thank god it was the weekend.  Seven Devils introduces us to the Tholosians empire; with their genocidal tendencies, conquering planet after planet, a caste system which treats everyone not the ruling class like dirt (or I should say the ruler). Everything is under the control of one emperor. While they have several gods they worship, their patron god seems to be death. The empire is vast, and spread over a planets, empires control the population through the oracle system. Which is basically brainwashing them, controlling their thoughts and emotions and above all loyalty to the empire and its emperor through chips. The only ones not controlled are the royalty, the novataen resistance members and those born naturally in the slums that are instead controlled by drugs.   Eris, one of our protagonist left her old life behind by faking her death, I mean its not a secret of who she is. She used to the heir to the empire, the only female in the empires history to reach that point. Her existence had been that of a solider, brutally trained and she has so much blood on her hands. She had to kill her brothers, because that’s how it is in her world and to survive. All but two of her brothers were the same. Xander, who wanted no part of the empires way of life, who taught her value of life/death and emotions. Damocles was the opposite side, cruel, violent and a psychopath. Eris is now part of the resistance and a rebel against the empire. Cloelia, is one of the humans born naturally, grew up in the slums with her mother and later joined the resistance. She considers the two leaders of the resistance, her family. Her life before resistance was affected like other living in the slums, poverty. She also hates the royalty, especially Damocles. Eris and Clo are paired together for a mission to do some recon on an empire ship only to have ship commandeered by 3 escapees from the empire. From there we meet, an empire solider (Nyx), a courteasan (Rhea) and a genius child/young girl (Adrianne). Who band together and go on a mission for freedom from the empire and the oracle. Told in present and flashbacks we learn more about our protagonists. With action, adventure, battles, a budding romance & a threat of total destruction and loss that is looming overhead. I loved Eris, her character is pretty complex. From her royal birth to her training and to joining her resistance. Her life has never been easy or simple. When its kill or be killed, Eris learned to be a pretty great at it. She has killed before and continues to do so no matter how guilty she may feel. I also loved Nyx, Adrianne and Rhea. They are very different people, with different backgrounds and struggles but with a common hatred and fear of the oracle. Narrative wise you know as soon as you get Eris flashback POV that what’s gonna happen but its a journey I enjoyed and obviously because this the first in a duology you know its not gonna end in a HEA in this one.  I wonder whatever happened to master Heraia ?  I NEED the next book!!! And I want Eris to kill her crazy ass brother and for the seven devils team to save everyone from the empire and their psychopath of a king.  Quibbles: Clo is a bit of a hothead. I felt the animosity from Cloelia to Eris went on for too long. By the time it gets better, I had spent the book not really liking that part of her character. A small thing in the grand scheme of the book. The other thing I can’t mention because it would be a spoiler but I just felt this would be something that they would/might have trained Eris against.  I really enjoyed this one. It has really strong characters, not just because two of them are soldiers and they are rebels but because they are all trying to do more, be better than what they were brought in or what they were programmed to do. And part of that being strong is having emotional response to things that are bad, some like Eris and Nyx might have to suppress that to achieve their goal but the core of is emotions driving them. The plot is very engrossing, the world building is great too as we follow them trying to do their best in saving humanity. The way its written is quite vivid and I can really see Seven Devils being adapted to movies/tv shows. This is my first read by Elizabeth May and Laura Lam but I will definitely be checking out their other books. Overall, loved it and can't wait for more!  Review on Blog ARC was generously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

  17. 5 out of 5

    Becca (Horners_book_corner)

    I adore Laura Lam's writing style anyway, but when paired with Elizabeth May it just gets even better. Who even imagines up a YA/adult cross-over feminist 'Guardians of the Galaxy' style romp in space with queer characters, a heist and incredible technological voodoo?! This is a truly brilliant read with relatable characters and plot and is one of those books where I wish I had waited to read it as I need the next one immediately! Check out my full review on Twwbookclub.co.uk

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lucie

    "None of us can change what's happened to us, but we can work on making things better." I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I've been trying to get more into sci-fi lately, and I'm happy to say that Seven Devils was everything I could have wanted from a sci-fi novel! Seven Devils is a space opera following a group of women who are part of the resistance against a galactic empire, I mean, what more could you want? It has a compelling and diverse "None of us can change what's happened to us, but we can work on making things better." I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I've been trying to get more into sci-fi lately, and I'm happy to say that Seven Devils was everything I could have wanted from a sci-fi novel! Seven Devils is a space opera following a group of women who are part of the resistance against a galactic empire, I mean, what more could you want? It has a compelling and diverse cast of characters (Ariadne and Rhea are my absolute favourites), an interesting galaxy I'm super excited to see more of in the sequel, and a gripping plot. While it took me a little while to get through the first 100 pages, as I didn't have much time to dedicate to this book, and I'm still new to sci-fi, I read the last 300 pages in three days, as I couldn't stop thinking about this story and the characters. I loved this book so much, and I totally recommend it, whether you love sci-fi or would like to get more into that genre. 🚀 Full review to come!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Geonn Cannon

    Right after I say "Maybe I just don't like space opera books," I find this one. Take the women from The Expanse, mix them with the women from Firefly, and sit back to see what happens. Really fantastic, really queer (trans, bi, and lesbian representation all over the place on the crew), and a really good story tying them together. I feel like Harrow the Ninth will take a lot of the attention this book deserves, and that's a shame. Hopefully everyone who likes space adventures with a variety of l Right after I say "Maybe I just don't like space opera books," I find this one. Take the women from The Expanse, mix them with the women from Firefly, and sit back to see what happens. Really fantastic, really queer (trans, bi, and lesbian representation all over the place on the crew), and a really good story tying them together. I feel like Harrow the Ninth will take a lot of the attention this book deserves, and that's a shame. Hopefully everyone who likes space adventures with a variety of likeable female leads will pick it up asap. This is the second Laura Lam book I've read this year. Both feature a majority female cast, both were set in space, and both were great. I'm definitely checking out whatever she comes up with next.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Filip

    Published by Gollancz Genre: Science fiction Series: Seven Devils #1 (of 2) Pages: 448 (Hardcover) Format: eARC Review Copy: Courtesy of Will O’Mullane over at Gollancz. Release Date: August 6, 2020 Rebellion is bloody business, but necessary – and with an ensemble as memorable as the one you’ll find within the pages of Seven Devils…quite a lot of fun, to boot. Science fiction is a medium well-suited to offering a social commentary while building up an engaging story and setting. Politically charged—to Published by Gollancz Genre: Science fiction Series: Seven Devils #1 (of 2) Pages: 448 (Hardcover) Format: eARC Review Copy: Courtesy of Will O’Mullane over at Gollancz. Release Date: August 6, 2020 Rebellion is bloody business, but necessary – and with an ensemble as memorable as the one you’ll find within the pages of Seven Devils…quite a lot of fun, to boot. Science fiction is a medium well-suited to offering a social commentary while building up an engaging story and setting. Politically charged—to the tune of a message that goes a little like “Down with the patriarchy and toxic masculinity!”—this is a story that doesn’t shy away from the tyranny of empire. Violence, torture, and death are but a few of the more pronounced methods the Tholosian empire uses to maintain its galaxy-spanning influence. Far more subtle is the influence of the Oracle and of One, an AI always present in the thoughts of the empire’s populace, whispering commands in times of turmoil and putting all doubts and thoughts of disloyalty to sleep. Many aspects of life in service of the Empire are illustrated by example – the merciless nature of soldiers compelled to die before they break their orders; the indoctrination of children; and many more injustices this imperium perpetuates upon its own. Seven Devils is rich in terms of intertextuality in regard to the naming conventions of the characters. Drawn chiefly from Greek and Roman mythology, our main cast consists of: Eris, formerly Discordia, the disillusioned heiress of a tyrannical space empire, now turned rebel; Cloelia, a mechanic and engineer for the Novantaen Resistance who knows Eris’s secret; Nyx, one of the Tholosian Empire’s most proficient and deadly killers, tired of all the blood on her hands; Rhea, a courtesan with a secret; and Ariadne, a prodigy who shares a special connection with the Oracle. If I had to pick one character I was impressed with over all others, that would be Eris. It’s little surprise – she’s at the very centre of the conflict, and her decisions—past and present—have a causal relation to the current state of the Tholosian Empire, and beyond. She is in the unique position of possessing intimate knowledge about most (if not all) the major players of the galactic conflict at large; as such, her chapters are chock-full of insight about the ruler of the Empire, the Archon, as well as his heir—and Discordia’s brother—Damocles. The significance of names goes beyond the characters: the resistance Clo and Eris are part of is named after Novantae, the southwestern-most region of Scotland as named by the Romans – and the continued allusions to Classical Antiquity hit the right note with me. For all that, I wouldn’t draw direct comparisons between the Tholosan empire and Ancient Rome. The name again hints at the authors’ intent. ‘Tholos’ comes from Ancient Greek and means “dome,” which is a type of enclosure, as we all know; in other words, a whole—with all the issues inherent to that particular form. Several of the events later in the book affected me to the extent that I had to put it down and take a few days off before reading the last few chapters. As for the finale…it packs a hell of a punch and I wish I could tell you all about it! A small grievance I had was with the curse words, most of them made up—if you’ve read some of my previous reviews, you might be aware that I’m of the opinion these can be hit or miss. I also have an issue with a certain revelation I won’t speak about for fear of spoilers; my problem with this revelation is, I saw it coming and a certain character or two should have, too. Apologies for keeping this so vague, but I’d get in trouble if I said more! The good news is, this one moment does not, in any way, spoil my enjoyment of the rest of the book. The characters are simply that enjoyable. The themes of Seven Devils are of resistance against injustice; of the freedom to choose one’s path rather than be molded for the purposes of a society that is rotten at its core. It might not offer ruminations of vast political and philosophical depth and breadth as some other sci-fi, but its message will affect and absorb. There is a warning at the heart of Seven Devils, of the dangers of genetic engineering and biotechnological tinkering of the human being. It’s a relevant issue to examine, and the novel does it justice. I am eager to see the second part of this duology come to life and reveal the fate of our quirky, battered rebels. Laura Lam and Elizabeth May have done wonderful work with this collaboration, and I am happy to recommend it to fans of sci-fi who enjoy high-adrenaline character-driven adventures! This one, with a generous helping of Ancient Greek family tragedy.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Leticia

    I would like to thank NetGalley and DAW for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I probably wasn't the target audience for this book. I considered it not bad, but also not original enough. Many of the story elements reminded me of other YA books and the constant falling into backstory made it repetitive. This book, like many other YA books, would have profited with more words being cut during editing. There were interesting science fiction elements tough, therefore t I would like to thank NetGalley and DAW for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I probably wasn't the target audience for this book. I considered it not bad, but also not original enough. Many of the story elements reminded me of other YA books and the constant falling into backstory made it repetitive. This book, like many other YA books, would have profited with more words being cut during editing. There were interesting science fiction elements tough, therefore three stars.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Octavia 🧜🏼‍♀️ The Book Mermaid 🧜🏼‍♀️

    Thank you to DAW Publicity for the review copy! Wow. Apparently this is what it feels like to have your still beating heart ripped right out of your chest. I only finished Seven Devils a couple nights ago, but I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Boy, oh, boy, was it a wild ride! Equal parts feminism, humor, and gritty sci-fi action, this book is all kinds of awesome. This story is told from the perspectives of five main characters: Clo (the mechanic), Eris (the rebel princess), Nyx (the soldi Thank you to DAW Publicity for the review copy! Wow. Apparently this is what it feels like to have your still beating heart ripped right out of your chest. I only finished Seven Devils a couple nights ago, but I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Boy, oh, boy, was it a wild ride! Equal parts feminism, humor, and gritty sci-fi action, this book is all kinds of awesome. This story is told from the perspectives of five main characters: Clo (the mechanic), Eris (the rebel princess), Nyx (the soldier), Rhea (the courtesan), and Ariadne (the engineer). I’m not always a fan of alternating POVs, because usually I find one or more of the perspectives boring, but that certainly wasn’t the case with Seven Devils. All five characters contributed something different to the story, and they each had such interesting perspectives of the book’s vast sci-fi universe dictated by a vicious Empire. With five core characters, you’d think it’d be easy for all of those personalities to blur together, but by the end of the book, I found myself loving, admiring, and rooting for each of the five women. They all had individual strengths and weaknesses, but their flaws were what resulted in me really connecting with them. The female relationships in this book were complex and refreshing as well. I love how Eris and Clo’s relationship went from friends, to enemies, to sort-of-friends again. They had a lot of barriers between them, but they still cared about one another deeply and would risk their lives for each other at any costs. Nyx and Ariadne’s relationship was sweet as well, and I love how they kind of had a mother-daughter thing going on. It was so heartwarming! The romance between Clo and Rhea was one I could root for, but I love how the authors made sure it didn’t take away from the overall plot. The story is told mostly in the present, but there are numerous flashbacks to the past that pop up every few chapters. I’m so glad that the authors took the approach of including flashbacks in the book, as they were expertly written and deeply absorbing. Learning about each character’s past made my reading experience THAT much better. I have to admit it, I especially enjoyed the flashback chapters that were in Princess Discordia’s perspective. Her past was so interesting to read about, and it really helped set the dark, patriarchal atmosphere of the story. Discordia was easily my favorite character, probably because she was so complex. She spent her whole life being forced to be ruthless, cruel, and emotionless, but that didn’t stop her from standing up against the Empire and risking her life to do so. I loved how intricate her relationships with her brothers were, and it was so fascinating to see how her past influenced the choices she made throughout the book. Discordia was such a compelling character to read about, and I can’t wait to see how the rest of her story unfolds in book two. Beyond characters, the world-building in Seven Devils was excellent. A lot of information was dumped on us within the first few chapters, but I found the politics of the world so interesting that I didn’t really mind. What surprised me about this book were the startling connections that could be made between the Empire and our own society. Not only is the Empire ruled with an iron fist, but it also wipes out anything and everything in its way of achieving Galactic domination. In the book, the Empire has slaughtered sentient life forms native to many planets, only to claim said planets for itself in order to gain more power, wealth, and resources. This reminds me much of our own planet’s history in many ways, and whether it was the authors’ intention to shed light on that or not, I highly respect them for doing so. I ALSO respect the authors for including so much diversity in this book! Trans, bi, ace, and autistic rep? Yes please! The noteworthy themes of feminism and female strength were very empowering as well, and they’re largely why I loved this book so much! #smashthepatriachyinspace Even if sci-fi isn’t your go-to genre, I’d still consider picking up this book. With strong female characters, an action-driven plot, a thoughtfully crafted setting, and refreshing diversity, there’s something for everybody! Unapologetically feminist and endlessly thrilling, Seven Devils is a phenomenal start to what I’m sure is bound to be a fantastic science fiction duology!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie L

    I hit add after seeing Rogue One.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dalziel Mapp

    A feminist sci-fi story with plentyyyy of LQBTQ+ representation? Check. A fast-paced plot with defined characters I cared a lot about? Check. A painful wait to find out what happens next after a cliffhanger? Check.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gargee | Wilder Girl Reads

    Find this review on my blog This book instantly reels you in with its Star Wars vibes. There is an all evil empire, hell bent on tyranny; and a resistance, hidden away on a sandy planet. But that is about where the similarities end. Seven Devils distinguishes itself with its intricate and realised worldbuilding, some very interesting characters, and a series of ITI missions (Impossible to Infiltrate). Our heroes are not some rag-tag team, though they may seem like it. Each one of them brings somet Find this review on my blog This book instantly reels you in with its Star Wars vibes. There is an all evil empire, hell bent on tyranny; and a resistance, hidden away on a sandy planet. But that is about where the similarities end. Seven Devils distinguishes itself with its intricate and realised worldbuilding, some very interesting characters, and a series of ITI missions (Impossible to Infiltrate). Our heroes are not some rag-tag team, though they may seem like it. Each one of them brings something to the table, and they have trained for that for years. They all carry the burden of a sorrowful and, sometimes, dangerous past; and they all approach it in different ways. They all carry their scars on their sleeves, which is a refreshing sight from the long line of 'suffering hero with a hidden past' trope we are all used to. I really liked that even though they all have a good moral compass, they travel into the greys often. The narrative gives space to the characters to express themselves all the while keeping the reader focused on the plot. They are intertwined with each other quite beautifully, so much so that it is hard to separate them and apply different lenses to them; which is something that I really enjoyed. While the storyline seems straightforward, the twists and the turns hide in the shadows, surprising and stressing us. The characters are so endlessly fascinating; you get morsels of their self, their past, and then you are left wanting for more, never to be satiated. They are artfully created and the tender moments they share are a sight to behold. The book contains bisexual, lesbian, asexual, autistic and a physical disability (prosthetic) representation for three out of its five main characters, out of which the bi and autistic reps are ownvoices. There is also a side character who is a trans woman. In my opinion, all of these representations were handled gracefully, never once detracting from a character, making them seem monolithic or limiting them to their rep. The book gives us simplistic and yet thought provoking writing. With an enchanting premise and execution, the book left me hungry for its sequel. If you are looking for a new adult or space scifi, I would highly recommend picking this up. Thanks to DAW and Gollancz for providing me an ARC via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest opinions. Find me elsewhere: Blog | BookTube | Instagram | Twitter | The Story Graph

  26. 4 out of 5

    ♛ cameron ♛

    Came for the queer space opera and left with a mediocre YA sci-fi story

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    She looked out at the stars and planned her next game. Queens kill king. 4.5 starsIf you enjoyed 'Six of Crows' or 'Star Wars', you'll probably like this one too! 'Seven Devils' boasts an epic interstellar journey of resistance and undercover ops against the totalitarian Tholosian Empire, over which stands the watchful gaze of the Oracle (also known as One), an AI program that brainwashes and surveils the regions under Tholosian rule. There are also distinct, diverse characters, including BIPO She looked out at the stars and planned her next game. Queens kill king. 4.5 starsIf you enjoyed 'Six of Crows' or 'Star Wars', you'll probably like this one too! 'Seven Devils' boasts an epic interstellar journey of resistance and undercover ops against the totalitarian Tholosian Empire, over which stands the watchful gaze of the Oracle (also known as One), an AI program that brainwashes and surveils the regions under Tholosian rule. There are also distinct, diverse characters, including BIPOC, disabled, trans, queer, neurodivergent characters, which is both important to their characterisation (for example, attention is paid to how Cloelia's prosthetic leg affects her daily life) but it is not all they are. (Note: the racism/xenophobia in this book is not based on skin colour, but rather a fear of alien superpowered abilities.) 'Seven Devils' also has an irresistible found-family dynamic with excellent banter! 'Don't make me regret this,' Clo grumbled. 'Don't be an asshole,' Eris sang back. 'Assholes are warm and sensitive,' Clo returned. The gang's personalities are all so different and makes for some truly hilarious exchanges. '[I]f that thing is dangerous,' Clo [asked], 'what would happen to us?' 'Oh, who knows?' Ariadne gave a dismissive wave of a gloved hand. 'But some substances can make you really sick from organ and bone marrow damage. Or you might start hemorrhaging. Or you can become incapacitated and eventually die. It's like a surprise! Only the surprise is your death and how quickly it happens.' 'I shouldn't have asked.' It was a bit of a rocky start with this one - a flood of place and people names, a few info-dumps that were interesting but still info-dumps, and plot-wise, a relatively slow beginning. During introspective passages, some lines felt a little overdramatic but once the stakes shot up, these lines fit much better. Once 'Seven Devils' gets going, it really digs its claws into you and keeps you hooked. The last quarter in particular was a slew of rocketing plot twists and high octane scene flow.The world-building is quite intricate, built up through flashbacks and *ahem* the aforementioned info-dumps, and everyone's backstories are similarly layered in complexity. (Even the antagonist develops too - at least from our original concept of them - and I anticipate we may get some more of their backstory in the sequel.) Flashbacks take place as whole chapters, which I think is smart as it's a lot less confusing than having random backstory passages in the middle of a stressful present-day scene, but it does make the plot seem like it's slower than it actually is.Their backstories built character depth, especially for Eris/Discordia. Eris used to be Princess Discordia, (also known as General Discordia), Heir to a brutal Empire that demands its potential rulers to kill all but one of their siblings (the Spare) in order to earn their place as successor. Eris/Discordia was my favourite, utterly fascinating and compelling in her character arc. She's particularly interesting because most of her character arc has already taken place before this book, in the years leading up to her faking her death and defecting to the Resistance. Change the damn Empire, Discordia. Make it yours. Make it better. While there was a sweet sapphic romance blossoming between two other characters (Cloelia and Rhea), the bond I was most invested in was the sibling love between Eris/Discordia and her gentle brother Xander, so different to her other brother Damocles, the present-day Heir. The crumbs of Xander's story, scattered throughout Eris' flashbacks, built up his bond with her until I grieved him too, despite Xander never appearing in the present-day. I actually wept real tears. Discordia wanted Xander to live. She wanted him to live more than she wanted to rule an empire. By virtue of having characters with wildly different backgrounds, 'Seven Devils' could address several themes quite well. For example, through Eris/Discordia and another character, Ariadne, the difference between toxic love (from their parents) and healthy love is illustrated. Even if her father cared about her in his own way, it was destructive. Toxic... It was Xander who had truly cared for her. His affection had not come with pain. It also portrays the dangers of nationalism, institutionalised violence and heteronormative, binary thinking. This is what the Empire did: forced you to become complicit in the dehumanization of others... Nationalism cultivated prejudice. Everyone here was fighting against their own upbringing. The Oracle forces people into neat little boxes because One only understands order. But humans are messy. We are not binary; we don't exist in ones and zeroes. This or that. I have some remaining questions, like how Eris first came to the resistance, why Discordia and Damocles are blonde versus their 49 other brunette siblings, but I trust these will be addressed in the sequel. The final line was absolutely amazing. Gave me literal chills. I am SO excited for the next book! Thank you to NetGalley and Gollancz for the eARC in exchange for an honest review!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Manon the Malicious

    I was provided an ARC by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was so so so so good. I seriously loved it, I don't know where to start though. I went in just knowing that it was a feminist and queer space opera, and I love that I didn't know more. I just fell for the characters one after the other and was so very engrossed by the entire plot. I really was captivated from the first sentence to the last. It really was that good. Perfectly gay and such a great cast, all I was provided an ARC by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was so so so so good. I seriously loved it, I don't know where to start though. I went in just knowing that it was a feminist and queer space opera, and I love that I didn't know more. I just fell for the characters one after the other and was so very engrossed by the entire plot. I really was captivated from the first sentence to the last. It really was that good. Perfectly gay and such a great cast, all of them. They are my children and I would die for them all. The tension, the friendships, the enemies to friends arcs, I just can't. I don't know what else to say, just read it. I seriously CANNOT wait for book 2.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nicole N. (A Myriad of Books)

    11/20/2019: One of the authors, Elizabeth May, has stated this is ADULT sci-fi via THIS TWITTER STATUS. Laura Lam/Amrbose, the other co-author, also stated that this book is NOT being marketed as a YA or published by a YA publisher. This is her Tweet regarding the aforementioned. 11/20/2019: One of the authors, Elizabeth May, has stated this is ADULT sci-fi via THIS TWITTER STATUS. Laura Lam/Amrbose, the other co-author, also stated that this book is NOT being marketed as a YA or published by a YA publisher. This is her Tweet regarding the aforementioned.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dom

    A feminist space opera with an ensemble cast that embodies some of my favourite archetypes, Seven Devils is an adult science fiction story that delivers a promising start to a high stakes, expansive, and brutal conflict spanning across a galactic empire. Our cast: Eris - The Traitor Heir Clo - The Ace Pilot and Mechanic Nyx - The Decorated Soldier Ariadne - The Youthful Engineer Rhea - The Elite Courtesan The characters are a highlight of Seven Devils, with a diverse cast where each person feels distin A feminist space opera with an ensemble cast that embodies some of my favourite archetypes, Seven Devils is an adult science fiction story that delivers a promising start to a high stakes, expansive, and brutal conflict spanning across a galactic empire. Our cast: Eris - The Traitor Heir Clo - The Ace Pilot and Mechanic Nyx - The Decorated Soldier Ariadne - The Youthful Engineer Rhea - The Elite Courtesan The characters are a highlight of Seven Devils, with a diverse cast where each person feels distinct and developed. It’s no small task to juggle five main POVs and make them all interesting and entertaining, but Seven Devils accomplishes this handily. Having a cast of predominantly women in a ‘take down the evil empire’ story was also a delight, as that’s not usually the case in media when this narrative is explored. Both the inner life of our main cast and the relationships between them are portrayed in realistic, human ways, and the interactions between them was largely what kept me reading. The huge cherry on top for me was having queer women as protagonists and a WLW relationship depicted on page. There is also a trans woman as a central character and one of the protagonists seems to be asexual though the word itself isn’t used, so that was awesome as well. The worldbuilding in this novel intrigued me from the get-go, and its presented in a way that makes the odds feel utterly overwhelming against our protagonists while still affording them opportunities to make progress. I also appreciate that there’s consideration given to how messy and morally complicated being on the side of the rebellion can be—often those aspects are painted over in favour of the clear delineation between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ sides. There are AIs, multiple species, lots of planets, tons of space travel, interesting tech, and compelling villains and antagonistic forces at play, which makes for an entertaining sci-fi read. My only critique for Seven Devils is pacing. The first half of the book consists of a lot of setup interspersed with backstory flashbacks for the main cast, which made the reasonably slow pace feel even slower. By contrast, the ending is lightning fast and action packed, with a cliffhanger of the ending that reminds me why duologies are not my personal favourite cup of tea. I’m hoping the second installment will provide a more linear story since we already know the characters and their history. Overall, Seven Devils matches the author-provided comps quite well. If you liked the space opera tension of Rogue One, the kick butt feminism in the face of the dystopian patriarchy of Mad Max: Fury Road, and the found family in space against an overwhelming enemy vibes of Firefly—except make it mostly women and some of them LGBTQ+—Seven Devils is definitely worth a read. I’m so excited to see where this story goes in its second and final installment and this is a book I’ll be adding to my recommendation toolkit. Thank you to NetGalley and DAW for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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