Released: January 16, 2018
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Page Count: 544
Known across the galaxy as the Bloody Baroness, Captain Androma Racella and her motley crew of space-bound privateers roam the Mirabel galaxy on the glass starship Marauder, taking what mercenary work they can find to stay alive.
When a routine job goes awry, the Marauder’s all-girl crew find themselves placed at the mercy of a dangerous bounty hunter from Andi’s past. Coerced into a life-threatening mission, and straight into the path of a shadowy ruler bent on revenge, Andi and her crew will either restore order to the ship—or start a war that will devour worlds.
Okay, where to start? I picked up this book really due to all of the things I heard about the book. None of them good at all. I watched a few book reviews on YouTube that complained about basically everything within this book. I decided to read Zenith myself to not only form my own opinion, but to see if people weren’t just being overly critical.
The first thing I noticed while reading that really caught my attention (not in a good way) was how there was a lot of elements I felt were put in to make it sound cooler. For instance, the nickname the Bloody Baroness repeatedly said to be given to her by people whose crossed her path. It’s never really said why specifically though the title Baroness, which traditionally means the wife or widow of a baron and was usually called lady. I also found it slightly annoying that the book constantly mentioned her blood red nails. I get it. Red like the blood of her victims.
But back to the “cool sounding” elements. Everything mentioned in the book was there to sound good. The ship made of impenetrable glass (but at the same time needed metal for extra protection), one of the crew member, Breck, whose skin is so tough bullets can’t get through, but somehow manages to get hit hard enough for her nose to get broken.
The crew is built up to be this scary and tough crew that can never be captured or taken down, but everything that has never happened to them all happens at the same time. No one has ever gotten the drop on Andi (the Bloody Baroness) or her crew, but that immediately happens in the beginning of the novel. Also, It’s kind of hard to sympathize with these main protagonists when I am constantly reminded of all of the people they have killed. There is constantly lines such as: “How many lives had she stolen? How mant families back on Arcardius would don shades of gray in mourning for weeks to come?” Gilly, the youngest of the crew, can turn on and off her murderous desire and be scared of being taken away, but in the same sentence she is refered to as a bloodthirsty little fairy.
There are also other points that didn’t make much sense to me. If Andi and her crew is the best at what they do, how come they don’t have a lot of funds to get the equipment they both want and need?
Then there is these lines:
“The girls lined up side by side, Andi with her swords, Gilly with her gun. Breck unveiled a black short-whip that crackled with light. Lira stood with her fists clenched, appearing weaponless to those who did not know the ways her body could move, lithe as a predator on the hunt. Her scales flashed as she glared at the bridge’s exit.”
This happens when they are attacked and eventually surrounded in what comes another situation I don’t understand. They are able to kill everyone that surrounds them, but their attacker brings out more and they are forced to surrender. Why didn’t bring out all of your troops to begin with? The first group didn’t even have to die. Oh and apparently the only person capable of capturing Andi was her ex lover who betrayed her and is the original owner of her ship.
So it goes without saying that I didn’t like this book. But at the same time, the story definitely had potential, especially with the ending. If the authors had perhaps took their time or maybe focused less on throwing a lot of cool things at the reader, it could have been a good book.
Final rating: 2.5/5. Would I recommend it? No, only if you would like to form your own opinion on the book. But, because I like to finish series, I will be reading the next book in the series when it comes it called Nexus.