Book Review: Conviction

 

Razia is in trouble. Captured by a fellow pirate, she now finds herself back on probation with a bounty worth zero credits. In the cold reality, she begins to question herself and everything she has been working towards all of her life–and what she’s willing to do to reclaim her glory.

Conviction is the third book in the Razia series.

Piracy is a game. What do you stand for?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another day, and another massively over due review completed.  I had to indulge on a reading binge to try to get caught up.  (And, I still have a huge promised reads to get through.)

 

This is the third book in the series, and the third time I have dipped into Ms. Usher’s imagination to fly with her as she navigates Razia through the game that is piracy.

S. Usher Evans does a wonderful job continuing to build her worlds.  This time, it is not the geographies that she builds up, rather the political and social facets of the cultures.  There are still a few new world-sized settings that we get a glimpse of, but for the most part, the action stays centered on areas that we’ve already seen in the first two books.  Seeing how/why the cultures function adds a depth that gives the overall tapestry she’s working against a bit more pop and sizzle – especially within the underside culture of pirating.

With the character building, there’s a little bit of a break.  Since this is a series with more books to come (I hope), I was intrigued by what Ms. Evans focused on.  There is some repetition from the previous books, so if you missed them you don’t have to go back and pick them up to keep up with the story.  (However, I’d highly advise it because they are just that much fun!)  I was a little disappointed in the way Razia backslid in dealing with her insecurities.  However, this is a very human thing to do, so I didn’t actually feel it was a negative for the overall story.  Besides, the backsliding gave time for the support cast to step in and really shine, and for some new folks to be introduced.  Once everyone was in play, Razia’s personal growth continued.  It was an interesting meander through her hopes and fears, desires and petty dislikes as she struggled to rise to the challenge before her.  One she had thought she’d vanquished before.

The pace of the story is well developed.  It does kick off rather quickly, but there are a few spots along the way where you can take a moment or two to catch your breath.  There’s a little bit of everything for almost any reader – the science fiction aspect of the futuristic society that spans worlds, the more intimate times for those who enjoy a fun feel good story, and the go out and raze the universe for those who like a lot of action.  This continues to be a character driven story, which is one of the things I really enjoyed about the series.  This book just brings it in a little closer to home, not quite so much at arm’s length.

Overall, a fun read that I’ll enjoy coming back to from time to time – a fairly earned 5 out of 5 stars for me.

If you enjoyed the review, and wish to find out more about Razia, you can pick up your copy of Conviction on Amazon Here.

 

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