Mini-Read Review: The Perfect Weapon by Delilah Dawson & The Moth Society by Rashelle Workman


Mini-Read Review is a feature created here on In Libris Veritas in order to showcase the reviews for short stories and novellas which so often get overlooked.

27223580Source: Purchased
Publisher: Del Rey
Series: Star Wars
Edition: eBook, 60 pages
Genre: Sci-fi Novella
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Rating: 4/5 Stars

Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens with this exclusive ebook short story set shortly before the events of the film, featuring a quick-witted mercenary who takes big risks for bigger rewards—and now faces the challenge that will take her to the edge.

There are plenty of mercenaries, spies, and guns for hire in the galaxy. But probably none as dangerous and determined as Bazine Netal. A master of disguise—and lethal with a blade, a blaster, or bare handed—she learned from the best. Now it’s her turn to be the teacher—even if schooling an eager but inexperienced recruit in the tricks of her trade is the last thing she wants to do. But it’s the only way to score the ship she needs to pull off her latest job.

An anonymous client has hired Bazine to track down an ex-stormtrooper and recover the mysterious package he’s safeguarding. Payment for the mission promises to be astronomical, but the obstacles facing Bazine will prove to be formidable. And though her eager new sidekick has cyber skills crucial to the mission, only Bazine’s razor-sharp talents will mean the difference between success or failure—and life or death.

The Perfect Weapon is basically a little teaser story set right before Force Awakens, meant to entice you with possibilities and the promise of cool characters. I’d say it did it’s job pretty well.

We follow a woman named Bazine as she begins work on a job mired in mystery and danger. I quite like her, she’s smart, lethal and capable of handling a sticky situation by herself. Her danger lies in her power to change her appearance and lure people into believing what wants them to. I do think at this point I’m a bit over having badass morally ambiguaous women who use charm all the time…I kind of just want a badass woman with questionable morals and no charm. I want her to open her mouth and the wrong thing to come out. But I degress, and depsite that desire I still do enjoy Bazine as a person and hope to see more of her in either the movies or the books.

The story is fairly quick at only 60 pages, and is plenty of both intrigue, humor, and action. We get to see some new places and people, and it really makes me wonder just what will play into the Force Awakens. Will it be Bazine herself, her ship, the planet, or some of the side characters?

4 stars

25540124Source: Purchased
Series: Blood & Snow #10.1
Edition: eBook, – pages
Genre: Fantasy Novella
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Rating: 3/5 Stars

In the last millennia a deadly game has raged between demons and their half-human creations, called Moths. A century ago select Moths were born with distinctive marks on the backs of their hands. It was soon discovered that those with the marks possessed the same powers as their demon parent. Over the years an elite group of warriors formed The Dark Moth Society.
Alice Blackburn is a Dark Moth trainee. Some of her classmates call her the Queen of Hearts, but only because she doesn’t share hers. There isn’t time. Not for fun and especially not for Kade Everett, the injured warrior she is required to help. In just a few days, her creator, the foul demon that killed her mom will come to kill her. That’s part of the game after all. And when he does, she will end him.

Despite Dark Moth taking place later in a series I didn’t have an issues falling into it and understanding most of what was happening, however I don’t think it grab me quite enough to want to truly pick up or continue on with the series.

The idea is quite interesting and it certainly has an different take on the Alice in Wonderland theme. Instead of it being a world based solely on that of Lewis Carroll’s, it has a more…open interpretations. The Dark Moth’s war with the demons is pretty interesting especially given the parentage of the initiates. I did have some issues with the plot at times, where many decisions made little sense but were obvious means to move the plot in a certain direction. Like the fact that one person just turn to the age when demons are attracted to them, but instead telling him to stay hidden they go out into the open knowing the danger. Yeah..I can see why this guy is in charge.

It’s a decent intro to the series, but with little grievances here and there I’m not sure if I like it enough to move forward.

3 star



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