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Profile Image for Justine.
1,132 reviews309 followers
April 6, 2018
A really enjoyable middle book. I feel like Ellsworth has found his feet a bit more in the story and that really showed. It was a longer book than A Red Peace, but a bit more focused. I'm looking forward to seeing how everything wraps up in Memory's Blade.
Profile Image for Beth Cato.
Author 109 books531 followers
November 26, 2017
The second volume in Ellsworth's fun new space opera series recreates a heist caper with soul-stealing swords, gigantic bugs, and a reluctant saint. I can't wait for the third book!
Profile Image for Scott.
1,156 reviews106 followers
January 13, 2018
Middle book in this space opera trilogy.

I had the same problems with this book as I did with the first one - for large portions of the book there seems to be absolutely no point to any of it, it's like you're just turning pages and reading words. Nothing seems to move the story forward because there doesn't seem to really be a story.

The last book I rounded up because the last 20% of the book was amazing.
This book I'm rounding down because there just isn't enough story to warrant anything else (and this is a SHORT book).

We still have our Empire and Resistance and Reckoning (you take your pick), we have our heroes and villains, we have fights and battles. But what we really have is a great story outline that didn't really get written all that well.

Good enough for a three star rating but just barely.

We'll see if Ellsworth can bring it together in Book 3.
Profile Image for Jess.
551 reviews22 followers
February 20, 2018
Ok, even setting aside the AWESOME title which just has the nicest ring to it, the second book in the Starfire trilogy was fantastic in every way. There was no sophomore slump to be had here, and it left me wanting more.

Likes: uh, like, it all. It's extremely action-packed; the entire novel runs at a breakneck pace, altering viewpoints from our intrepid heroes. I just love them. Each character is trying to make the universe a better place while struggling against their own limitations and inclinations towards selfishness. I was fascinated by the exploration of faith and belief; as always, Ellsworth has an interesting spin on what it means to believe. I highly recommend his short story When Stars are Scattered, only $0.99 on Amazon at the moment and it should give you a good idea of how quickly you will love his characters and how fast you will be invested in their stories. Jaqi is so funny and sweet and awesome. Araskar reminds me of Finn from Star Wars, if Finn had pulled the trigger before he left the rebellion, and if he had a fling with Leia, if Leia had turned to the dark side. I mean, it's so great.

Dislikes: bug guts. LOTS OF BUG GUTS. But I wouldn't let this discourage you from reading it. This novel is described as "gritty" but it's cover blurb, but I have to beg to differ?? It's squishy? Perhaps... chunky?? There are gelatinous sentient aliens who get some kind of cold, so. A fair amount of barfing, and unexplored trope in space travel.

Overall this book is fun, exciting, excruciatingly sad, (Ellsworth better leave Araskar alone, for heaven's sake! Let him rest!), funny, and interesting. If you are a fan of sci-fi I highly recommend it.
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242 reviews2 followers
January 31, 2018
Imagine a heist story where the majority of the action happens on the Celestial station Knowhere from Guardians of the Galaxy. Now instead of a severed head it's an entire giant bug that's being mined for its oxygen reserves while also previously being a prison and now a pit fighting gambling arena. Add in some fluid based lifeforms staffing the place and a huge Necro-guard ("Death") protecting the boss.

Near the end there's a hilarious shout out to "Do you feel lucky punk?" which was worth reading the book all on its own. Book 2 of 3 so you know the drill regarding plot hanging.
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634 reviews75 followers
January 2, 2018
La saga ha cogido un camino que no me ha convencido, pero al final deja las puertas abiertas hacia el tercer volumen de una forma que me ha interesado. Creo que le daré otra oportunidad, pero este he estado a punto de abandonarlo en la parte central.
Profile Image for John Purvis.
1,145 reviews18 followers
March 31, 2018
"Starfire: Shadow Sun Seven" eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Spencer Ellsworth ( Mr. Ellsworth has published seven novels. This is the second book in his "Starfire Trilogy".

I received an ARC of this novel through in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Situations. The story is set in the far future.

Genetic half-breeds between Humans and Jorians have been created, and now they have risen up as rebels. Their forces have just won their revolution. The primary character of this story is Jaqi, a navigator who is trying to just stay off everyone's radar and survive. Araskar is a soldier who was with the Rebels, but is now with Jaqi. Both are half-breeds.

Jaqi, Araskar and a small group are on the run from everyone. They hear about a secret being held in the Shadow Sun Seven penal colony and concoct a wild plan to breach the colony, find the secret and spirit it away. Araaskar died during the story told in the prior book, but Jaqi was apparently able to revive him. Now there are several who consider her a savior foretold of in the bible.

The plan is good and holds together for a while, then everything falls apart. Jaqi and those that followed her to Shadow Sun Seven must fight for their lives.

I enjoyed the 6.5 hours I spent reading this 336 page science fiction tale. This sort of reads OK as a standalone book, but it was a big help that I had read the first volume of the trilogy Starfire: A Red Peace. The action with the various characters gets a little chaotic, though overall I like the characters and the plot. I like the cover art. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Profile Image for Adam Collings.
Author 14 books62 followers
February 20, 2023
Another great installment in this series. This one continues to play with the "chosen one" trope, using Jaqui, a very unlikely, and not quite reluctant chosen one. Are the prophecies real? Is she some kind of "special oogie" as she calls it? The book keeps you guessing, and leaving room for multiple options.
After an exciting rescue mission to a giant space bug turned space mining station, we see the the potential beginnings of their counter-resistance., and a tease of what promises to be an epic mission into the darkness.

I like how this series turns the cliche of the "good" resistance and the "bad" empire on its head. I also like Jaqui as a protagonist, the way she values life, whether it be human, alien, highborn, or low, and protects the kids, who have a price on their heads because they are highborn "bluebloods"

Will definitely be checking out book 3.
Profile Image for Liz (Quirky Cat).
4,156 reviews64 followers
February 24, 2018
I received a copy of Shadow Sun Seven from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Shadow Sun Seven is Spencer Ellsworth’s second book in the Starfire trilogy. This series is perfect for anyone looking for a science fiction read with just a little bit of fantasy thrown into the mix; the cover description calls it a space opera, and while that term didn’t immediately come to mind I certainly can’t argue with it either. Like the last novel, I absolutely loved the cover (Thank goodness for those bright covers – it caught my attention right away!). Fans that enjoyed A Red Peace will appreciate the follow up, meanwhile those that haven’t read it will probably be at least a little bit lost, so please don’t jump right to this one.

For more reviews, check out Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks
Profile Image for Jason Vanhee.
Author 13 books23 followers
December 30, 2017
Middle books are often problematic, meant to get you from point A to point B and suffering because they are intended for nothing beyond bridging the start and the end. Not so here. There's so much going on, and so much is seeded for side plots and subnarratives, that it doesn't feel like there's any slack or like it's perfunctory. I am not certain all the side plots will get taken care of, and that's good--a world, a universe, should feel as if bits of it are going on without your main characters being involved. Next and final book in the trilogy comes out in a couple of months, and I am much looking forward to it.
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Author 12 books1 follower
December 12, 2017
“Shadow Sun Seven” is an episode of “Leverage” set in a galaxy far far away. It’s fun, breezy, and full of whiz-bang reversals.

That said, it didn’t resonate with me as much as the first book in the series. It had all the elements of the first book, but the two main characters somehow didn’t feel as deep, and their arcs didn’t seem as dynamic. I think I wanted to see more tension between them, he a soldier used to rigid order and self-sacrifice, her used to taking any advantage or pleasure she can.

There were still some great character moments, like Jaqi struggling with guilt over killing a guard and Araskar grieving his dead lover, but I wanted more of it, which the breakneck pace didn’t allow.

Still excited to read Book 3, but hoping for the added richness that set Book 1 apart from most space operas.
462 reviews
June 5, 2018
So Jaqi is now the real Chosen one and Araskar has switched allegiances.

As a source for dense oxygen cells, you would think the location of Shadow Sun Seven would be more generally known. Also, the soulswords and their memory stealing abilities were never explained.

Not a bad read but the villain's choice to keep the heroes alive for entertainment purposes seems just so stereotypically cartoony and done solely for the sake of the plot.
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372 reviews6 followers
December 5, 2017
More fun, fun, fun, at breakneck speed; perhaps a little less revelatory than the first volume (a common enough phenomenon), but Ellsworth still manages to surprise and delight. Ridiculous and entirely larger than life--which is the way good space opera should be--with a solid touch of humanity in the midst of all the action.
Profile Image for Jared Abbott.
150 reviews22 followers
March 25, 2018
I liked this book better than Red Peace. The characters get a bit more depth, especially Jaqi and Araskar. As a USMC combat veteran, I found their struggles with war and killing very relatable--although, thankfully, I don't retain the memories of slain enemies. I'm looking forward to digging in to the next book.
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266 reviews
July 27, 2018
You know how a middle book in a trilogy can often be dense and long since more of the story is played out and you worry that it might be boring and you won't get to the third one because you will give up? Well, this second book in this set is not like that, at all. It was a fast-moving, adventure packed ride. This author knows how to tell a good story. Highly recommended!!
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Author 12 books110 followers
December 20, 2017
A continuation of Ellsworth's fast-paced not to mention hilarious space opera. Following Jaqi and Araskar on their next parallel adventures didn't disappoint. There are serious moments of self-reflection and examples of how far a fascist regime can go...and a gunslinger!
Profile Image for Melinda Mitchell.
374 reviews6 followers
December 11, 2017
I love this series! Jaqi is an amazing character and I love how she grows in this. The whole book is action-packed, non-stop. Can't wait for the third!
Profile Image for Mark Gardner.
Author 21 books51 followers
December 5, 2017
I enjoyed this story. A more detailed review to follow when I've read all three books in the trilogy.
Profile Image for Daniel.
15 reviews1 follower
December 26, 2017
Gripping, believable, engaging

One of the greats, in my opinion. Somewhat like my childhood's SciFi, but with a modern twist. Really worthy work.
7 reviews
January 18, 2018

Builds on the first novel that was astounding . Can't wait for the third. Keep up the good work Mr. Ellsworth I'm loving it.
Profile Image for Shawn Ridenour.
197 reviews4 followers
February 16, 2018
Unfortunately Shadow Sun Seven fell flat. I lost interest in the characters and plot early on and it never regained my attention.
Profile Image for Phil Rossi.
Author 15 books122 followers
March 1, 2018
Highly entertaining. I'm glad I stumbled across Mr. Ellsworth on twitter. Definitely delivers on a fun, unique, and entertaining tale blending sci fi with a healthy dollop of mysticism.
Profile Image for Katarina  Honeycutt.
358 reviews1 follower
March 9, 2018
This book was okay. The middle of the book got a tad boring. Much like the first book everything starts to come together and become interesting in the very last few pages of the book.
Profile Image for Teresa.
230 reviews22 followers
April 15, 2018
Yum, yum. Que lastimica que ya sólo quede un libro...
Profile Image for Sheila.
455 reviews13 followers
November 27, 2018
This is such an enjoyable read! No slowing down in book 2 of this trilogy. Action-packed & tons of fun, I am hooked on this story & can't wait to read book 3!
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265 reviews16 followers
February 17, 2019
Starts out a very space-operatic heist, ends up with grand politics and morality, though still very operatic. World-building is good, but why *miles* and *feet*, cmon, really?
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916 reviews9 followers
July 19, 2019
I love the cast. It really will appeal to fans of firefly. It really shines in the audible addition.
Profile Image for Rebecca Ellsworth.
4 reviews1 follower
August 11, 2019
The second in the trilogy! It's a continuation of an epic save-the-universe story. We get to know the characters better, and then the ending - GAH! I hated waiting for the third one to come out!
59 reviews
January 13, 2021
Same qualities as book 1. If you did not like that don't read this.
My rating: 4.5
5: Excellent
4: Liked by would not necessarily recommend
3: Read to the end
2: Could not finish
1: Repellent
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