Everything I want from a Sci-Fi romance in one excellent story


Machine Metal Magic
by Hanna Dare

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh this book is everything I love in a Sci-Fi story – a dastardly villain, clever plot, a brilliant ship’s crew, marvellous adventures, strong commanding heroes with a soft side, and an element of suspense leading to a thrilling conclusion.

It’s my first book from Hanna Dare and I was thoroughly entertained from start to finish as the story unfolded into a quite clever and complex plot involving sentient and deadly AI, humans with the ability to directly communicate with technology, and a bunch of smugglers who got themselves mixed up in it all.

The characters were fabulously drawn, each unique and bringing a depth to the narrative. It reminded me a lot of both Farscape and Anne McCaffrey’s Brainship series, each having sentient ships with personalities of their own.

Jaime and Rylan’s romance was a classic frenemies one and I totally bought into it, each one finding an emotional strength in the other that they’d not realised they needed.

I also totally loved bounty hunter Xin, who almost stole the show in his brief appearance. I’d love to read more adventures with this motley crew!

#ARC kindly provided by the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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