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Vaslisha Tor Dain is a mercenary starship captain with a few simple rules: A good ship is better than a great man, in case of confusion always err on the side of blowing someone's head off, and never fall for a telepath or a member of her crew. All of those are about to bite her in the ass. Vas’s life takes a turn for the worse when she comes back to her crew after what Vaslisha Tor Dain is a mercenary starship captain with a few simple rules: A good ship is better than a great man, in case of confusion always err on the side of blowing someone's head off, and never fall for a telepath or a member of her crew. All of those are about to bite her in the ass. Vas’s life takes a turn for the worse when she comes back to her crew after what should have been a two week pleasure trip to find out she’s actually been gone a month and has no memory of missing time. Her beloved ship, The Victorious Dead, has been sold for scrap and its pieces scattered throughout the galaxy. In addition, there are unmarked ships blowing apart entire planets and the Commonwealth government can’t, or won’t, stop them. And that’s just her first day back. Vas has to fight her crew, the Commonwealth, and a mysterious cadre of warrior monks to get her ship back and save a universe that may not want to be saved.


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Vaslisha Tor Dain is a mercenary starship captain with a few simple rules: A good ship is better than a great man, in case of confusion always err on the side of blowing someone's head off, and never fall for a telepath or a member of her crew. All of those are about to bite her in the ass. Vas’s life takes a turn for the worse when she comes back to her crew after what Vaslisha Tor Dain is a mercenary starship captain with a few simple rules: A good ship is better than a great man, in case of confusion always err on the side of blowing someone's head off, and never fall for a telepath or a member of her crew. All of those are about to bite her in the ass. Vas’s life takes a turn for the worse when she comes back to her crew after what should have been a two week pleasure trip to find out she’s actually been gone a month and has no memory of missing time. Her beloved ship, The Victorious Dead, has been sold for scrap and its pieces scattered throughout the galaxy. In addition, there are unmarked ships blowing apart entire planets and the Commonwealth government can’t, or won’t, stop them. And that’s just her first day back. Vas has to fight her crew, the Commonwealth, and a mysterious cadre of warrior monks to get her ship back and save a universe that may not want to be saved.

30 review for Warrior Wench

  1. 5 out of 5

    Pamela(AllHoney)

    The first book in The Asarlai Wars series by Marie Andreas. Vaslisha Tor Dain is a mercenary captain back from r&r. But her 2 weeks turned into a month and her memory is sketchy. Time to find her ship and... Her ship is what? Her ship has been taken apart and scattered across the galaxy. So she takes another ship, the Warrior Wench and goes to find her crew. Odd things are happening and it looks like it's up to her and her crew to figure it all out. While the story doesn't end in a cliffhanger, t The first book in The Asarlai Wars series by Marie Andreas. Vaslisha Tor Dain is a mercenary captain back from r&r. But her 2 weeks turned into a month and her memory is sketchy. Time to find her ship and... Her ship is what? Her ship has been taken apart and scattered across the galaxy. So she takes another ship, the Warrior Wench and goes to find her crew. Odd things are happening and it looks like it's up to her and her crew to figure it all out. While the story doesn't end in a cliffhanger, there are unresolved issues that will continue to the next book which is not out yet apparently :( I liked it. I will certainly look for the next book in the series whenever it come out.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    This came across as a "firefly" type story. All was entertaining until the last 5% then I think the author didn't know what to do and started throwing in ideas that didn't gel with the story. Still enjoyable and I will read the next one. This came across as a "firefly" type story. All was entertaining until the last 5% then I think the author didn't know what to do and started throwing in ideas that didn't gel with the story. Still enjoyable and I will read the next one.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Laz the Sailor

    This was an exciting inter-galactic romp for a bunch of mercenaries led by a strong woman. There are many worlds and species and aspects of intrigue, but it never became confusing, nor were there any massive data-dumps. Information was presented during the story as appropriate to the situation. The mercenaries are diverse, and they each have special skillsets, and weaknesses. The names were easy to follow. These guys have many enemies, and the situation changes on every page, but it still flowed This was an exciting inter-galactic romp for a bunch of mercenaries led by a strong woman. There are many worlds and species and aspects of intrigue, but it never became confusing, nor were there any massive data-dumps. Information was presented during the story as appropriate to the situation. The mercenaries are diverse, and they each have special skillsets, and weaknesses. The names were easy to follow. These guys have many enemies, and the situation changes on every page, but it still flowed well. This is the start of a trilogy, so it ends a bit abruptly. I'll be reading the rest. PS: This was included in a group of books from StoryBundle(tm).

  4. 4 out of 5

    Evan Nelson

    I stopped at around the 30% mark -- I couldn't finish it. This book is a collection of every sci-fi trope known to humanity, crammed together as tightly as possible. I could hardly turn a single page without reading about blasters or ship computers or yet another random alien race that seems eerily tailored to be perfect at some specific human profession. And the characters... oh the characters. Even if I tried I could not create a cast of characters that so closely matches a specific set of bori I stopped at around the 30% mark -- I couldn't finish it. This book is a collection of every sci-fi trope known to humanity, crammed together as tightly as possible. I could hardly turn a single page without reading about blasters or ship computers or yet another random alien race that seems eerily tailored to be perfect at some specific human profession. And the characters... oh the characters. Even if I tried I could not create a cast of characters that so closely matches a specific set of boring archetypes. Deven the handsome, powerful, mysterious, do-gooder. Mac the haphazard schemer (but who is the best pilot ever!). Vas the sardonic, fearless, violent mercenary captain. Or at least, the book tries very hard to describe Vas as sardonic and violent. They practically shove it down your throat. But then every one of Vas's actions go completely against that described personality; she never really hurts anyone (even Skrankle who destroyed her warship, her home and livelihood). She lets everyone on her crew push her around. Oh, and the "sexual tension" between Deven and Vas is completely contrived and lifeless. I could go on, but the summary is that this book is terrible. Even having received it for free I still lost out on the deal.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Koeur

    Rating: 2.6/5 Review: A fairly mundane attempt at the 'Space Operatic' with bold characterization and fairly good world building. The Bad: Vas, while being hotter than a two-dollar pistol, is also a borderline sociopath that kills with a justified contract or you just plane pissed her off somehow. She has tons of enemies that want to kill her yet remains underfoot within a crowded galaxy. Confused? Me too. Despite her tendencies towards the erratic, she is a pirate/mercenary/captain with a heart o Rating: 2.6/5 Review: A fairly mundane attempt at the 'Space Operatic' with bold characterization and fairly good world building. The Bad: Vas, while being hotter than a two-dollar pistol, is also a borderline sociopath that kills with a justified contract or you just plane pissed her off somehow. She has tons of enemies that want to kill her yet remains underfoot within a crowded galaxy. Confused? Me too. Despite her tendencies towards the erratic, she is a pirate/mercenary/captain with a heart of gold. Not too deep down (as she lacks complexity) she has feewings for Deven and resists the urge to kill people here and there. The Ugly: The idea that she and her crew will be the laughingstock of the entire galaxy because her new ship was once a flying brothel is not believable.....in the slightest. The insertion (haha) and subsequent transformation from a hard core space captain into a love-addled dolt really drove this novel into the dirt. The Good: The supporting characters and their individual instances are quite funny and spin the novel in a direction not to be taken seriously....at any level. It is a funny space romp with a hint of seriousness and a dash of the inventive. The characters grow on you as does the ribald humor. Forget the strained scifi tropes and the patterned archetypes that reside within, and have some fun you tight-ass sumbitch.  I will not continue on with the series unless the author gives me a free copy or grants me Beta reading powers.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    *thumbs up* - entertaining as heck! Look, I chose this book because Warrior Wench is a hell of a good title. And, granted, I thought the lady presented on the cover was lovingly named the Warrior Wench. Because anyone that allows themselves to be nicknamed Wench and still be badass is cool, nay? Hahaa…Alas, I was wrong! Warrior Wench is the name of a spaceship, originally intended to be a space brothel – yup, sex sells in space, too – but, what has that got to do with anything, I will say not *wi *thumbs up* - entertaining as heck! Look, I chose this book because Warrior Wench is a hell of a good title. And, granted, I thought the lady presented on the cover was lovingly named the Warrior Wench. Because anyone that allows themselves to be nicknamed Wench and still be badass is cool, nay? Hahaa…Alas, I was wrong! Warrior Wench is the name of a spaceship, originally intended to be a space brothel – yup, sex sells in space, too – but, what has that got to do with anything, I will say not *wink-wink* Vaslisha, or Vas for short, is the captain of a mercenary crew. The dashing redhead on the cover of the book is your badass female chief of chiefs! I liked her. I liked her a lot. That said, I liked the whole of her crew a lot. There was human and various other specimens of space population presented. So, diversity right there for you. And, if a character was mentioned in the book, you bet your ass there was something uniquely amusing about them to keep the good times rolling. Say, telepathy or infamous anger, or just the very simplest form of humane malfunction. As far as spacey adventure goes, or even scifi, I don’t care if the book was full of tropes and genre specific cliches- it felt perfect for the likes of softcore scifi newbs like me. Not to mention, it was entertaining as hell! Really, my appetite for controversy was met, my need for quirky characters was satisfied, and importantly there was a bulky story behind it all what with missing spaceships, ancient alien race, spacey hide and seek… the list goes on. Main thing is – you’ll be thrown for a proper loop as the mysteries pile up without any answers until the very end. It’s irritating and puts ants in pants if nothing gets answered for such an amount of time and more ‘whodunnits’ and ‘whydunnits’ are thrown in the mix. I mean, some people like feeling itchy like that. I did. It paid off in the end! So, to sum it up – Warrior Wench is fun, totally readable (e.g. no big scifi words or trying to imagine the scientific unimaginable), enjoyable and gripping. I got intrigued enough to fly through the book in speed of light and to want to continue with the trilogy! I would recommend to anyone looking for a racey spacey read *pew-pew*

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    I haven't read much sci-fi lately but the combination of the UF style cover, the fantasy style title and the blurb intrigued me. Right from the get go I was immersed in an alien world of space mercenaries, alien species and a hard-talking heroine. To say that Captain Vas(Kisha) Tor Dain is having a bad few days would not be hyperbole. Right from the start it is clear to the reader that "something" has happened to her and her memories have been blocked/ altered. On an adventure that includes (Starg I haven't read much sci-fi lately but the combination of the UF style cover, the fantasy style title and the blurb intrigued me. Right from the get go I was immersed in an alien world of space mercenaries, alien species and a hard-talking heroine. To say that Captain Vas(Kisha) Tor Dain is having a bad few days would not be hyperbole. Right from the start it is clear to the reader that "something" has happened to her and her memories have been blocked/ altered. On an adventure that includes (Stargate reference coming) giant wormhole aliens, monks, cults, mysterious ancient races, a psy second in command whose species is unknown, the Commonwealth, sarcastic doctors and maverick pilots this feels like a mash up of every sci-fi tv series you have ever seen and yet new and exciting at the same time. Although my NetGalley version had some formatting issues I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and eagerly await the next instalment. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tory

    Trilogy review: A solid space opera with great characters, an interesting plot and a well-thought-through universe. Recommend. I have very, very little experience in space operas, very little in sci-fi. I actually picked up the fourth book of this series until, somewhere around 43%, I could no longer shake the feeling there were books before this one - and found the trilogy I rapidly read thought... well, if such thing is possible with all those pages. On one hand, I am not entirely sure how much I Trilogy review: A solid space opera with great characters, an interesting plot and a well-thought-through universe. Recommend. I have very, very little experience in space operas, very little in sci-fi. I actually picked up the fourth book of this series until, somewhere around 43%, I could no longer shake the feeling there were books before this one - and found the trilogy I rapidly read thought... well, if such thing is possible with all those pages. On one hand, I am not entirely sure how much I enjoyed it - or maybe let's say that a lot of the enjoyment was objective instead of emotional - I respect and really like the main character (and finding a good female MC feels like such a win), I like the crew (even though the alien species are a funny bunch I can't exactly picture in my mind), I think the plot is pretty epic, the world complicated (even though I am not sure I understood or enjoyed all the complicated machinations/events/history behind what was happening)... Not to mention the kick-ass romance - seamlessly incorporated into the story without any fuss or special attention or suppression. In other words, I like romance but that means that most of the time, any book I pick is maybe at least half made out of it. To see a power couple fall somewhat naturally in love and bed over the course of the trilogy was just so delightful - I respected them both, I respected how they treated each other, I respected the pace, the whole unobtrusive but neither hurried or fake... gosh, I just adored it all. But when someone was in danger, if someone just died... the emotional impact was just not that pronounced. If I was to continue with the theory of having an author and reader side - the author enjoyed it, the reader missed something I could connect with more deeply. Also, this totally just confirmed my theory sci-if is better on screen. I adore books and I prefer them but some things are just so much better in Technicolour - including aliens, space tech, space ships, space fights or even just normal fights with blasters or sharp objects. All of which this book was full of. Still, I may be getting a new appetitive for this genre. We'll see.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tony Hisgett

    I had high hopes for this book, which is probably why I am more disappointed than I should be that it turned out so poorly. My overriding impression after reading about a quarter of the book was the author was just trying too hard as she threw in more and more unexplained information that didn’t make a lot of sense. It didn’t help that the heroine seemed to run around like a ‘headless chicken’ getting nowhere.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin Thomas

    I received a free ARC from NetGalley of this novel for review. Vaslisha “Vas” Tor Dain is a mercenary starship captain whose life is upended when she returns from what she thought was a two-week vacation only to realize she has actually been absent for an entire month with no memory of what happened in the interim. Her ship, “The Victorious Dead”, has apparently been salvaged and so she is forced to accept another ship, a pleasure barge named the “Warrior Wench” in its place. Fortunately the Warr I received a free ARC from NetGalley of this novel for review. Vaslisha “Vas” Tor Dain is a mercenary starship captain whose life is upended when she returns from what she thought was a two-week vacation only to realize she has actually been absent for an entire month with no memory of what happened in the interim. Her ship, “The Victorious Dead”, has apparently been salvaged and so she is forced to accept another ship, a pleasure barge named the “Warrior Wench” in its place. Fortunately the Warrior Wench has top of the line armaments and luxurious accouterments so…life could be worse. But add to this the fact that the Commonwealth Government has found itself without the ability to stop entire planets from being blown up by some unknown spaceships, and you got yourself a whale of a tale to be told. It’s a nice set-up for an action-packed fun science fictiony read and that’s exactly what this is. The style is sort of a combination of Chris Wooding’s “Ketty Jay” series and Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty the Werewolf series. Throw in a bit of Star Trek, some Firefly, and a healthy dose of Buffy and you begin to get the idea. There is a lot of action, interesting alien characters, some romance, some intrigue and mystery, and a huge heap of ‘what the heck is going on.” The main character, Vas is fun to follow along with and most of the novel is seen through her eyes. However, I never felt like I got to know the other characters all that well. Most of Vas’ crew are alien species, and some are pretty strange but their unique natures were given only cursory attention and frankly, I struggled to identify with them most of the time. If you’re looking for a fast-paced science fiction space mercenary story with a hot female captain, you could certainly do worse than taking a gamble on this book. No hard science here…sort of the thrusters/inertial dampeners/”All systems go, Captain” sort of science fiction. The plot is interesting but doesn’t offer much that you haven’t encountered before; in fact, at times I felt like I was reading a combination of other plots of books or movies that I had experienced previously. Often I felt like I was merely skimming the surface of the story while I was yearning to delve deeper into these characters and discover more of their backstories and how they came to be part of Vas’ crew. Perhaps that will come in book two. This is the first of a projected trilogy and this first book left me wanting to know what happens next. I am hopeful the next book will provide a bit more depth and perhaps not spend quite as much energy towards full octane plotting. But for pure entertainment, it’s a good time.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Airwreckah

    A fun space ride! Cant wait for the next one!

  12. 4 out of 5

    °°Tasha°°

    I was so confused with the writing. It jumps alot and was hard to follow. A great story though!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Velvet

    Already interested in the next book This author knows how to pique my curiosity. There are multiple mysteries slowly intertwining, a nice variety of characters from different species who’ve come together as a merc crew, and a captain who’s smart, kicks butt, and has a few surprises up her sleeve that even SHE doesn’t expect. Looking forward to finding out what happens next in The Victorious Dead!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Snarktastic Sonja

    This book made me happy. It actually made me spit my coffee from laughing a few times. Not an easy feat for me. NOT that the book is *funny*, but it is certainly heavy on the sarcasm. The first elephant in the room . . . the title. Is the title off-putting to you? It was to me. :D I delayed reading this because with a title like "Warrior Wench", I was positive I was getting a story more steeped in sex than sci-fi. Well, I was wrong. After reading this book, I am madly and crazily in love with the This book made me happy. It actually made me spit my coffee from laughing a few times. Not an easy feat for me. NOT that the book is *funny*, but it is certainly heavy on the sarcasm. The first elephant in the room . . . the title. Is the title off-putting to you? It was to me. :D I delayed reading this because with a title like "Warrior Wench", I was positive I was getting a story more steeped in sex than sci-fi. Well, I was wrong. After reading this book, I am madly and crazily in love with the title. What a brilliant, deceptive, creative title for a sci fi book starring a female captain. I bow to the brilliance of the author. Just thinking about it makes me giggle. I really loved the characters in this book. I loved all the species. Each persons traits suited his species and ship rank quite well. It all flowed together nicely. Mac and Jackii reminded me so much of Flynn and Provenza from The Closer that their antics took on a little special meaning to me. Each character provided their own little theme song in my head as he/she appeared. Which isn't really typical for me. :D The romance is a little . . . skewed . . . and mostly already happened. So, not a big romance here. Just a relationship. The story was original and creative. It isn't really politically driven. It isn't hate driven. It isn't evil driven. Or, I guess I shall see if it is evil driven. It was antic driven more than anything. I do adore good antics. In the end, all the antics come together . . . but I sure enjoyed the journey. My one complaint is that maybe it has two endings. The first, false ending, and the second, real ending. It did leave me feeling a bit like the author wasn't *quite* sure where she wanted to end it and where it was going. Again, I enjoyed it enough that I forgave her. I waffled between 4 and 5 stars. Two things drove it to 5 . . . I *loved* the creativity of the title. And, I *immediately* picked up the next one to see what happened next. Also, thrilled to find out this is a complete trilogy!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    A rollicking scifi adventure, there was plenty of action, including space battles (my favorite), humor, lots of different beings serving on a mercenary crew and a tough as nails with a heart of gold female captain. Capitan Vaslisha Tor Dain comes back from what was supposed to be a two week trip to find she’s been gone a month and has memories missing from that time, her ship, The Victorious Dead, has been broken up and sold in pieces all over the galaxy, and then there are the ominous ships att A rollicking scifi adventure, there was plenty of action, including space battles (my favorite), humor, lots of different beings serving on a mercenary crew and a tough as nails with a heart of gold female captain. Capitan Vaslisha Tor Dain comes back from what was supposed to be a two week trip to find she’s been gone a month and has memories missing from that time, her ship, The Victorious Dead, has been broken up and sold in pieces all over the galaxy, and then there are the ominous ships attacking entire planets and several other mysterious happenings that make her believe someone is out to get her. She ends up with a replacement ship that was outfitted as a floating brothel called the Warrior Wench, but it may be just what she needs since it has some pretty sweet upgrades that come in handy during her adventures. Not as convenient is her sudden attraction to her second, the telepath Deven, which would break two of her rules: no falling for telepaths or members of her crew. I thought the story ended somewhat abruptly, but it wasn’t really a cliffhanger, things were wrapped up as more of an ending of one adventure with more to come. It definitely made me want to pick up the next story to see what Vas and her crew get up to next.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Diane Burton

    Do you like sci-fi with a lot of action, romance, and a wild adventure? Here it is. I loved this book. Just looking at the cover and you know what the heroine is like. I thought Warrior Wench meant her. Hahaha. It's the name of her ship, but it could describe her, too. Besides losing her original ship, she's stuck on a formal brothel-ship. At least the accommodations are better. But somebody has it in for her. One attack after another. Sheesh. With the myriad characters, I felt like I was on Fars Do you like sci-fi with a lot of action, romance, and a wild adventure? Here it is. I loved this book. Just looking at the cover and you know what the heroine is like. I thought Warrior Wench meant her. Hahaha. It's the name of her ship, but it could describe her, too. Besides losing her original ship, she's stuck on a formal brothel-ship. At least the accommodations are better. But somebody has it in for her. One attack after another. Sheesh. With the myriad characters, I felt like I was on Farscape. Most of the crew aren't human. Ms. Andreas captures their appearances and characters with a few choice phrases. No need for detailed descriptions. Warrior Wench is so fast paced I hated to put it down then couldn't wait to get back to it. This is the first book in a space opera trilogy. Can't wait to read the next one.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jo (Mixed Book Bag)

    The Warrior Wench is not a person but a space ship. That ship is full of great characters many with their own backstory. That and world building are a big part of the story. There are plots within plots as the Warrior Wench travels on different missions. There is a lot of action and some mystery with the characters. Don't look for a resolution to the story. The end is a bit of a cliff hanger. The Warrior Wench is not a person but a space ship. That ship is full of great characters many with their own backstory. That and world building are a big part of the story. There are plots within plots as the Warrior Wench travels on different missions. There is a lot of action and some mystery with the characters. Don't look for a resolution to the story. The end is a bit of a cliff hanger.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I liked the characters and story really well. In fact once I start the book yesterday it kept me interested and reading till I finished it last night. I recommend this book *** Received a copy of book from NetGally.com and Marie Andreas **** L

  19. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Warrior Wench is the first book in the Asarlai Wars series. This can be read as a standalone. This story contains and interesting sort of characters. None are perfect and that makes it more interesting to read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    Another great story from Marie. The minor errors are annoying, but minimal. Onto Victorious Dead!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    So much fun! What an enjoyable read! Well paced with excellent world and character building, this book was a joy to read from start to finish!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rooney

    I genuinely don't know how I feel about this book, so I'll break it down into pros and cons. Pro's: It's a decent enough sci-fi adventure romp. There are enough mysteries, twists, and questions to keep you engaged, and there are lots of fights, battles, and explosions too, so it's got a lot going on. The world-building is pretty solid (if somewhat formulaic), but not overwhelming. The characters are fun, typical sci-fi heroes that are identifiable, even if you don't identify with them. And they (a I genuinely don't know how I feel about this book, so I'll break it down into pros and cons. Pro's: It's a decent enough sci-fi adventure romp. There are enough mysteries, twists, and questions to keep you engaged, and there are lots of fights, battles, and explosions too, so it's got a lot going on. The world-building is pretty solid (if somewhat formulaic), but not overwhelming. The characters are fun, typical sci-fi heroes that are identifiable, even if you don't identify with them. And they (along with everything else) have a sort of semi-gritty Flash Gordon feel about them. Cons: The writing is very simple, and although there are no major plot-holes, it was quite a jarring adjustment starting this book. At times it reads more like it was written by a teenager than and adult, and not in a good way. There are almost no real descriptions of anything in the book, leaving the action floating in a formless void, right down to the characters and ships themselves. The characters are pretty two-dimensional, and their interactions often feel forced or purely for exposition. And there is no character development. Deus ex machina is the phrase of the day because everything and everyone has some ability or property that foils the bad guys right in the nick of time. Honestly, it happes so often that it robs much of the novel of any sense of danger, as the character shields are established early on and are so impenetrable that you know which characters will not die, regardless of what is happening. And the author really seems to have no sense of timing. There are several passages where the captain does something (usually a conversation) that couldn't take more than a few minutes, and yet suddenly hours have passed - which really throws you out of sync in a surprisingly jarring way. Overall, this is a simple, fun sci-fi romp. Lovers of hard sci-fi or those looking to be challenged shouldn't bother. There's nothing for you here. But if your looking to kill some time with some light reading (or if you're not a "big" reader), then this is for you. It kind of falls into the same category as the Assassin's Creed novels for me - books for people who don't normally read books. That being said, I will probably get the remaining two in the series, if just out of curiosity to see if they improve!

  23. 4 out of 5

    mlady_rebecca

    Vas is the captain of a mercenary ship. She has just return from an extended vacation to pick up her ship and her crew, only to find her ship has been scrapped for parts. The replacement ship, though bigger, newer, and fully of shiny addons, comes with the unfortunate monicker of the Warrior Wench, as well as the reputation of being a brothel. And that's just the start of her bad day. Vas is poisoned, trackers are inserted into her blood, and she narrowly escapes being framed for murder. The acti Vas is the captain of a mercenary ship. She has just return from an extended vacation to pick up her ship and her crew, only to find her ship has been scrapped for parts. The replacement ship, though bigger, newer, and fully of shiny addons, comes with the unfortunate monicker of the Warrior Wench, as well as the reputation of being a brothel. And that's just the start of her bad day. Vas is poisoned, trackers are inserted into her blood, and she narrowly escapes being framed for murder. The action in this one is fast and furious and the mysteries pile up one upon another. There is a conspiracy at work, but just who or what is behind it is unknown. I really enjoyed this read. Been reading more on the fantasy side of the sf/ fantasy spectrum lately, and this reminds me why I love a good sf romp. And the blessing of books over tv/movies, the aliens in this story aren't quite as humanoid as your average Star Trek alien. There is a slow burn romantic thread, but low key. Maybe a bit too low key for my tastes. I would have jumped his bones long before Vas gave in. Her second in command, Deven is a powerful esper (telepath). Older and more powerful than anyone knows. He also has an incubus like affinity for sex. So what's a girl to do when a little psychic healing breaks down boundaries. Happy to see book two is out. Will be grabbing it momentarily. I was glancing through the reviews for the sequel and noticed someone comepared this to Sarantha Jax. (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...) Apt comparison. I'd also add Scarabaeus (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7...) to that list.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Keith Symcox

    Wow, what a mess of a book. The author writes well, but I always wondered what a science fiction novel would look like when written by someone with no knowledge of physics or engineering. Now I know. The action sequences were kind of fun once you suspended your feelings of disbelief about the weirdness going on. Just a few of the strange things: -Travel across solar systems in less than an hour, yet sensors seem not to be able to pick up ships a couple of minutes away. -Our captain seems to be abl Wow, what a mess of a book. The author writes well, but I always wondered what a science fiction novel would look like when written by someone with no knowledge of physics or engineering. Now I know. The action sequences were kind of fun once you suspended your feelings of disbelief about the weirdness going on. Just a few of the strange things: -Travel across solar systems in less than an hour, yet sensors seem not to be able to pick up ships a couple of minutes away. -Our captain seems to be able to load all her munitions into the launch tubes of her ship, but for some reason they don't carry spares. -Ships crash on planets and yet seem to be able to be put together without any local infrastructure...and are completely battleworthy when they get back into space. -Her home planet is so depopulated that when she sends a ship containing several thousand refugees, she is worried about overpopulation (on a planet!). -This planet (which apparently has no industry) is able to restock and refit a fleet of warships. Where did the parts come from? Where did the munitions come from? -When the bad guys attack a planet, they seem to be able to blow up all the cities and then completely round up ALL the people living in rural areas and fit them on 5 shuttles. How depopulated are these worlds anyway? -For most of the series she has a couple of cruisers, yet she expects to take down an enemy that just wiped out her entire home empire, including planet buster sized ships!? It just goes on and on. In a way, the continual engineering and science weirdness kept me reading, as I became almost more fascinated by what kind of strangeness she would show up with next.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Marya Miller

    I bought Warrior Wench for one simple reason: It was written by Marie Andreas, whose Lost Ancients series I totally love. The fourth Lost Ancients book is not yet out, so in Ancients-deprived desperation, I made the hyper-leap from fantasy to sci fi, and discovered that Marie Andreas' stories are absolutely gripping no matter what she writes about or what genre she explores. The story is built on a mystery that begins to unfold as Captain Vaslisha Tor Dain is busy discovering that something shoc I bought Warrior Wench for one simple reason: It was written by Marie Andreas, whose Lost Ancients series I totally love. The fourth Lost Ancients book is not yet out, so in Ancients-deprived desperation, I made the hyper-leap from fantasy to sci fi, and discovered that Marie Andreas' stories are absolutely gripping no matter what she writes about or what genre she explores. The story is built on a mystery that begins to unfold as Captain Vaslisha Tor Dain is busy discovering that something shocking has happened to her ship while she's been on shore leave, and she is forced to -- temporarily -- take the ship, Warrior Wench, in exchange. Just how deeply a merely-annoying bureaucratic mistake is rooted and the sinister explanation behind a seemingly isolated happening keeps the tension building and the pace escalating in a story full of surprise twists and rapidly rising stakes. Although relationships take a back seat to the fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat action that built as the book raced towards it's stomach-grabbing ending, as befitting a good Sci Fi novel, I got to know and appreciate each member of the crew, each wildly different. Marie Andreas has a magical knack of making each character real. And although we only get a glimpse here and there, the Asarlai are the scariest race I've encountered in space fiction (book or movie). I have just purchased the sequel, The Victorious Dead, and I can't wait to read it. I only hope that by the time it ends, Marie Andreas has another book ready to launch. In any genre!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mike Crate

    Captain Vaslisha Tor Dain is the commander of a sanctioned mercenary outfit who serve their various clients (within and beyond the Commonwealth) both in space and on the ground. Returning to her ship after a scheduled shore leave for her current crew complement she finds that rather than going under two weeks of maintenance a month has passed and her ship has been chopped and pieces sold. She is upset, in partial compensation she is given access to a similar class of ship but this in its former Captain Vaslisha Tor Dain is the commander of a sanctioned mercenary outfit who serve their various clients (within and beyond the Commonwealth) both in space and on the ground. Returning to her ship after a scheduled shore leave for her current crew complement she finds that rather than going under two weeks of maintenance a month has passed and her ship has been chopped and pieces sold. She is upset, in partial compensation she is given access to a similar class of ship but this in its former life was a flying brothel and within the Commonwealth ship registries and names are almost impossible to change. Vaslisha is not happy about the thought of leading her mercenaries in a ship painted like a brazen hallot and named "Warrior Wench". However she needs to track down her command ship and thus takes possession of this flying pleasure palace to collect her crew and embark on this new quest. Naturally the loss of her ship is far more than a simple paperwork error, it was taken for a reason and why is the "Warrior Wench" far more than she appears to be? This was the first novel I have read from Marie Andreas and was part of a Humble Bundle, I actually enjoyed it quite a bit and when finished I purchased the next two novels in the Asadlai Wars series. The characters and world she has created is varied and complex and the central mystery is maintained throughout.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tomas Grizzly

    Well, that was a funny space romp. 90% The story seems to start simple - Vas, a mercenary captain, comes ready to get back to work when she learns that her ship has been scattered across the universe in several pieces and what she can get as compensation on the spot is a former brothel ship... that's armed to the teeth with way better tech than her former ship. She tries to resume where she left off - on the way to a battle she was contracted for - only to have it turn bad right before her eyes an Well, that was a funny space romp. 90% The story seems to start simple - Vas, a mercenary captain, comes ready to get back to work when she learns that her ship has been scattered across the universe in several pieces and what she can get as compensation on the spot is a former brothel ship... that's armed to the teeth with way better tech than her former ship. She tries to resume where she left off - on the way to a battle she was contracted for - only to have it turn bad right before her eyes and send her into a chain of events that are becoming less believable by the minute. But that's not going to stop her - or her crew - from trying to solve all the issues brewing around. Which is where her past experience and no-nonsense nature, as well as her fighting skills, come in. The book has all the good stuff - nice action, fun passages, moments of bravery, selfless sacrifice, and subtle romance subplot for the MC.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    Hard to get into and I contemplated DNF quite early in the piece but it was a bookclub read so I soldiered on after a couple of days break. Once I got further in I was no longer reading as a chore but because I want to know what was going on and find answers to the ever increasing pile of mysteries. Unfortunately the ending is quite abrupt (even tho it took a LONG time to get there) and none of the mysteries are explained. It is very much a set up book for the series in that it intros a large nu Hard to get into and I contemplated DNF quite early in the piece but it was a bookclub read so I soldiered on after a couple of days break. Once I got further in I was no longer reading as a chore but because I want to know what was going on and find answers to the ever increasing pile of mysteries. Unfortunately the ending is quite abrupt (even tho it took a LONG time to get there) and none of the mysteries are explained. It is very much a set up book for the series in that it intros a large number of characters, conspiracies and mystery threads. Unfortunately NONE of them are resolved. I would be interested to know where everything goes and how it ends but am not sure I can wade thru 2 more books of this length to get my answers. Needs good edit but for story length and more answers- less set up rather than grammar.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    With a name like "Warrior Wench" I wasn't exactly sure what I'd be getting into with this book but I actually really enjoyed it and will definitely read the next one. At the beginning of the book I felt that the main character was all talk and attitude without much substance. That changed by the end of the book however and in fact, all of the characters grew on me the further I read. There is some good world building and some action sprinkled throughout. My one complaint is that there are so man With a name like "Warrior Wench" I wasn't exactly sure what I'd be getting into with this book but I actually really enjoyed it and will definitely read the next one. At the beginning of the book I felt that the main character was all talk and attitude without much substance. That changed by the end of the book however and in fact, all of the characters grew on me the further I read. There is some good world building and some action sprinkled throughout. My one complaint is that there are so many different aliens and species that it's a bit hard to keep track of. Some diversity is good but it feels like a bit much in this book. That aside, the story was good and well written. I look forward to the next one.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Charl

    Decent Space Opera, good for its type. Interesting characters, an interesting story, and not too many threads left hanging at the end. Obviously the first of a series, but not the "large story chopped into arbitrary blocks" of so many "series" nowadays. I'd suggest Ms. Andreas make a better distinction between star systems and the entire galaxy, find some other way to scramble things after an explosion in space (you can't have shock/concussion waves in a vacuum — even Space Opera has to conform t Decent Space Opera, good for its type. Interesting characters, an interesting story, and not too many threads left hanging at the end. Obviously the first of a series, but not the "large story chopped into arbitrary blocks" of so many "series" nowadays. I'd suggest Ms. Andreas make a better distinction between star systems and the entire galaxy, find some other way to scramble things after an explosion in space (you can't have shock/concussion waves in a vacuum — even Space Opera has to conform to basic physics), and maybe make Vas just a little less extreme in her viewpoints. (She changes from "Home is mine, I don't want strangers there" to "send the refugees to Home" just a little too easily.) But overall I enjoyed it, and if you like Space Opera, I'd recommend it.

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