Review: Dakiti (Ziva Payvan Book 1) by E.J. Fisch


Dakiti (Ziva Payvan Book 1) by E.J. Fisch

The distant world of Haphez is located on the edge of populated space. The planet’s native superhuman race is feared and respected by neighboring civilizations. Their military and police forces are unmatched.

Lieutenant Aroska Tarbic is an agent with the revered Haphezian Special Police. He’s lost a lot in a short period of time; the other members of his squad were killed in a tragic accident, and his younger brother was wrongfully convicted and executed for a crime he didn’t commit. Just when Aroska thinks he’s starting to piece his life back together, he’s assigned to a joint task force with a special operations team. It seems like a unique opportunity, at least until he learns that his new commander is none other than Ziva Payvan, HSP’s finest operative… and the assassin who killed his brother.

Ziva is good at her job, a business that requires her to ignore her feelings and carry out her missions without question. She’s confident in her own abilities to complete the assignment, but Aroska is a wildcard. When their team stumbles across a young human during a routine investigation, they soon realize that the situation isn’t what it seems. The boy has unwittingly uncovered an age-old plot, one that could put the entire Haphezian race in jeopardy.

Now the lines between friend and foe have become blurred, and no one can be trusted. United by the imminent threat, Ziva and Aroska must set their differences aside in order to save their people… and maybe even each other.

All roads lead to… DAKITI

Rating: 5 stars


*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review*

Dakiti is a fantastic science fiction novel.

E.J. Fisch’s universe is brilliant and filled with memorable and interesting characters. The two main characters, Ziva Payvan and Aroska Tarbic, are at odds with each other throughout most of the novel and yet must find a way to work through this together for the greater good. Aroska I had a lot of sympathy for and really felt the pain of loss and anger that very much drives him.

Ziva is calm, detached, strong and always coming out on top. E.J. Fisch has done a wonderful job creating a likeable tough-girl with a difficult past and secret that form a character of many layers that we can all find empathy with.

The story itself incorporates many new worlds, words and races that are cleverly woven into the novel in a way that guides readers through the universe. The plot is very gripping and perfectly paced.

I absolutely loved reading Dakiti and very much look forward to reading more in the series.

Links: goodreads, amazon

Review: The Queen’s Curse by Natasja Hellenthal


The Queen’s Curse by Natasja Hellenthal

It’s time for change! In a country with a cursed justice system, two women; the mysterious Queen Artride and her loyal bodyguard Tirsa, set out on a secretive perilous quest. They hope to find the sorceress, the only person powerful enough to be able to lift the curse, in Dochas; the strange Magical Land.

But they have to hurry as they only have three weeks to save Tirsa’s teenage brother’s life, sentenced to hanging for a petty crime.

The women are soon drawn to each other, however struggles and questions arise. Will the sorceress be willing to help them and for what price?

Rating: 5 stars


*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review*

I really enjoyed reading The Queen’s Curse. You are immediately pulled into the story and this makes it very difficult to put down!

The world that Natasja Hellenthal has created is very real, and carefully crafted as is Queen Artride and Tirsa’s quest. They brave many dangers together and through the perils that they face the two who, at first are at odds with each other, become closer.

I loved the developing relationship between the two. It was not rushed and occurred very naturally. I was glad that Tirsa was able to make peace with her past and that it would not continue to be an obstacle that prevented the two of them from moving forward together.

The quest itself allowed both characters to grow and develop, and their journey had many twists that kept me reading and willing for a happy outcome, not just for the protagonists but all the characters that they met along the way.

This was a captivating and wonderful read that will not disappoint and I look forward to reading more novels by Natasja Hellenthal.

Links: Goodreads, Amazon