Eclipse the Moon-Review
Eclipse The Moon
By Jessie Mihalik
Genre: Sci-fi Romance
Series: Starlight’s Shadow #2
Publication Date: July 12,2022
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Source: Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 4 Stars
Acclaimed author Jessie Mihalik returns with an exciting new novel about a rainbow-haired female bounty hunter tasked with preventing an interstellar war.
Kee Ildez has been many things: hacker, soldier, bounty hunter. She never expected to be a hero, but when a shadowy group of traitors starts trying to goad the galaxy’s two superpowers into instigating an interstellar war, Kee throws herself into the search to find out who is responsible—and stop them.
Digging up hidden information is her job, so hunting traitors should be a piece of cake, but the primary suspect spent years in the military, and someone powerful is still covering his tracks. Disrupting their plans will require the help of her entire team, including Varro Runkow, a Valovian weapons expert who makes her pulse race.
Quiet, grumpy, and incredibly handsome, Varro watches her with hot eyes but ignores all of her flirting, so Kee silently vows to keep her feelings strictly platonic. But that vow will be put to the test when she and Varro are forced to leave the safety of their ship and venture into enemy territory alone.
Cut off from the rest of their team, they must figure out how to work together—and fast—because a single misstep will cost thousands of lives.
I finished Hunt the Stars and immediately jumped into Eclipse the Moon. Now I want the next book. I’m thoroughly invested in this ragtag group of bounty hunters trying to preserve peace between two groups that want war. I found this series easier to get into than Jessie Mihalik’s Consortium Rebellion series. There is still politics but by book two, the worldbuilding has eased and you’re definitely pulled quicker into the story. Plus, Kee is just my favorite character in the series so far. She’s a hacker and just a ball of unicorn sunshine. In contrast, Varro is the quiet and grumpy type who just wants to take care of her. These pairings work so well and it really shines in this book. A chunk of the book takes place with Kee and Varro over the ship and that’s a chance for them to really connect and learn each other. I’d still call this book a slow burn although we do get sexy times a bit earlier than the previous book. Both Varro and Kee want each other but they need to learn how to communicate and understand their cultural differences. Varro’s telepathy and that bond with Kee definitely add to their connection and it’s great to see.
Honestly, my only complaint, aside from the bit of slow burn, is that I’m not the biggest fan of first POV and would have loved to see more of Varro’s thoughts and motivations. Although, they’re connection via Varro’s telepathy does allow for that more than the previous book. A solid 4 star read and I’m really intrigued about the next book!