Book review: Defiant ruin

My Sci-Fi detour ends with the third – and final – book of Marie Andreas’ Asarlaí wars trilogy, Defiant ruin. And, before you ask, yes, it’s names after a spaceship, as the previous books. Now on to the review…

The second book ended quite violently – while Vas and her second ship escaped the explosive conclusion, they were stranded on a deserted planet, their ship heavily damaged. And as if the slow repairs weren’t enough an issue on their own, the sparse hints they could find on the planet give a series of bad hints about what had sent the universe on a downward spiral – and it’s nothing good.

Then, another ship crashes on the planet – a damaged ship from the Asarlaí crew, timed to explode after the crash, revealing that this place is a sort-of graveyard for Asarlaí ships. This reveals another bit about the Warrior Wench ship – the former brother cruiser didn’t crashed on this particular world by chance.

As Vas and her crew works on repairing both ships, a group of bounty hunters show up to make her accountable for something she doesn’t remember – the two-week void just before the start of book one, which is quite the part of the whole puzzle. This trip to a foregin planet reveals a bit about Deven, and ends up with a hasty departure, but things aren’t only going downhill – Vas’ other ship, the restored Victorious dead finds them, and with their help, Vas’ ship (two, actually, with the salvaged ship now named Defiant ruin) leave the deserted planet to go back into the fight.

However, before they do so, there are a lot of questions to answer – and the enemy won’t give them much time. Marli was also busy and Vas returns home to a fleet of ten ships – with Marli thirsty for inflicting some pain. After getting some answers, the book leans towards the finale, which felt quite short considering the build-up.


Read date: 28.4.-8.5.2021
Published: 3.8.2018
Goodreads/Amazon rating: 4,47/4,6
My rating: 85%
Length: 422 pages (Kindle edition)
My highlights


Compared to the first two books, this one was slower when it comes to pacing, but that’s not surprising, considering all the questions that had to be answered before the book could reach the finale. As said before, the finale felt a bit too short, considering how massive the final battles of the first two books were, and with a bit abrupt ending- thus 5% down compared to books 1 and 2. There’s also a follow-up series in the works, with the first book released in early 2021, and I’ll probably get to read it later this year.

I’d probably read this one faster, but I used a couple of days to write instead. I guess the mixture of my hobbies is the reason why I rarely manage to read a book in less than a week, even if I quite like it.

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