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Review: Seven Devils by Laura Lam & Elizabeth May

Above all, Seven Devils is fun and heartfelt. While there’s PLENTY of action to propel you through, I ended up falling in love with this crew. And that’s part of the appeal because Lam and May do a fabulous job of giving each character, and perspective, depth. Keep reading this book review if you love the idea of SF space opera crews!


When Eris faked her death, she thought she had left her old life as the heir to the galaxy’s most ruthless empire behind. But her recruitment by the Novantaen Resistance, an organization opposed to the empire’s voracious expansion, throws her right back into the fray.

Eris has been assigned a new mission: to infiltrate a spaceship ferrying deadly cargo and return the intelligence gathered to the Resistance. But her partner for the mission, mechanic and hotshot pilot Cloelia, bears an old grudge against Eris, making an already difficult infiltration even more complicated.

When they find the ship, they discover more than they bargained for: three fugitives with firsthand knowledge of the corrupt empire’s inner workings.

Together, these women possess the knowledge and capabilities to bring the empire to its knees. But the clock is ticking: the new heir to the empire plans to disrupt a peace summit with the only remaining alien empire, ensuring the empire’s continued expansion. If they can find a way to stop him, they will save the galaxy. If they can’t, millions may die.


This multiple perspective queer SF space opera was everything I wanted. Seven Devils has action packed fight scenes, deadly women, and betrayal all wrapped up in one. You know those characters that want to watch the world burn? You’ve got them in Seven Devils. Because our crew is on a mission and taking down the Empire is first on the list. I could go on and on about how much I enjoyed the spaceships, alien technology, and battles. But what keeps you reading are the characters.

Numerous flashbacks give each of them nuance and memories. They come alive on the page, their past scars reenacted, and the promises they made renewed. In a descriptive and rich world, this crew will enchant you. They are the key to the story not only in what they can do, but also in how they will charm you. In the ways they have lost their trust, all the times they swore revenge, and their tender love and friendship. There’s so much to love in Seven Devils.

It’s perfect for fans of SF universes, badass women, and revenge. Full of a space opera found family crew who want to take down the empire, Seven Devils is full of conspiracies, betrayals, and webs of lies. Action packed to the brim, it also asks us how we can make change against the power of an Empire and what resistance looks like.

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