Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik
Consortium Rebellion #1
Science Fiction Romance
Lady Ada von Hasenberg has been running from planet to spacestation for two years after fleeing an engagement she had no interest in. As the daughter of a Consortium High House her only purpose is a political marriage but Ada wants more for her life. But getting thrown in a cell with a notorious criminal was not in the plan and now she’s forced to team up with Marcus Loch in order to escape.
As a long time fan of science fiction romance I was excited to read Polaris Rising from the moment I saw the description. I was not disappointed and from the very beginning I was pulled into Jessie Mihalik’s world building and storytelling. I loved this futuristic world ruled by the three High Houses of the Consortium which engage in power plays, espionage, and all forms of manipulation. While Ada may be the fifth of her father’s six children and destined for a political marriage she’s also trained to be a spy — this is no simpering princess. Ada is smart and sneaky, but she’s also incredibly loyal and compassionate which makes her different than many Consortium ladies.
While Ada works to gain her freedom she teams up with Loch who has been running ever since he was dubbed the Devil of Fornax Zero for killing his commanding officers and squad. But Loch has secrets and Ada doesn’t know if she can really trust him. I loved Loch as our hero and Mihalik does a great job balancing the romance with the rest of the story. Loch is muscular, dangerous, and mysterious but his innate protective nature means he’ll do whatever it takes to protect Ada after he agrees to help her. I only wish we could have gotten Loch’s point of view as well because while I loved Ada’s voice I also wanted to know what was going on in Loch’s head.
Ada and Loch have this slow burning, flirtatious, chemistry that just jumps off the page. Watching these two people learn to trust in someone else while also engaging in some serious political machinations kept the tension high throughout the book. I’ll be anxiously awaiting the next book about Bianca and Ian who I’m already intrigued by!
5 out of 5 stars
In the far distant future, the universe is officially ruled by the Royal Consortium, but the High Councillors, the heads of the three High Houses, wield the true power. As the fifth of six children, Ada von Hasenberg has no authority; her only value to her High House is as a pawn in a political marriage. When her father arranges for her to wed a noble from House Rockhurst, a man she neither wants nor loves, Ada seizes control of her own destiny. The spirited princess flees before the betrothal ceremony and disappears among the stars.
Ada eluded her father’s forces for two years, but now her luck has run out. To ensure she cannot escape again, the fiery princess is thrown into a prison cell with Marcus Loch. Known as the Devil of Fornax Zero, Loch is rumored to have killed his entire chain of command during the Fornax Rebellion, and the Consortium wants his head.
When the ship returning them to Earth is attacked by a battle cruiser from rival House Rockhurst, Ada realizes that if her jilted fiancé captures her, she’ll become a political prisoner and a liability to her House. Her only hope is to strike a deal with the dangerous fugitive: a fortune if he helps her escape.
But when you make a deal with an irresistibly attractive Devil, you may lose more than you bargained for . . .
Published by Harper Voyager on February 5, 2019
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