Darkship Thieves

Darkship Thieves

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by Sarah A. Hoyt
     
 

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Athena Hera Sinistra never wanted to go to space. Never wanted see the eerie glow of the Powerpods. Never wanted to visit Circum Terra. Never had any interest in finding out the truth about the DarkShips. You always get what you don’t ask for. Which must have been why she woke up in the dark of shipnight, within the greater night of space in her father’s…  See more details below

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Athena Hera Sinistra never wanted to go to space. Never wanted see the eerie glow of the Powerpods. Never wanted to visit Circum Terra. Never had any interest in finding out the truth about the DarkShips. You always get what you don’t ask for. Which must have been why she woke up in the dark of shipnight, within the greater night of space in her father’s space cruiser, knowing that there was a stranger in her room. In a short time, after taking out the stranger—who turned out to be one of her father’s bodyguards up to no good, she was hurtling away from the ship in a lifeboat to get help. But what she got instead would be the adventure of a lifetime—if she managed to survive . . . .

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148796329
Publisher:
Baen Books
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Series:
Darkship , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
256,251
File size:
966 KB

Meet the Author

Sarah A. Hoyt has sold a dozen novels in various genres, including her new Musketeers Mysteries series, starting with Death of a Musketeer, and her acclaimed Shakespearean fantasy series, which started with the Mythopoeic award finalist, Ill Met by Moonlight. An avid history buff and longtime reader of sci-fi, fantasy, and mysteries Sarah has published over three dozen short stories in esteemed magazines such as Asimov's, Analog, Amazing and Weird Tales, as well as several anthologies. Residing in Colorado with her husband, two teen boys and a pride of cats, Sarah is hard at work on her next dozen novels.

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Darkship Thieves 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
junipermorgan More than 1 year ago
A kick-ass heroine, utterly believable future, and action and adrenaline to spare! And that's just the beginning. If you're tired of wilting female characters in Sci-Fi, but want more science than you usually find in Urban Fantasy, this is the book for you.
amanda1957 More than 1 year ago
Athena Hera Sinistra might not have wanted to go to space, but it's a good thing she did. Her unwanted journey resulted in one of the most fun reads I've come across in quite awhile. It is also an unexpected one. Darkship Thieves is no standard space opera. Of course, I'm not sure Sarah A. Hoyt can write "standard" anything and that's one of the things that makes her such a wonderful author. She gives the readers the unexpected, often blending genres in ways we don't expect. That is exactly what she's done here. She's given us a romping space opera, one that reminds me of those I read in my misspent youth. But she has also given us urban fantasy. Yes, that's right, urban fantasy. Not the UF of shape-shifters and vampires, but that of genetically altered humans who now have feline-like characteristics, clones who are raised not to take over for the originals but for even more sinister reasons, a spunky, smart-mouthed female lead who would rather go through you than around you if you get in her way. This is an excellent read with a fast paced plot, well-defined characters, heroes you cheer for and villains you boo. Run, don't walk, to get it.
silverjo More than 1 year ago
You always get what you don't ask for. That is the mantra of Athena Hera Sinistra. When her Daddy Dearest insists that she accompany him to Circum Terra she gets a lot of things she never asked for. It all starts when some of her father's bodyguards try to knock her out and she escapes in a life pod. Unable to trust anyone she runs to the powertrees, hits a darkship and is captured by someone with cat eyes and a wild sense of color. She discovers a whole new world and some dark secrets from her own existence on Earth. It turns out some of what she did not ask for is what she really wants. Darkship Thieves by Sarah A Hoyt an exciting story set in a world several hundred years in the future. The characters are well drawn, the plot moves at an even pace and the events are often surprising. If you like Science Fiction Romance pick this one up.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Athena Hera Sinistra never wanted to go into space as why would anyone in their right mind give up standing on solid rock although freedom is far away from feudal earth. Still she is on board her father's vessel when she awakens to someone entering her room at shipnight. Not afraid she takes out the intruder, who is Andrija Baldo head of her father's goons. She flees in a life pod hoping to find help to rescue her father and others aboard the vessel she just abandoned. However, Athena finds herself on the run from assailants as the reach of the ruling Patricians is light-years, but she also realizes for some unknown reason they want her captured alive as they have opportunities to kill her from a distance but don't. Her nightmare has just begun. The Darkship Thieves is a super space opera with a great heroine, strong support cast and a believable Hoyt Galaxy with a dictatorial oligopoly feudal government. The story line is faster than the speed of light even in artificial gravity yet in many ways it is a coming of age under extreme pressure thriller with a deep moral underpinning involving genetic transforming of humans. With a mystery as to why the enemy wants the heroine alive to enhance the outer space tour, fans will relish riding along side Athena as she provides a first hand account of her survival escapades to survive in the Hoyt Galaxy. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic book from an author I had not previously read. I found the young heroine to be very real and well developed. I would recommend this to anyone that likes Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey, James H Schmitz or the like. I anticipate reading more of this author.
Ron34 More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific book. If Sarah Hoyt continues to produce at this level she will soon be regarded as one of science fiction's major writers. I sat up half the night finishing this story. Ron
Lin_in_Longmont More than 1 year ago
What a *romp*! This is one of the most *fun* books I've read in years! Ever get the feeling that publishers have quit printing the stories you like to read? That all the women are damsels in distress, and the future is all black and gray and *depressing*? Well, Darkship Thieves does *not* fit into that category! Athena Hera Sinistra is awakened by a male figure looming over her bed. And her first thought is... "A blanket is the worst garrotte possible." !!! And it goes on from there! I got the distinct impression that if Thena were dropped into the "Star Wars" universe, we'd see R2D2 projecting a hologram of Darth Vader saying, "Help me, Obi Wan Kenobi!" And, let's just say that Darkship Theives' *male* protagonist is *not* a cardboard character :-) Do yourself a favor, buy *two* copies -- because you won't be more than a few pages into Darkship Thieves before you'll be saying to yourself, "I have *got* to share this with somebody! And I will *not* wait until I'm finished reading this -- besides, I want to *keep* *my* copy!" Yes. It's that good.