- Publisher: DAW (US) / Gollancz (UK)
- ISBN: 978-1473225145 (UK)
- Available: 6th August 2020
Co-Written with Elizabeth May.
This first book in a feminist space opera duology follows seven resistance fighters who will free the galaxy from the ruthless Tholosian Empire–or die trying.
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.
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US Cover Art: Dan Dos Santos
US Cover Design: Katie Anderson
We wanted to provide potential trigger warnings for those who many need them. Remember that there is no shame in wanting to know what lies between pages. Likewise, it’s fine to think you’ll be all right, then realise you need to put the book down for a time or for good.
Seven Devils is a violent and bloody book about revolution and resistance. The Tholosian empire is misogynist, classicist, racist (mostly against the Evoli, a human civilisation and longterm enemy), homophobic, and transphobic. We have characters that are assassins, soldiers, sex workers, or have had to defend themselves with violence to survive. There is reference to various types abuse at the hands of the empire. There are off page allusions to sex work. We have deliberately avoided on-page sexual violence. Our goal is to portray the reality of living under such an oppressive regime honestly but not gratuitously.
A list: Abuse, drugs, manipulative relationships, violence against women, gun violence, some gore, child abuse (emotional), murder, physical assault, kidnapping, injuries (including dismemberment–a leg, a tongue, an eye), brain hacking and neurosurgery, death, body disposal, stabbing, explosions, arson, off-page allusions to sexual violence.
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