- Publisher: DAW (US) / Gollancz (UK)
- ISBN: 978-1473225145 (UK)
- Published: 6th August 2020
Co-Written with Elizabeth May. Out now – a #5 Sunday Times Bestseller!
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.
US Cover Art: Dan Dos Santos
US Cover Design: Katie Anderson
UK Cover Design: Loulou Clark
Praise for Seven Devils
“Star Wars recast for the modern age.” — The Guardian
“A thrilling ride from two of the most exciting authors in the genre.” —Gareth L. Powell, BSFA award-winning author of Embers of War
“More gripping than The Expanse.” —Charles Stross, award-winning author of The Laundry Files
“I was promised Mad Max: Fury Road in space—I got that and so much more. Seven Devils is an explosive new addition to the space opera genre. May and Lam had me from the first severed finger! This is a book you are not going to want to miss and the start of a series that promises to be a wild ride.” —K. B. Wagers, author of the Farian War trilogy
“This first collaboration from Lam (Goldilocks) and May (The Falconer) revels in the frenetic energy of its girl power–infused, space operatic premise.” —Publishers Weekly
“The first book in a duology is a witty, fast-paced, feminist space opera.” —Booklist
“Lam and May have looked ahead to a future where women serve equally, are just as strong and capable in combat as men without falling into the typical tropes of heartless assassin or distressed damsel awakening to her power. Each of the characters in Seven Devils is distinct with her own character, personality, backstory, and soul.” —The Roarbots
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/xenophobic (mostly against the Evoli, a human civilisation and longterm enemy–this is due to fear of their empathic abilities, not the colour of their skin. Both Tholosians and Evoli have varied skin tones), 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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