Source: Kristen James – I received this in exchange for an honest review.
Series: The Girls from Alcyone #3
Narrator: Kristen James
Edition: Audiobook, 12Hours 35 Minutes
Purchase: Amazon / Audible / Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
The unthinkable has happened. Sigrid Novak, the most dangerous and wanted person in the history of the Federation of Corporate Enterprises, has been captured. For the women of New Alcyone – women just like her, genetically reengineered and trained since childhood to be the most effective killers in the galaxy – this is a staggering loss. For the Independents, the rebels who captured her, this is a boon beyond measure.
If they can figure out how to control her.
Now, six years have passed since the events of Bellatrix, and for six years Sigrid Novak has been gone, vanished, with no sign, no word, and no trace. But all has not been quiet within the Federation. The Council for Trade and Finance has been murdered, assassinated, and the death toll among the Federation’s ruling elite continues to rise.
With every corporate enclave that falls, the legend grows. They call her the Night Witch. A champion to some, a nightmare for others. Wherever she goes, death is soon to follow.
Then, in an abandoned CTF research facility – and after so many years lost – a woman awakens. Her name is Sigrid Novak. And she is very, very angry.
You know those series that you just can’t wait to read the next book because it starts to feel like a home away from home? The Girls from Alcyone is becoming one those to me, especially now that I actually have to wait for the next book.
Codename: Night Witch picks up a staggering 6 years after the end of The Machines of Bellatrix, with Sigrid waking up in an unfamiliar place with a HUGE gap in her memory. She then sets out to recover those memories and return to Suko and her sisters on New Alcyone, and along the way discovers just how much the galaxy has changed. The beginning is on the slower side as Sigrid works through where she is and a game plan to get home, but it doesn’t linger there for too long. There is plenty of action, intensity, and mystery to keep you moving along and invested in Sigrid’s story. One of my favorite things in this series are the relationships Sigrid forms, from her love for Suko to her quick friendship with Jaffer. These side characters and relationships really make Sigrid and this story what they are, because it’s not just about a girl kicking down doors and taking names but something more personal and connected.
I was somewhat shocked at the time gap between book two and three and was curious to see how it would play out. Those six years are shrouded in mystery and uncertainty, and so much has changed in that time period so there is a lot of relearning in this one. However, I don’t think it brought it down at all. I was able to pick this one up quite easily and slip back into the story without any issues.
Kristen James is back as the narrator and I couldn’t be happier with her performance. I swear she gets a little better with each audio I listen, providing even more unique voices all while truly connecting to the story itself. At some point, she stops reading the story to you and instead starts to build it around you.
I’m in love with this series and I’m so thankful that KJ allowed me to listen to them, it’s definitely a favorite of mine and I’m so ready for book four to come out!