Seven Devils

Hardcover, 464 pages

Published Aug. 4, 2020 by DAW, Daw Books.

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Seven Devils is a feminist space opera written by 2 Californian emigrants living in Scotland. It’s a surprisingly chonky novel — while it’s difficult to judge a book’s length on a Kindle, this is definitely a good example of how the length and pacing of novels works better for TV than for film adaptations. It’s also a №5 Sunday Times Bestseller.

The acknowledgements section starts with the book’s origin story:

Seven Devils came about somewhat flippantly: Elizabeth had a dream that she and Laura wrote Mad Max: Fury Road in space. Laura said: “let’s do it!”

In an evil mind-controlling galaxy-spanning empire, we meet 2 freedom-fighters sent on a mission to infiltrate a ship carrying a deadly cargo and return the intelligence to the Resistance. But, as well as the 2 spies having History™, they find the ship harbours 3 fugitives with first-hand knowledge of the empire’s inner workings. All …

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Clo is a gifted mechanic who's tired of being kicked around. Eris is a soldier who's tired of killing. The Tholosian Empire is a merciless, brutal regime controlling half the galaxy – emphasis on the controlling. The Oracle is an AI that speaks directly to people's minds, telling them what to do, what to think, how to be. Clo and Eris are part of the resistance.

The universe-building in this story is phenomenal. The world the women inhabit is nothing like our own (on the surface at least). But it is intense. The world is exquisitely built – but it's a lot. There's so much to establish that it sometimes gets in the way of the story.

The characters – and there are five at the heart of this story – are all flawed, multi-dimensional, and …

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