Nova is a bounty hunter, smuggler and all round 'jack of all trades'. When a surprise attack by pirates leaves her stranded and damaged without a cargo, she doesn't sit down and cry, but decides to pick up a bounty on two terrorists in order to pay for the repairs to her ship. She follows them to a desert world and convinces the team of Confederate (Evil space empire) scientists to let her work. Unfortunately this is an archaeological dig for ancient space weapons and bad stuff is about to happen.
I loved the opening of this book. The first 25 percent of this piece of fiction was tense, exciting, with a great female character. I sped through the first quarter and settled in for a great read.
Unfortunately, the moment the book brought out lizard men aliens, was the moment the book lost the plot. I didn't mind the 'ancient weapon' plot.. or even the nasty aliens plot but as a whole the book become a little overcooked and messy. There was absolutely no mention about ancients until bad things started to happen. I didn't understand why that translation was suddenly so scary.. seriously why would you think that ancient beings would come to life like some kind of mummy's curse, several hundred years in the future?
The time vortex segment was confusing and overwrought... the time hopping was worse and I got bored, which was strange as there was so much going on that I shouldn't have been.
Loved the opening for this book but the latter half was poorly judged and weird. I will read the next book in the series but I'm not as eager to do so as I was at the start of the first one.
Great opening spoiled by a rushed and ill conceived second half.