Book: Shades of Treason
Series: Anomaly #1
Author: Sandy Williams
Genre: Adult Sci-fi, romance, space opera
Ash would have given her life to save her teammates.
Instead, they gave their lives to save hers.
Lieutenant Ramie Ashdyn is an anomaly, a person whose genetic makeup makes her stronger and smarter than the average human. She’s pledged her life to protect the Coalition, an alliance of thirteen planetary systems, but when a top secret operation turns bloody, she’s charged with treason and the brutal executions of her teammates.
The Coalition needs the information Ash’s team stole on their last mission, so they send in Commander Rhys “Rest in Peace” Rykus to get it. He’s the man who’s responsible for turning Ash into an elite soldier… and he’s a man who isn’t, never was, and never will be in love with the woman he trained. Or so he tells himself.
Ash wants nothing more than to clear her name and be the woman her former instructor wants her to be, but the enemy who killed her teammates did more than frame her for treason and murder: they telepathically silenced her mind, preventing her from saying anything that might point to the truth about what happened.
Now Ash is trapped and set to be executed, the truth dying with her. Unless she can prove her innocence. But taking that path could destroy the Coalition she’s sworn to preserve and protect…
My Rating: 4 STARS
The reason I picked up Shades of Treason was simply because I loved the Shadow Reader trilogy which was written by the same author and I was really interested in reading more of her books and also the blurb sounded intriguing. And I’m glad I did pick it up because this book is soo good.
Shades of Treason is a Sci-Fi book and it starts off with the main female character, Ash, being interrogated for information by her own people because they believe she is a traitor and has killed her team mates, so right away we are thrown into an intense scene with a lot of action packed scenes that follow (in fact the whole book if filled with action).
I loved the characters in this book especially Ash. Ash has a lot of qualities that are some of my favourites to read about in heroines. She’s such a kickass character who is also mentally strong and confident but she also has a very vulnerable side that she uses witty flirtations to hide.
I would’ve liked to have seen more of the characters backgrounds, e.g. what Ash went through on her home planet Glory and more on Rykus’s background and his relationship with his father but I do think those things will probably come up again in future books.
I liked the relationship between Ash and Rykus because they had known each other for years so it didn’t have an instalove vibe. I really liked Kalver’s character and I liked his relationship with Ash and how he tries to protect her because he views her as his sister. I can’t wait to read more of their interactions in the next books.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and just like with the Shadow Reader trilogy I thought it had a perfect blend of everything I like in books. It had a lot of fast paced action scenes, a really interesting and intriguing storyline, very likable characters and a romance that is not only great but also believable. I would highly recommend reading this book and I can’t wait to read the next book when it comes out.