This is book number 1 in the The Consortium Rebellion series.
Polaris Rising, Book 1 of The Consortium Rebellion trilogy, drops you right in the middle of the action. Ada von Hasenberg is on the run, trying to carve out a life for herself beyond the preening and cutthroat aristocrats of the Consortium. Ada meets Marcus Loch when she is dumped into a shared holding cell after being captured by mercenaries. However, Ada has little need of a rescuer. Taking matters into her own hands she hatches an escape plan that offers Marcus his freedom as well. What follows is a fast-paced adventure complete with political intrigue, space pirates, and sizzling romance. Lovers of smart and strong female heroines and innovative world building should dive headfirst into this series!
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“Polaris Rising is space opera at its best, intense and addictive, a story of honor, courage, betrayal, and love. Jessie Mihalik is an author to watch.”--Ilona Andrews, #1 New York Times bestselling author
A space princess on the run and a notorious outlaw soldier become unlikely allies in this imaginative, sexy space opera adventure—the first in an exciting science fiction trilogy.
In the far distant future, the universe is officially ruled by the Royal Consortium, but the High Councillors, the heads of the three High Houses, wield the true power. As the fifth of six children, Ada von Hasenberg has no authority; her only value to her High House is as a pawn in a political marriage. When her father arranges for her to wed a noble from House Rockhurst, a man she neither wants nor loves, Ada seizes control of her own destiny. The spirited princess flees before the betrothal ceremony and disappears among the stars.
Ada eluded her father’s forces for two years, but now her luck has run out. To ensure she cannot escape again, the fiery princess is thrown into a prison cell with Marcus Loch. Known as the Devil of Fornax Zero, Loch is rumored to have killed his entire chain of command during the Fornax Rebellion, and the Consortium wants his head.
When the ship returning them to Earth is attacked by a battle cruiser from rival House Rockhurst, Ada realizes that if her jilted fiancé captures her, she’ll become a political prisoner and a liability to her House. Her only hope is to strike a deal with the dangerous fugitive: a fortune if he helps her escape.
But when you make a deal with an irresistibly attractive Devil, you may lose more than you bargained for . . .
Jessie Mihalik has a degree in computer science and a love of all things geeky. A software engineer by trade, Jessie now writes full time from her home in Texas. When she’s not writing, she can be found playing co-op video games with her husband, trying out new board games, or reading books pulled from her overflowing bookshelves. Polaris Rising is her debut novel.
“This is space-opera adventure and sweeping romance in equal parts, an enthralling and eminently satisfying book.” — New York Times Book Review
“POLARIS RISING is space opera at its best, intense and addictive, a story of honor, courage, betrayal, and love. Jessie Mihalik is an author to watch.” — Ilona Andrews, #1 New York Times bestelling author
“An intoxicating journey through the galaxy.” — Entertainment Weekly
“Heart-pounding futuristic action and scorching chemistry make Polaris Rising a thrilling ride. A gripping and sexy space adventure!” — Amanda Bouchet, USA Today bestselling author of The Kingmaker Chronicles
“The badass space princess adventure we deserve.” — Kit Rocha, New York Times bestselling author
“I loved everything about this story...when I finished and the story left me craving more of this world and characters. Highly recommend!”
— Jeffe Kennedy, RITA Award winning author
“Mihalik debuts with the first book of a science-fiction trilogy filled with high-tech action, political intrigue, and steamy romance. Fast-paced space opera, filled with daring rescues and blaster fire, thrown into high gear by the passionate romance between the lead characters.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Smart dialog among sharp-witted characters, as well as tight action scenes and a bit of sex and romance all come together for an exciting tale across the stars. This fun debut frolics through the space opera setup with an exciting and brave new heroine.” — Library Journal
“Read this book. Right now. Immediately.” — Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
“Along with her remarkable world building, Mihalik introduces rich supporting characters that are deftly drawn into both the running battles as well as the layered political intrigue... Polaris Rising sets a magnificent stage for Mihalik’s next installment in the Consortium Rebellion trilogy.” — BookPage.com