Review of Blade Dancer by S.L. Viehl on SFSignal

My review of Blade Dancer by S. L. Viehl, a stand-alone novel of the Stardoc universe, has been posted on An excerpt:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: The death of her mother exposes Jory as a half-human/half-alien. She is expelled from Earth, charged by her mother to find six similar creatures who were conceived through violence. Gathering the six, Jory goes to assassin school to become a “Blade Dancer” to seek revenge on the one responsible.

PROS: Fast-paced action; believable depictions of racial prejudice; and a military school reminiscent of the Orson Scott Card classic Ender’s Game.
CONS: Minor difficulties jumping into a world without the background of the Stardoc novels and their universe.
BOTTOM LINE: An action packed story in a socially complex universe that has me adding the Stardoc novels to my reading list.

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