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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
“To the class F spaceship at the periphery of the asteroid field. This is Captain Rodoff from Uliake, a class D spaceship. Identify yourself. We’re coming your way.” On a routine trip across the asteroid field, Thea’s assistant robot, Del, and the ship’s unregistered AI, Vee, meet trouble. With Captain Law and his crew having been put into stasis, Del and Vee need to make a quick decision to ensure the safety of the ship and all the lives on board.
Ever since Del was introduced as one of the characters, he seems more human to me than a robot. Despite being conditioned in certain ways due to his programming, I find his ‘emotions’ and judgment similar to humans. I couldn’t really picture him as an android. The same goes for Vee; her cheekiness towards Law and his crew is witty. I could easily picture her as one of the female crew who would test Captain Law’s patience again and again while still doing a good job.
Vee’s confession as to why she put the crew into stasis and Del’s curious nature and concern for the humans are intriguing. For Del to consider Vee as an AI with an unstable mental state is amusing and one of the highlights of the book. The plot is fast and the suspense element is well played. Readers who have been following the series will be delighted. Ioana Visan’s Bonds of Steel, Book 3 of the Law and Crucible Saga, is definitely an enjoyable read. This is another commendable work from Visan.