Commander Devon Ardel is sent to a remote base on a backwater world to take over a struggling starfighter squadron. She soon realizes that her pilot’s simply lack the will to fight an enemy that has dominated them for months. Inspiring her people to fight proves easy enough until the enemy retaliates with a new and deadly fighter. Now she must figure out new tactics and overcome an enemy ace who threatens to kill them all in single combat aerial duels.
Devon’s Blade Review
Devon’s Blade by Ken McConnell is an action-packed read almost from the get-go. I’ll admit, I’ve never read story of fighter pilots dogfights before, so I got a little lost with some of the terminology. However, the author does a good enough job of communicating the tenseness of the fights that I didn’t feel like I was missing much.
I absolutely loved the fact that the main characters were strong, flawed and fantastic females. Not all of them were likable, and they didn’t need to be. It just caught me so off-guard – and was such a pleasant surprise – that this book, that could have easily been filled with nothing but men, was female-dominated. Men, whilst present, very much took a backseat for most of the action.
Devon’s Blade was set on an alien planet, years into the future, but honestly this is one of those stories that – with a few changes – could take place almost any time from the invention of fighter planes and on. It’s definitely a good novella to read on a car/plane ride whilst you’re traveling this summer. Highly recommend it! You can purchase Devon’s Blade on Amazon now.