DUH DUH. Duh-duh-duh DUH DUH. Duh-duh-duh DUH DUH. Duh-duh-duh-duh.
In case you couldn’t tell, that was meant to be the Star Wars theme tune. And why? Because the next JFB book I am incredibly privileged to announce is the epic space opera Shattermoon by talented debut author Dominic Dulley.
Like Hustle? Like Firefly? Always wished you could read something that was a perfect mixture of the two? Of course you did – and you’re in luck, because Malcolm Reynolds has nothing on Orry Kent, a young conwoman who steals the wrong thing and finds herself in way over her head.
So, for the first time ever, please welcome Shattermoon to the JFB family:
Orry’s father is the best conman in the quadrant, targeting the decadent ruling families of the Ascendancy, running elaborate heists with Orry and her brother Ethan before disappearing without a trace. This time should be no different.
But then Orry goes off-script and everything falls apart. Less than an hour later the Count’s spoiled grandson is dead and Orry’s on the run, accused of a murder she didn’t commit.
Turns out, the pendant Orry stole was crafted by the Departed, the ancient civilisation who left this universe aeons ago, taking most of their secrets with them. But she’s not the only one who wants it. It doesn’t take ruthless space pirate Morven Dyas long to track her down, or to threaten her with her worst fear, and when she’s unexpectedly rescued by loner Jurgen Mender and his ageing spaceship, the Dainty Jane, Orry knows there’s only one thing left to do.
It will take all of Orry’s powers of persuasion to get Mender to agree to her plan, especially when even she can see the madness of pitting an inexperienced young grifter, a space-dog long past his best and an obsolete spaceship against the Imperial Fleet, the worst of the space-pirates – and the alien Kadirans, who are getting bored with the long, uneasy truce with humankind . . .
An inexperienced grifter. An obsolete spaceship. One hell of a ride.