Tangled Axon #1

Jacqueline Koyanagi

fiction lgbtqia+ science fiction
adventurous challenging slow-paced

331 pages | first published 2013

Alana Quick is the best damned sky surgeon in Heliodor City, but repairing starship engines barely pays the bills. When the desperate crew of a cargo vessel stops by her shipyard looking for her spiritually advanced sister Nova, Alana stows away. Maybe her boldness will land her a long-term gig on the crew. But the Tangled Axon proves to be more than star-watching and plasma coils. The chief engineer thinks he's a wolf. The pilot fades in and out of existence. The captain is all blond hair, boots, and ego . . . and Alana can't keep her eyes off her. But there's little time for romance: Nova's in danger and someone will do anything--even destroying planets--to get their hands on her.

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adventurous 100%
emotional 28%
hopeful 28%
challenging 14%
dark 14%
inspiring 14%
lighthearted 14%
mysterious 14%
reflective 14%
sad 14%
tense 14%


slow 60%
medium 40%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 50% | Character: 50%

Strong character development?

Yes: 57% | It's complicated: 28% | No: 14%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 57% | It's complicated: 28% | No: 14%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 100%

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