Stormblood by Jeremy Szal
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Book Review: Stormblood by Jeremy Szal

Where do I even begin to talk about Stormblood? I have hardly read any science fiction novels so this would be a first. Did I enjoy it? Read on to find out.

About The Book

Vakov Fukasawa used to be a Reaper, a biosoldier fighting for the intergalactic governing body of Harmony against a brutal invading empire. Now, he fights against the stormtech: the DNA of an extinct alien race Harmony injected into him, altering his body chemistry and making him permanently addicted to adrenaline and aggression. It made him the perfect soldier, but it also opened a new drug market that has millions hopelessly addicted to their own body chemistry.

But when Harmony tells him that his former ally Reapers are being murdered, Vakov is appalled to discover his estranged brother is likely involved in the killings. They haven’t spoken in years, but Vakov can’t let his brother down and investigates. But the deeper he goes, the more addicted to stormtech he becomes, and Vakov discovers that the war might not be over after all. It’ll take everything he has to unearth this terrible secret, although doing so might mean betraying his brother. If his own body doesn’t betray him first.

A vibrant and talented new voice in SFF: alien technology, addictive upgrades, a soldier determined to protect his family, and a thief who is prepared to burn the world down . . .

My Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Details

Author: Jeremy Szal
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
Date Of Publication: 04th June 2020
Pages: 544
Format: Kindle Ebook
Source: NetGalley

A few months ago I saw someone talk about Stormblood on Twitter. The book eventually disappeared out from my head until a few weeks ago when I was browsing through Netgalley and came across the ARC in their catalogue. It took me less than a second to request for this title and you can imagine my surprise when I got the email granting me my request a couple of hours later. I mean, who even gets accepted that soon?

Stormblood is a soldiers tale. It tells us the story of Vakov, a former Reaper who left home to fight in the war. To become a Reaper he was injected with an alien DNA called Stormtech that turns him into a war machine. But now since the war is over, he fights another war against the Stormtech in him that seems to be slowly gaining power against his body. It is also a tale of two brothers who are caught on opposing ends of this battle.

There is drama, there is action and there is emotion that will drag you further and further into the story. I absolutely loved the world-building and you were able to clearly make out Vakov’s journey step by step.

Stormblood is easily read and I found myself reading for hours at a stretch. Each page makes you want to move into the next. It is very hard to pull yourself away from the world. If you are a fan of Sci-Fi movies then I would definitely recommend this book to you. GoodReads says this is the first book in a trilogy. I am eagerly waiting for the second in the series.

About The Author

Jeremy Szal
Taken from GoodReads

Jeremy Szal was born in 1995 in the outback of Australia. He writes about galactic nightmares, little traumas and broken people looking for hope in dark worlds. His science-fiction has appeared in Nature, Abyss & Apex, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Tor.com, The Drabblecast, and multiple anthologies.

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