In anticipation of the sequel to The Sapphire Shadow (watch this space), we are giving some love to James Wake’s dystopian cyberpunk novel that features a WLW main character. Read on to learn more about what readers are saying about this sci-fi read and for a link to purchase!Get to know sci-fi writer James Wake and their latest novel The Sapphire Shadow, here. Click To Tweet
Nadia loves jewels. Big ones, small ones, red ones, blue ones. But her favorite variety is the illegally acquired. She has more than enough money to buy the best. That’s never been the point. Shoplifting is her hobby, her escape. When her high school friend, Tess, offers to help her break into real burglary, how could she refuse? Tess is a technical genius – she designed and built her own right arm. Surely she can take down any security standing in their way to bigger and better loot.
Outside the city walls, Jackson was raised in the slums. Life as a refugee was never easy, and the only way out was joining the army. Now she’s a cop, finally living inside the old sea walls. She’s supposed to be hunting Cheshire, a reclusive hacktivist stirring up unrest, but the nightly news is full of a smug young woman breaking the law and getting away with it, blowing kisses as she escapes police and private security. Theatrical, daring heists, thrilling to watch. And Jackson hates every minute of it.
Meanwhile, the city they both call home is slowly tearing itself apart around them. Jackson crushes riot after riot, just part of the job. But more and more it feels wrong, hopeless, no point to any of it, no future for any of them.
Nadia has given up on the future. But more and more people see her escapades and realize they can fight back. It doesn’t make sense to Nadia, not at first, but an unlikely romance starts to show her that there could be some hope, even in a broken world.
What the readers are saying:
“James Wake excels at writing action sequences. The book was jam-packed with nail biting moments. I felt like I was right beside Nadia as she fought, made quick decisions, and raced towards narrow escapes. The book is dark but realistic…Although this is not my typical genre, I’m glad I picked up this book. Nadia in particular is a wonderful character who brings panache to a gritty tale. “ – Miranda Lynn, The Lesbian Review
“Wake’s strengths in The Sapphire Shadow include compelling action scenes that keep you reading long after you meant to put the book down and go to bed as well as innovative (and just really cool) technology. Believable world-building and an ever-building plot kept me hooked.” – Amy King, Reedsy Discovery
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