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Undercity Major Bhaajan #1 Free download Ò 0 ↠ BOOK ONE IN A BRAND NEW SERIES by Nebula and Hugo Award Winner Catherine Asaro set in the world of her Skolian Empire universe In the galaxy spanning future Major Bhaajan is a tough female PI who works the dangerous streets of UndercityMajor Bhaajan a former military officer with Imperial Ho works the dangerous streets of UndercityMajor Bhaajan a former military officer with Imperial Space Command is now a hard bitten PI with a load of baggage to deal with and clients with woes. 4 12Books like Undercity are one of the reasons I joined Netgalley That pure serendipity that lets you discover a gem It's getting and difficult with e retailers to discover something new Their algorithms are made to sell and we are eager to buy what we know rather than discover the new This is one of the few things I miss from brick and mortar shops the causal discoveryTo my chagrin I've never read this author before I asked for Undercity because the publisher was Baen and well the blurb of course It seemed right up my alley But it would have not been the first time I've been dupedUndercity is way than promised There's a strong leading woman hell there's a full world of them There's an incredible world building More there's a hint of an epic world to build I got the same vibe I had when reading Dune an eon ago That trembling idea of an empire in the making Terrific I so wanted when it ended I wanted of the undercity of its inhabitants its past and its future I wanted to see the struggle to make the dream real Undercity has an epic feeling cast of characters too The city the population the ruling family with its shuddering burua like imposed on men It's not any prettier the other way round Bhaaj I'm sorry I missed her story as a young woman The good news It seems it's the first book in a new series so yay me There's only one nit for me Book I and Book II aren't that well linked IMHO It seems to me they were two different stories bundled together Book one is like a novella length prologue Think Anna Charlies novella that started Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs or Blooded by Amanda CarlsonWhat I can tell you is that here Book II is even better than Book I I'm thinking of Carlson's works where the prologue was better than the following booksSo maybe loosely jointed but still great When's the nextARC courtesy of Baen via NetGalley

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BOOK ONE IN A BRAND NEW SERIES by Nebula and Hugo Award Winner Catherine Asaro set in the world of her Skolian Empire universe In the galaxy spanning future Major Bhaajan is a tough female PI w. Fantasy Review BarnHoly messiah syndrome Batman Diamond in the rough private investigator solves all her cases and then works on fixing the entire world Carried out with all the subtly of a jackhammerMajor Bhaajan is a women who left poverty on her own and joined the military where she exceled She has survived on her own since running away from an orphanage at age 3 Granted she had help; a five year old showed her the ropes underneath the undercity where the ‘dust rats’ fight for survival Military life provides her with biological augmentations that make her super human and her appearance at a good twenty years younger than it should and a easy transition to PI Which in turn leads to her covert hiring by the top of the top; Majda royalty missing a princeA two part tale by design; the first third acts as an independent novella and was published as such previously It is here that Bhaajan attempts to find the missing prince and the details of society are lain out I mentioned subtlety We have a ‘gender flipped’ society on our hands with women acting as the matriarchal rulers with Taliban like gender divisions As in burkas completely lack of freedom and education bans But there is no reason or consistency for this that I can see The society doesn’t seem overtly religious and in practical application as a whole appears to have left this matriarchy behind; so a small group of royals enforce it among themselves purely to uphold traditionThe rest of the book once the case is inevitable wrapped up builds on Bhaajan’s discoveries as she works to save the undercity society; and inevitable all of society Gang warfare malnutrition and a stubborn desire to keep their own way of life are the make up of denizens of this sub society; completely ignored by the upper society outside of occasional attempts to round up the orphans and give them a ‘better’ life Having left this world Bhaajan is sucked back in during the case and finds herself not only caring about the plight of her former world but with some hope of being able to change itAs interesting as this underworld was it was diminished by a lack of mapping before everything was put to page A world that has gambling dens violent gang wars and that has managed to survive without an influx of new bodies for hundreds of years and yet its population is constantly estimated by those on the outside to be in the dozens Minimum breeding populations are not going to be met by those numbers especially with a high mortality rate that the text suggests Even Bhaajan who grew up in this world seems to think there are less than a hundred people supporting this populationBhaajan is the type of character that can do no wrong She unlocks puzzles with ease has access to everyone worth knowing hides from the most sophisticated security and gets respect for her suggestions from every single person she deals with She gains uite a following makes gangsters put down their weapons in each others’ presence and it is hinted that she may have set the path for a world changing movement by her simplest actions But I do not fault this character path because it worked There was a lack of tension sure little to no doubt that if Bhaajan sets her mind to it she will get her way But it was entertaining watching her work; her cool under pressure uick reasoning and willingness to take a little time for herself along with it finding an old piece of eye candy that remembers her wellOn the whole I found this to be a pretty good book; those looking for a strong female protagonist will be pleased and those who toss around the term Mary Sue will probably be better off looking elsewhere If I found some of the setting to be a bit lazy it never distracted enough to take from the story3 StarsReview copy provided by publisher through NetGalley

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Undercity Major Bhaajan #1Sometimes personal sometimes galaxy shattering and sometimes both Bhaajan must sift through the shadows of dark and dangerous Undercity the enormous capital of a vast star empire to find answer. Major Bhaajan has spent her entire life trying to escape the brutal world of the Undercity—she left when she was sixteen joined the military and became a PI—until a suspected kidnapping of the beloved and protected prince of her home planet's ruling family draws her back in But after the prince is found Bhaajan finds herself pulled into the world of her childhood once —as dangers are lurking for the Undercity at every turnThis wasehhhhhI enjoyed the plot however I felt that there was a lot of heavy handedness in the handling of many of the situations and some clunky writing that felt very forced and in the audiobook the call and response of the Dirt Knights was painful to listen toThis book has the feel of a traditional urban fantasy that just happens to be dropped into a sci fi setting The heroine is tough former military a stated loner who escaped her hard past but finds herself brought back into it She's special but doesn't really know why She has a very strong inner monologue that turns into exposition that can be obvious and slightly mind numbing at times There is a mystery to be solved she is a PI and that mystery transforms into something that can change her people and herselfDon't get me wrong—I love urban fantasy But some of the cliches and tropes were a bit too heavy and obvious And practically perfect in every way Bhaajan was kind of a bore She's good at everything she does and was apparently self sufficient and fully cognizant at three and despite having been apart from the city of her childhood for twenty some years can speak fully on her people's needs without having to consult any of them because nothing has changed in millenniaAlso I grew weary of the very maleness that was Jack There's only so many times you can hear lean long masculine smile smirk etc And Bhaajan had a weird obsession with women who were taller than she was what was up with thatHowever I did like the spin on gender roles placing the men in the protected positions with a matriarchal society It was interesting as was the role of psions in the society Although the entire inbreeding aspect was ehhhhhhh this is an issue I've had with some of the other books in the original seriesOverall it's a solid read but not a stellar oneIf you like urban fantasy and want to branch into sci fi this might feel familiar and ease the transition