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The Death of Honor (Honor Trilogy #1) by Lyra Thorsson – ARC Review

Hello Avid Readers. Today, I’m taking part in the penultimate day of the blog tour for The Death of Honor by Lyra Thorsson. The first book in her new sci-fi trilogy, Honor Trilogy. My thanks to the blog tour organiser, Heather @ Overview Media, for the eBook in exchange for my candid opinion of the story.

Keep reading to see my review of The Death of Honor and find out more about Lyra. Don’t forget to use the purchase links today to start your adventure in this dangerous new universe and the people that call it home.

But first…

What’s The Death of Honor about?

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The Death of Honor (Honor Trilogy #1) by Lyra Thorsson – ARC ReviewMy Rating:
Title: The Death of Honor by Lyra Thorsson
Series: Honor Trilogy #1
Published by FoxTales Press on 12 January 2021
Genres: Sci-Fi & Futuristic
No. of Pages: 221

A sci-fi debut by Lyra Thorsson with the grittiness of Jessica Jones, but the humor of Firefly.

All Rebecca wants in life is to sail through space in her ship—is that too much to ask? The moment she lays eyes on her old military buddy Jonathan, Rebecca knew there was no running away from her duties. With her best friend, sometimes with benefits, Nik, she desired to return home to the Nreff Nation, one of the four government powers of the systems, to serve on one last mission.

However, the problem with returning is that they all are wanted for treason. It wasn’t their fault, however, as they had been framed by their old admiral, Sebastien Wilde. Fortunately, succeeding in this mission might give them a clean slate, as they are to find evidence of Wilde's involvement in the illegal human experimentation ring that goes against the Treaty Of World Equality and Rights (T.O.W.E.R.).

Rebecca and Nik agree to the mission, hoping to earn a more peaceful life, however Rebecca hides a dark secret: she was once closer to Sebastien than any of them ever realized, and the evidence incriminating him might also implicate her.

Now Rebecca has a choice: turn her back on her comrades and run for her life, or face her sins in order to prevent an all-out war.

This novel contains sexual content, violence, drug abuse, and physical, sexual, and mental abuse.


Source: ARC

I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't affect my opinion of the book or influence the content of my review.

Review Format: eBook
Purchase Links: Books2Read - Universal eBook Link

What did I think about it?

An Action-Packed Start To This Dystopian Space Trilogy

I agreed to read The Death of Honor and take part in this tour for a few reasons. Firstly, the blurb drew me in. It sounded like a great kick-arse adventure in space. Similar to the Aldebarian Alliance books I love so much – action, danger but with banter and humour to balance the darkness. I loved the idea of a last, world-saving mission for the protagonist and that she’d have supporting characters around to help. Finally, I’m always on the hunt for my next favourite author. Aren’t we all? 😉 I love finding new-to-me authors as well as supporting those who self-publish. Lyra Thorsson ticked both of those boxes!

Sci-fi tales set in space aren’t my usual reading genre. However, I’ve found a few recently that I really loved. (The Segonian by Dianne Duvall and More Than Stardust by Vivien Jackson) I decided that the blub was too tempting to resist and started reading.

Sadly, The Death of Honor didn’t live up to my expectations.

You can tell by the 2-star rating that this book didn’t grip me. It was OK but there was a lot about it that niggled. I’m not going to list everything; however, I will highlight my main grumbles.

My main issue was that I just didn’t gel with Lyra’s writing style. The prose she used (vocabulary, turn of phrase, etc.) in this book felt as though she was writing it for a young adult (14-18) audience. The narratives and dialogue told us rather than showed us what Lyra wanted us to experience. There were far too many secrets and lies. Every single character had umpteen things they were keeping secret for somebody’s best interest. That trope is a major pet peeve of mine and is rampant in stories aimed at the under 25s. There are many mature themes in this book; drug use and violence, as well as physical, sexual, and mental abuse. However, the scenes and descriptions were no more graphic than those in the Harry Potter or Hunger Games types of books.

Ignoring all of that, the plot was really exciting. I was intrigued and caught up in the mission to uncover the vital evidence needed to put a sociopathic leader behind bars.

The Death of Honor may not have been my favourite read but I liked the idea behind it.

Keep reading to find out more about this new sci-fi author.

About Lyra Thorsson

Author - Lyra Thorsson

Lyra Thorsson is the sci-fi pen name for Dani Hoots. She is a science fiction, fantasy, romance, and young adult author who loves anything with a story. She has a B.S. in Anthropology, a Masters of Urban and Environmental Planning, a Certificate in Novel Writing from Arizona State University, and a BS in Herbal Science from Bastyr University.

Her hobbies include reading, watching anime, cooking, studying different languages, wire walking, hula hoop, and working with plants. She is also an herbalist and sells her concoctions on FoxCraft Apothecary. She lives in Phoenix with her husband and visits Seattle often.

Feel free to email her with any questions you might have!

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my review. I know this didn’t exactly blow my socks off, but it has potential. Now go add it to your TBR pile! 😉

Have you read The Death of Honor? What did you think? Drop me a comment below and we can talk books.

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Before you go, don’t forget to check out the other new adult reads that I’ve featured on my blog.

Bye for now,

Flora x

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I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog - www.florasmusings.com

(2) Comments

  1. Shame it didn’t meet expectations, sci-fi trilogies are usually quite hit and miss for me. I’m glad it at least has an exciting plot! Lovely, honest review 🙂

    Anika | chaptersofmay.com

    1. Thanks Anika. I’m not giving up on Sci-fi but this just didn’t work for me. Thanks for visiting.

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