Earthrise (Her Instruments 1), by M.C.A. Hogarth
422 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 21 reviews
Reese Eddings has enough to do just keeping her rattletrap merchant vessel, the TMS Earthrise, profitable enough to pay food for herself and her micro-crew. So when a mysterious benefactor from her past shows up demanding she rescue a man from slavers, her first reaction is to say “NO!” And then to remember that she sort of promised to repay the loan. But she doesn’t remember signing up to tangle with pirates and slavers over a space elf prince...
Book 1 of the Her Instruments trilogy is a rollicking space operatic adventure set in the Pelted Paradox universe.
Cover art by Julie Dillon.
Meet the Author
Daughter of two Cuban political exiles, M.C.A. Hogarth was born a foreigner in the American melting pot and has had a fascination for the gaps in cultures and the bridges that span them ever since. She has been many things---web database architect, product manager, technical writer and massage therapist---but is currently a full-time parent, artist, writer and anthropologist to aliens, both human and otherwise. Her fiction has variously been recommended for a Nebula, a finalist for the Spectrum, placed on the secondary Tiptree reading list and chosen for two best-of anthologies; her art has appeared in RPGs, magazines and on book covers.
For a complete reading order, check her website's Where To Start page (http://mcahogarth.org/?page_id=3461). Or for a quick-start:
Mindtouch (story of friendship/asexual romance in SF setting)
Earthrise (space adventure romance romp)
The Aphorisms of Kherishdar (sociological SF, philosophical, quiet)
Spots the Space Marine (military SF, tense, quick-paced)
The Worth of a Shell (tri-sexed alien society fantasy)
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