It’s not secret I’m a huge fan of Ann Aguirre’s work (Razorland trilogy, Jax series, etc.) so I was very excited to pick up this book set in Sirantha Jax’s universe. I don’t think it has quite the same power and charm that the Jax series does which is not surprising since the book is set in a prison that is meant for all the worst offenders (think multi-hundred kill serial killers).
That said, I did really enjoy this book largely due to the strength of the ‘princess in chains.’ I can’t tell you how often I started thinking about wanting to swing chains around (it’d be a great workout). Between Dred (said princess) and Jael (formerly found in the Jax series) the book moves quickly and violently. There is intrigue and violence but there are interesting shades of morality given to the prisoners. The consideration of a society and rules amongst killers is intriguing. Some of the battles did feel a bit repetitive and drawn out, but considering the setting and the weapons available that is not surprising.
I definitely look forward to the next outing the series to see more exploration of the prison ship, Perdition, and the aftermath of this book.
I must say though I did enjoy this book, at times I found myself wanting to go back and read the Jax series more than I wanted to continue reading Perdition.