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Bishop to Queen

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this was a really fun read, the characters were great and I enjoyed getting to know them. The plot was great and I I look forward to more more in this series.

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BISHOP TO QUEEN is the second instalment in Lexy Wolfe’s sci-fi, futuristic, dystopian series focusing on cyborg Ravenhawk, and human Viktor Chernovich as they traverse a world of artificial intelligence. BISHOP TO QUEEN should not be read as a stand alone. I recommend reading RAVENHAWK (book one) first for back story, history and cohesion.

Told from third person perspective BISHOP TO QUEEN is a story line divided into two parts. Part one focuses on a scrappy Russian thief named Viktor Chernovich, as he is saved from execution, and forced to be the companion to Rebeka, an assassin and pilot whose reputation as a killer has preceded her introduction to Viktor Chernovich. But Rebeka has made an enemy of the man in charge, and her life is no longer hers to control.

Part two follows Viktor as he becomes part of a secret society known as Caissa’s Gambit to fight both government and corporate corruption at Cybercorp as the leaders continue to destroy the people he loves. As one of the few remaining pure humans, Viktor’s rogue family of cyborgs (cybernetic organisms), synths (synthetics), VI (virtual intelligence) and AI (artificial intelligence) protect our hero as he navigates a world that is becoming increasingly hostile, leading to war between man and machine. As the AI/VI/Cyborg and Synths slowly become self aware and sentient, the humans are determined to destroy the machines of which they built.

Ravenhawk is a cyborg whose backstory is told in book one RAVENHAWK, a story that focuses on Raven’s developing self awareness, and the small remaining human connection she has to the outside world. A powerful cybernetic organism whose majority make up is synthetic, Raven struggles with what was, and what is. Having spent her earlier existence ‘collecting and preserving data’ for Cybercorp, Raven battles with the memories of the atrocities she was commanded to do.

Lexy Wolfe has built a detailed and complex world of what ifs- a world that continues to see discrimination and segregation; specieism and bigotry; inequality, intolerance, destruction and fear. A philosophical and sociological tale of man and machine; of culture, change, relationships, interactions and values. The corrupted bureaucrats and government regulatory systems force the resistors, the rogues and the gangs to take back what was once theirs including their freedom and right to survive.

For followers of science fiction or fans of movies and television shows there are numerous similarities and the familiarity of Blade Runner, The Matrix, Star Trek, I Robot, and William Gibson’s Neuromancer-the book on which The Matrix was based. A gritty , intriguing and thought provoking premise BISHOP TO QUEEN is a dramatic and tragic tale of a society destroyed by power and control, that ends on a slight cliff hanger-you have been warned.




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I have mixed feelings about Bishop to Queen by Lexy Wolfe. I didn’t know it was the second in the series until I started to get this post ready. I did feel like this worked fine as a stand-alone and given the beginning and end of this one, I do wonder how the first fit in, but don’t think I’ll bother going back to read it.

On the one hand, I enjoyed reading Bishop to Queen. I flew through it and maybe put off doing some work to read it instead. It was a fun book that moved along at a good pace. The characters were interesting and amusing if slightly one-dimensional. The idea of what makes a being human and what makes someone “good,” while not a new topic in sci-fi, was explored well here.

There were a couple of things I didn’t like about the book too. First, as I mentioned, the characters were not a multi-dimensional as I could wish and the dialogue was stilted at times. The climax of the story was a bit of a let-down; it just wasn’t as exciting as it could have been. And the reveal was just too obvious. The story had a lot of potential, but didn’t quite live up to its promise for me.

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This was an interesting book! I love reading stories that explore what it means to be "alive" through AI, and this was no exception.

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This is an captivating, futuristic tale well told by an experienced author. The story contains some interesting ideas about society, corporations, and technology. A pretty good read for scifi fans.

Thanks very much for the ARC for review!!

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A book worth the read from all perspectives. Given the title and of how the writer complies the story it allowed the reader to feel at ease. I am impressed of the approach to such a title. A way to prevent society from going bad and to remain as human to gain the best from all achievements. This encourages the reader to believe in the righteousness of the story. In handling of government issues and to be there for a uphold on society. I recommend this book to you for the best gained authority for all in their rights.

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