The Blighted Stars by Megan E. O’Keefe

The Blighted Stars is an action-packed, character-driven space opera that hooked me from the first page.


Tarquin Mercator is the son of one of the most powerful families involved in space exploration. Tarquin has never been interested in ruling the family empire; he would much rather pursue studying geology and reading books. However, his father has assigned him to monitor the mining of a new planet.

Before they even land on the planet, things go sideways, leaving everyone stranded on this dying planet, scrambling to find a way to start communications and get the shuttle working again.

Naira is among those stuck with Tarquin. She’s a convicted spy disguised as Tarquin’s bodyguard and is prepared to keep him safe, at least, until she can free herself.

Review of The Blighted Stars

I’ve been meaning to read more sci-fi, but I find most of the genre intimidating. But when I found out that this space opera was character-driven, I decided to give it a go. And I’m happy I did. Tarquin and Naira are the most fully fleshed-out characters, as they should be. I loved their easy banter with each other.

On the subject of banter, there is a budding romance in this first instalment. It doesn’t overpower the story, but it is there. At times, it is cute, and at others, a bit cheesy, but fun nevertheless.

The sci-fi itself was fairly accessible. In this universe, people can extend their lifespans simply by printing into different bodies.

This book is action-packed right from the first chapter and, for the most part, keeps a consistent pace all the way through.

I believe that the author has already written the entire trilogy, so hopefully, there’s not too long of a wait for the next book.

If, like me, you want to dip your toes into sci-fi, I’d say this is a great place to start. If you’re a seasoned sci-fi reader who enjoys a sprinkle of romance, you might also enjoy this novel.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Expected Publication: 23 May 2023

Thank you to Orbit for the physical and digital copies in exchange for an honest review.

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