Book Review: The Triumph of Tompa Lee by Edward Hoornaert

Triumph of Tompa Lee coverTitle: The Triumph of Tompa Lee
Author: Edward Hoornaert
Genre: Science Fiction
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Tompa Lee—orphan, anti-social loner, and homeless street meat—has clawed her way up to the stars. There, on planet Zee Shode, she finds the galaxy’s greatest treasures: friendship and love.

Happily ever after? Not if the Galactic Trading Council has its way. The Council rules by divide and conquer, and Tompa commits the unforgivable crime of forging an alliance between humans, Shons, and Klicks.

The Council hires Lily Kilsing, earth’s most feared bounty hunter, to deal with her. Kilsing lures Tompa to a deserted alien city by kidnapping her fiancé and her best friend.

Aided only by the voices of dead people, can Tompa outsmart the huntress, or will she be forced to sacrifice her own life to save her loved ones—and the future of the Shon race?

The Triumph of Tompa Lee is an intriguing science fiction novel. It’s the first book I’ve read by author Edward Hoornaert, but it’s the third book in a series, and after reading this one, I’ll surely pick up the first two when I get some spare time.

Tompa Lee is everything you’d want in a heroine for a scifi novel. She’s witty, determined, has a wide arsenal of friends ready to help her out when in need, and she’s willing to take a risk to forge an alliance between different races, something which not everyone is happy about. Even in the opening chapter, she gets a warning about what she did, and the suspense is high from the start, as we know the Galactic Trading Council is out to get her, hurt her and destroy her.

The setting is unique and engaging, and shows the author’s creativity, and adds a refreshing, original layer to the story. It’s a complex, vast world with tons of different races. While the Galactic Trading Council wants nothing more than to keep those races apart, Tompa is bend on bringing them together.

Once Lily Kilsing enters the stage, the book gets a whole new dimension. I loved Lily – everything I look for in a villain, multi-dimensional, not just a puppet meant to play the role of the bad guy, but an actual person. I also liked how TOmpa was willing to sacrifice herself for the people she loved, and that she had to rely on her own wits to outsmart Lily, rather than rely on bare strength or any special abilities.

I had to read the entire book in one sitting. Excellent writing, great characters.

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