Sky Full of Stars, Lindsay Buroker, (or what to read now you have finally accepted there is no more Firefly… Le Sigh)

So Wendy, the (I am sure) almost omnipotent and (completely) awesome Super Librarian has Favourite Trope as a TBR Challenge for this month.

And I have a trope that is really more a sub-genre and I totally love with a slightly embarrassed nerd-like love: Space Opera with laughs. (that’s a thing right?) I also LOVE Space Opera (how do people think all those worlds up???) But humourous space-set adventure with zany adventures and weird aliens? Total Blue Castle Cat-nip. (It probably stems from too much Red Dwarf, and re-watches of The Fifth Element when I was younger…)

Thus: Lindsay Buroker’s Sky Full of Stars Series: Books 1-3.

Now I am a gargantuan Buroker fan, ever since I started and became addicted to her Emperor’s Edge series.  She is one of those best things to come out of self publishing, that you occasionally hear about. She writes prolifically and her stories are consistently clever, high quality and funny with a deft light touch.

If you were going to complain about anything it would be the fact that her females characters are always intrepid and  clever-in-a-slightly-juvenile-I-like-my-little-ponies-and-rainbows kind of way (NOT that there is anything wrong with that) and her heroes tend towards the stalwart, monosyllabic, brooding anti-hero-that-is-a-hero bent. (Again – I have no issue with this…)

Her world building is fantabulous and very solid and if you like political manoeuvrings in other worlds (or space) and moral conundrums that can be applied cross species – then you should definitely check her out.

Sky Full of Stars takes place in the same universe as a previous Buroker Series Fallen Empire , this series is about the next generation, but you can totally read it with out having to go through the previous series.

Jelena is a Starseer, (magical mind powers of varying degrees), who has finally been given charge of her very own freight run with slightly older big-brother type Erick. In half a book, they accidentally blow up a scientific research station, trying to rescue animals that have been inhumanely treated, inadvertently kidnap an expensive genetically modified super-human female, chase after a childhood friend that leads them straight into intergalactic political war and incur an over-the-top fine for destroying a space docking station 

The second book finds them in the middle of an ethical conundrum whilst trying their hand at being mercenaries (to pay off previously incurred over-the-top fine); and the third instalment has a map, space pirates and a treasure hunt.


she is there aplenty.


Not so much.


But it is LIGHT, and humorous and I feel like we will eventually get there. If you have read any Emperor’s Edge series, the romance there is so EPICALLY slow burn, I feel like I am going to die from agony of suffering the wait, long before any character manages to make any sort of kissy face with another…

But when it happens????


I die.

Sky Full of Stars looks like it is shaping up the same way: there is but the merest Joey-nod to a romance in any of the books,


Although the last one does have one particularly good snog….

BUT the thing that makes it best?

The Banter

Buroker does EXCELLENT Banter; not just between hero/heroine, but between ALL characters, which is awesome

“Can your smart, computer-loving brain convince that panel to let us in?” Jelena asked.

“If not, my smart plasmite torch can.” He tapped the case where he’d secured the weapon.

“You sound like Leonidas.”

“Really? I’d assumed he would just punch his fist into the panel.”

“He would, but it would be a smart fist.”


“You were more polite and less sarcastic before you went away to school,” Jelena said, alternating between watching the approach of the ship and the terrain as she flew over it. “And I thought we discussed that we couldn’t possibly be doing something illicit in a place where there aren’t any laws.”

“I mostly remember discussing swords and capes. And ponies and unicorns….”

“…Because I’m a good friend, I’ll do you a favor and not tell any women you date that you can’t keep from thinking about my underwear.”

“Should I ever find someone to date me, I’m sure I’ll be grateful.”


Thor, striding ahead of them, said nothing.

‘Is he coming with us, or are we all just walking in the same direction? Erick asked…

‘I’m not sure. He didn’t seem to love your lecture. When did you turn into such a responsible grownup, Erick?’


Masika thumped his chest with the back of her gloved hand. “It looks good on you.”

“I know you don’t believe that.”

“You’re right,” Masika said. “I was trying to head off sulking.”

“I don’t sulk.”

“No? What’s it called when you lock yourself in your cabin for days and don’t talk to anyone?”


“Now you can contemplate glitter.”


I’d appreciate it if you didn’t pester me. I have a dozen problems demanding my attention, and you took all my tool-holding people.”

“I’ll only pester you if we need a heroic rescue.”

“Thor can’t handle the heroics?”

“I’m not sure. It’s possible he feels emasculated by my glitter.”

Thor glared at her. Jelena smiled.


It’s also nice to read and watch Jelena mature throughout the series; to start relying more on her own instincts, to grow a solid moral core of definite things she will and won’t do. The books take place pretty much one-after-the-other, and the amount of real time for each adventure is usually about a week or so…. which, if you think about it in any sort of intense way, begs belief a little bit. But come on – it’s a SPACE ADVENTURE – nothing is supposed to be thought of that intensely!

The characters are all young (18 through to early 20s), but not in a super noticeable-glaring-generation-gap kind of way. And the only thing that got very slightly on my space nerves is that Thor (brooding hero extraordinaire) can read other people’s minds through these mind powers. NOTHING ever surprises him – and he ALWAYS knows what Jelena is thinking.

I am all like: how very fortunate for Thor – mayhap he should be slightly less of an asshole – but no. Still a brooding turd. He does improve, but I really want him to lose his powers at some point. Just saying.

So, if you are anything like me: Still lamenting the end of Firefly (you were taken from us TOO SOON) and want to have more episodic tales of a disparate group of space adventurers, roaming the heavens for freight and adventures. Try Sky full of Stars.


Valancy: on the lookout for something else bright and quick and a little bit snazzy. (If I am on a roll, why stop??)


Header Image: William Morris Wallpaper design: 1871, Branch

10 thoughts on “Sky Full of Stars, Lindsay Buroker, (or what to read now you have finally accepted there is no more Firefly… Le Sigh)

    1. FIREFLY!!!!! (I knew we were kindred spirits! 😉 ) I loved it so hard – everything about it was just so dang good. I still get upset now, just thinking about the fact that they were ended too soon. The movie? MADE up for NOTHING, imo.

      But space opera? Particularly humourous ones? They are so good: light, but deep; covering ethical conumdrums; race and diversity are EVERYWHERE and they seem both so far removed from our current horrendous world and political climate – but at the same time, encounter such similar issues…. I don’t know it feels like a sort of therapeutic respite from the horribleness of our world….
      Which is probably waaay too deep for the whole genre – but it is why I always come back to it. 🙂

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      1. No, I think that’s exactly why the genre is so vast–people approach deep issues differently. Sometimes, we need that distance, to make the problems a hypothetical, and have the characters struggle with them, and grow, mature, improve. It gives us hope that so can we (humanity).

        Then we have those books that deal with deep issues by pulling you inside the angst and the sadness and the trauma, and then bring you up again, into the light–and those too give you hope and peace.

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        1. That is exactly so true. It’s wonderful that there is such a plethora of types and genres that can do all of this…makes therapy via books seem like a much more viable option 😉 …And there are people out there that don’t read! (*shakes head in disbelief*)

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    1. Bugger it, Sky Full of Stars is not available on paper (I don’t have a Kindle) and nor is the first book of Emperor’s Edge. Star Nomad (Fallen Empire) is – do you recommend that one?

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      1. Star Nomad is the first in the original series – it starts with Jelana’s mother. It IS good – but there are about 9 books in it, so it does take a bit to get started. I tend to be a bit biased with Buroker (heh – alliteration (!)), so I read and like pretty much everything she puts out – you’re own milage may vary….I’d still check out a sample before you buy, even if it’s just on your computer…

        Kindle/e-pub versions tend to be the mainstay of self published don’t they? Which can be VERY frustrating for non-kindle peoples – I completely understand. I am a kindle-person – but when mine died (a brief, dark period, I now refer to as the middle ages) I ended up downloading the Kindle app onto my phone and tablet, so I could still read books that way…
        Not QUITE the same, but ended up being super useful for reading samples and downloading freebies!


    1. haha – I say, give them some options and let them pick one:
      – munificent
      – most eminent
      – autarchical
      – omnipotent

      …see what they come back with…Choice: that is the fundamental basis of benevolent leaders…no? 😉

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