Underside series

by Zoë Sumra

The Underside series is space opera with a significant nod to gangland thrillers, introduces us to Zoë Sumra’s universe and establishes her as a name to watch in epic space opera. The depth of her characters, the breadth of her world-building, the ambition and longevity of her story-arcs spanning multiple generations of families, all make this a first series in what is going to be a fascinating and enthralling universe.

The first book in the Underside series, Sailor to a Siren, was published by Elsewhen Press in July 2015

Sailor to a Siren

The first book in the Underside series

Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck

When Connor and Logan Cardwain, a gangster’s lieutenants, steal a shipment of high-grade narcotics on the orders of their boss, Connor dreams of diverting the profits and setting up in business for himself. His plans encounter a hurdle in the form of Éloise Falavière, Logan’s former girlfriend, who has been hired by an interplanetary police force’s vice squad.

Logan wants a family; Éloise wants to stop the drugs shipment from being sent to her home planet; Connor wants to gain independence without angering his boss. All of their plans are derailed, though, when they discover that the shipment was hiding a much deadlier secret – the prototype of a tiny superweapon powerful enough to destabilise galactic peace. Read more…

The second book in the Underside series, The Wages of Sin, was published by Elsewhen Press in June 2017

The Wages of Sin

The second book in the Underside series

Cover: Alex Storer
Cover: Alex Storer

One young woman dies and another vanishes on the same chilly spring night. Connor Cardwain sees no reason to link his cleaner Merissa’s murder to a mystery anchored within a high-end warship sales team, but reconsiders his position when he realises both women were connected to a foreign runaway.

Armed with an enterprising widow, an imperial spy and his own wits, Connor sets out to find the missing woman, in a city streaked with vice and a planet upturned by other ganglanders’ ambition. If he fails to beat arms dealers, aristocrats, pirates and human traffickers at their own game, he and all his team will pay the price – and the wages of sin are death. Read more…