Returning to his Legion of the Damned universe, Dietz illustrates why he’s a master of the genre: the battle scenes are numerous and thrilling; the world feels immersive and authentic; and our heroine, Andromeda McKee, is a tough-as-nails badass who earns her squad nickname, The Steel Bitch. Also in its favor is an absorbing premise: Bent on murdering the empress who had her family assassinated, socialite turned fugitive Catherine Carletto becomes Legion recruit Andromeda McKee. But in spite of this promising beginning, the revenge element of the story never really gains any traction. McKee is so often wrapped up in military life that very little attention is paid to her quest to kill Empress Ophelia. And the empress herself, introduced in the first pages as a cold-blooded murderer who takes out her brother in a mad power grab, all but disappears from the story. Additionally, McKee’s late-breaking romance with a peripheral character feels strangely tacked on.