I read "The Emperor's Edge" a while ago, the first in Lindsay Buroker's Fantasy series, and I thought it was ok. Enjoyable enough, nothing to complain about.
But I really had a blast reading "Star Nomad". The female protagonist is an ex-combat pilot for a successful rebellion, so she's familiar with fighting and weapons. But she's not above being afraid. She's flawed, not always considerate or prudent, snarky, but still funny and likable. She needs saving sometimes, and saves others sometimes.
Oh, and no romance (although a bit of a hint one might develop over the series).
Lots of action, a thrown together "crew", a character and plot driven Sci Fi Adventure.
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