Hot Best Seller

What Makes Us Mighty

Availability: Ready to download

A breakneck adventure for the Serenity crew in the seventh original novel tying into the much-missed Firefly series from creator Joss Whedon. A simple job Serenity is bound for the planet Kerry with a hold full of sealed, unidentified cargo for the planet’s highest-ranking nobleman. The duke is a surprisingly genial man whose court brings all the fanciness and fun of Perse A breakneck adventure for the Serenity crew in the seventh original novel tying into the much-missed Firefly series from creator Joss Whedon. A simple job Serenity is bound for the planet Kerry with a hold full of sealed, unidentified cargo for the planet’s highest-ranking nobleman. The duke is a surprisingly genial man whose court brings all the fanciness and fun of Persephone’s high society but little of the pretension—and, most importantly, he’s got the promise of more work. Some fine hospitality Obliged to stick around while Inara is with a client—and hoping to score future employment—the crew settles in. The liquor flows freely at court, and there’s food, entertainment, and comfortable lodgings to enjoy. Everyone is thrilled but Zoë. Her gut says something is off. A vicious massacre When the duke’s estate is attacked in the middle of the night, Mal sends Serenity to safety while he and Zoë investigate. What they find turns the whole story of Kerry upside-down. Revolution is brewing, and each of them will have to decide where to make their stand, even if it lands them on opposite sides…


Compare

A breakneck adventure for the Serenity crew in the seventh original novel tying into the much-missed Firefly series from creator Joss Whedon. A simple job Serenity is bound for the planet Kerry with a hold full of sealed, unidentified cargo for the planet’s highest-ranking nobleman. The duke is a surprisingly genial man whose court brings all the fanciness and fun of Perse A breakneck adventure for the Serenity crew in the seventh original novel tying into the much-missed Firefly series from creator Joss Whedon. A simple job Serenity is bound for the planet Kerry with a hold full of sealed, unidentified cargo for the planet’s highest-ranking nobleman. The duke is a surprisingly genial man whose court brings all the fanciness and fun of Persephone’s high society but little of the pretension—and, most importantly, he’s got the promise of more work. Some fine hospitality Obliged to stick around while Inara is with a client—and hoping to score future employment—the crew settles in. The liquor flows freely at court, and there’s food, entertainment, and comfortable lodgings to enjoy. Everyone is thrilled but Zoë. Her gut says something is off. A vicious massacre When the duke’s estate is attacked in the middle of the night, Mal sends Serenity to safety while he and Zoë investigate. What they find turns the whole story of Kerry upside-down. Revolution is brewing, and each of them will have to decide where to make their stand, even if it lands them on opposite sides…

30 review for What Makes Us Mighty

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jackson

    This was a rather average Firefly novel in my opinion. At it's core this is well written book and the characterisation is good, but the plot here is just too ruttin' similar to other books in this series, too similar to episodes of the show. What Makes Us Mighty had what felt like an overly "safe" plot that didn't do much to expand, or put a twist on, what we all know and love of this series. Firefly has such a strong combination of Space Opera and Western baked into it's DNA, and I feel as though This was a rather average Firefly novel in my opinion. At it's core this is well written book and the characterisation is good, but the plot here is just too ruttin' similar to other books in this series, too similar to episodes of the show. What Makes Us Mighty had what felt like an overly "safe" plot that didn't do much to expand, or put a twist on, what we all know and love of this series. Firefly has such a strong combination of Space Opera and Western baked into it's DNA, and I feel as thought if you aren't going to lean heavily on either of those settings (and their associated themes), then you need to do something real weird with it. There have been books in this series that have done that, but this one really didn't. What Makes Us Mighty felt as though elements of "typical Firefly plotting" were pulled from a hat and thrown together to form a very generic story - in brief; Inara has a client, the entire crew land hoping to have some R&R, Shepherd Book spends most of the book off-screen in an Abbey, the crew were tricked into smuggling something they didn't agree with, Jayne is a cold brute and worries about what he did back on Ariel, a localized civil war breaks out between two factions of the planet thus Zoe and Mal have flashbacks to the war, Kaylee and Wash stay with the ship, Simon does some doctoring and River is... well just River. It really is rather uninspired. I would love to see more creative ways to use these amazing characters. Memorable adventures that take the members of the cast out of their comfort zone. Or for the story to take us to a world unlike all the others we've seen. I love Firefly and I am so grateful we are still getting new material, it's just that this didn't feel new. This all sounds like I hated the book - I didn't. It's ok. As I said before, the writing is good, the pacing was smooth and the character voice, as usual with this series, was really strong... I just really want to see more from these stories and this one felt completely forgettable to me plot-wise, which is a real shame. 2 stars. Thank you for reading my review!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mick

    M.K. England is able to capture the voices of all these wonderful characters and tells a good, but pretty cliched story about an uprising against the priviledged ruler of a planet. The story is very much told by the numbers with no real surprises along the way. Also, the new female characters all seem strong and inspiring, while the new male characters mostly seem vile and misogynist, which is a bit much.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    I think this is my favourite so far of the novels. Don't get me wrong, the others aren't bad at all, but this just had something extra, I could see the novel play out as an episode in my head. Every character had been written just as you remember from the tv show. I think this is my favourite so far of the novels. Don't get me wrong, the others aren't bad at all, but this just had something extra, I could see the novel play out as an episode in my head. Every character had been written just as you remember from the tv show.

  4. 5 out of 5

    J. Griff

    Browncoats forever! This was by far the best book in the series so far, which is saying a lot as I really did enjoy the Magnificent Nine. The crew of Serenity get what they think is an easy job delivering cargo to a planet called Kerry. The Noble is a genial man & invites the crew to stay for a few days & promises more jobs at the same rate of pay. Zoe is the only one that thinks something is off as the crew settles in for free food & liquor. This novel truly felt like watching an episode of the Browncoats forever! This was by far the best book in the series so far, which is saying a lot as I really did enjoy the Magnificent Nine. The crew of Serenity get what they think is an easy job delivering cargo to a planet called Kerry. The Noble is a genial man & invites the crew to stay for a few days & promises more jobs at the same rate of pay. Zoe is the only one that thinks something is off as the crew settles in for free food & liquor. This novel truly felt like watching an episode of the old tv series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Ah, it’s that time again. I absolutely adore the Firefly books. It may be because I have such a fun love of the crew from the days when it was on public broadcast… but it’s a series that has been with me through various stages of my life. So here we go again. What I love is that you never really know what you’re going to get with these books. We’re at book 7 now, and the formulaic is much appreciated. This one feels a tad different in that the ‘hook’ isn’t so choreographed so simply at the begin Ah, it’s that time again. I absolutely adore the Firefly books. It may be because I have such a fun love of the crew from the days when it was on public broadcast… but it’s a series that has been with me through various stages of my life. So here we go again. What I love is that you never really know what you’re going to get with these books. We’re at book 7 now, and the formulaic is much appreciated. This one feels a tad different in that the ‘hook’ isn’t so choreographed so simply at the beginning of the novel. You know somethings going on but it’s less of a straight forward story in that there could be two sides that are in the ‘right or wrong’. The characters are all absolutely, once again spot on to their on screen portrayals. This one has Kaylee on the cover…though to be honest it doesn’t seem to revolve around her as I was hoping it would. What I love is that the books have up to now taken turns sharing the spotlight on different characters. This book seems to be spreading the attention to most here. Mal, Book, Inara and Zoe are all getting some heavy time.. with Simon, River, Wash, taking a less pronounced role, but all are involved. The world they come to, with a strange orange sky (I again say that I love the world building… these books absolutely paint a better picture of the galaxy) I love how Mal off handedly says that maybe the Terraform process didn’t go well here… implying how the process isn’t an exact science, and that the technology in the galaxy is still very worn, and used. Book splits off from the main group, and true to form, like the wandering priest he finds the sub section of the planets population, under very repressed and poor living conditions. Meanwhile the other crew members are interacting with the ‘elite’ class and rubbing elbows, and we get two sides of a story here. The crew banter is as always spot on and it’s fun hearing Wash, debase himself and the loving relationship between he and Zoe. The unlikely pairing of super strong female and wishy washy, timid male is a dynamic I love. We get a lot more showing the Companion ceremony, and how ritualistic it is.. Again the world building is so thick. So it comes out the there’s stage to a Companion visit..even a very sacred tea making and meditative phase…really cool. The story does a nice job of picking a side and going with it. We see this deployment of this really horrible weapon that is so inhumane it’s banned from usage by the Alliance. It’s really interesting to see the morality of the Alliance show itself. Despite them being an oppressive group knowing that they have morals too is nice to see… The group here on this planet however used Mal and crew to smuggle the weapon to them and deploy it on their own citizens… Mal doesn’t take kindly to this so in a grim scene, they go out to the fields, and put a bunch of still dying victims out of their misery. This then leads to some good ‘ol retribution and Firefly and crew team up with some resurgent and pretty much kick off a coup. By the end of the book the crew has pretty much evened out in terms of spotlight. Inara get some nice moments with her client and I like how meditative she’s portrayed in this book… The book is short, I’ll say that much, and honestly I wish we had so much more. It’s a good complaint to have, but we usually get maybe 2 books at most a year so each one is pretty special. Each one never outstays it’s welcome. This is no different. A fun fun book, I enjoyed it just as much as the previous 6. I can’t say enough about these books as they fill and scratch a VERY heavy itch for me, the firefly sized hole in my heart…

  6. 5 out of 5

    David

    Finally, a Firefly novel that felt like watching an episode of the show! I’ve enjoyed all the novels Titan has published, but few authors truly capture the spirit of the show AND the voices of the characters. M. K. England does both. There were very few times where a line of dialogue didn’t seem right. And the story is exactly the kind of tale I would have expected to see in future Firefly episodes, had it not been cancelled. My quibbles are few and mostly not specific to this novel. One, please Finally, a Firefly novel that felt like watching an episode of the show! I’ve enjoyed all the novels Titan has published, but few authors truly capture the spirit of the show AND the voices of the characters. M. K. England does both. There were very few times where a line of dialogue didn’t seem right. And the story is exactly the kind of tale I would have expected to see in future Firefly episodes, had it not been cancelled. My quibbles are few and mostly not specific to this novel. One, please stop calling Mal’s gun a Liberty Hammer every. Time. It’s mentioned. Once per novel should be the max; after that, just call it a pistol. My only other disappointment was that this is the first Firefly novel not to include a ribbon bookmark and patterned end papers. And the cover art looks low-res. I hope this isn’t a sign that the series sales are low. Seems like Titan is cutting corners. But those are minor complaints. M. K. England had wrought a mighty fine tale that I highly recommend to all Browncoats looking for their next fix.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)

    4 stars. This takes place before episode thirteen “Heart of Gold”. I believe this is the first in the series with a direct tie to the show like that but we are seven books in now so I could be wrong. I digress. This series seems to get better and better with each release. This one was awesome. I liked the adventure in this and I’m always down for a good Zoë and Mal team up and that happens here when they go to investigate an attack. It was a fun ride. The writing was good, it’s paced well and I t 4 stars. This takes place before episode thirteen “Heart of Gold”. I believe this is the first in the series with a direct tie to the show like that but we are seven books in now so I could be wrong. I digress. This series seems to get better and better with each release. This one was awesome. I liked the adventure in this and I’m always down for a good Zoë and Mal team up and that happens here when they go to investigate an attack. It was a fun ride. The writing was good, it’s paced well and I think England did a great job with the characters and no one felt OOC. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Robert MacLean

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It is ok. Nothing special. Nothing moving the firefly world forward. No new insights. Just an ok by the numbers, crew does something... And then needs to fix it. Another review says that the framing of all men evil and all women good in it was too much, but clearly they forget the crew has men in it, that there were plenty of men in the rebels and so on. I think their review was more about themselves than the book 😉 I thought the device of a world where men ignored women and that leads to their It is ok. Nothing special. Nothing moving the firefly world forward. No new insights. Just an ok by the numbers, crew does something... And then needs to fix it. Another review says that the framing of all men evil and all women good in it was too much, but clearly they forget the crew has men in it, that there were plenty of men in the rebels and so on. I think their review was more about themselves than the book 😉 I thought the device of a world where men ignored women and that leads to their downfall was an ok, if a bit done, idea and not too much as the other review said.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kal ★ Reader Voracious

    A finished copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review. This has not affected my opinion or the contents of my review. Quotations are from an unfinished copy and are subject to change upon final publication. Blog • Twitter • Instagram • Pinterest • Ko-fi • Patreon A finished copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review. This has not affected my opinion or the contents of my review. Quotations are from an unfinished copy and are subject to change upon final publication. Blog • Twitter • Instagram • Pinterest • Ko-fi • Patreon

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gene

    I've read the Firefly books almost as fast s they've come out, and I've enjoyed everyone - they are a refreshing dip back into the 'Verse. This one is just as good as the others - a fun little tale of Serenity and her crew - the author has a good grasp of the characters and the Verse - so it's like visiting an old friend. If you are just discovering the Firefly books, go back and grab the rest, they are definitely good reads. I've read the Firefly books almost as fast s they've come out, and I've enjoyed everyone - they are a refreshing dip back into the 'Verse. This one is just as good as the others - a fun little tale of Serenity and her crew - the author has a good grasp of the characters and the Verse - so it's like visiting an old friend. If you are just discovering the Firefly books, go back and grab the rest, they are definitely good reads.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    I have enjoyed every book in this series, I have listened to the audio books. The narrator does each character so well and has Mal down! Truly for me the only thing that could make these audiobooks in this series better would be to start and end with the music from the show.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    This might be my favorite Firefly novel so far. The author did an incredible job representing the main crew members and their relationships. Great storytelling and plot. I hope to see more Firefly novels from M.K. England.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Liraz

    This was one of my favorites.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    The good news: "This is a winner. Worth the wait." The bad news: "I have to wait again for the next book. :( The good news: "This is a winner. Worth the wait." The bad news: "I have to wait again for the next book. :(

  15. 5 out of 5

    Georgette

    Another solid entry in the series. Simon is still a wuss.

  16. 5 out of 5

    April

    I loved this book. The author does a bang up job of capturing the crew of serenity. I love these charters and their camaraderie.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anne Whitaker

    Another awesome Firefly novel I was so excited when my pre-order came through on my Kindle. It did not disappoint. I can't wait for the next one. Another awesome Firefly novel I was so excited when my pre-order came through on my Kindle. It did not disappoint. I can't wait for the next one.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Curtis Cupach

    Worst of the series so far. Disappointing

  19. 4 out of 5

    Maetthu

    It's a fun and entertaining revisit into the Firefly universe with lots of nods to the TV episodes, and while I enjoyed reading it for the nostalgia's sake, it was nothing particularly surprising, it felt like a mashup of several episodes, nothing really new. Mal captained, Zoe was reasonable, Wash did his piloty things, Kaylee fixed the ship and loved the dresses, River had her moments while Simon stitched everyone up, the Preacher Man got back to shooting kneecaps, Inara tea-ceremonied her fem It's a fun and entertaining revisit into the Firefly universe with lots of nods to the TV episodes, and while I enjoyed reading it for the nostalgia's sake, it was nothing particularly surprising, it felt like a mashup of several episodes, nothing really new. Mal captained, Zoe was reasonable, Wash did his piloty things, Kaylee fixed the ship and loved the dresses, River had her moments while Simon stitched everyone up, the Preacher Man got back to shooting kneecaps, Inara tea-ceremonied her female client and we even got a nod to the public relations job description of Jane, who was his usual self as well. Of all the books in the series it felt the most like a real episode to me, which made it warm and fuzzy but it felt a bit too much like fan service to me.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cactused

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sean Kerner

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ifwewait

  23. 5 out of 5

    Eeman Ahmed

  24. 4 out of 5

    George Lin

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Burton

  26. 5 out of 5

    Diana Logue

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joe Tauzer

  28. 5 out of 5

    Deb Conway

  29. 5 out of 5

    Leonard

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tim Hannon

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...