Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan 


Everyone in the universe knows his name. Everyone in the universe fears him. But no one realizes that notorious outlaw Ia Cōcha is a seventeen-year-old girl.

A criminal mastermind and unrivaled pilot, Ia has spent her life terrorizing the Olympus Commonwealth, the imperialist nation that destroyed her home. When the Commonwealth captures her and her true identity is exposed, they see Ia’s age and talent as an opportunity: by forcing her to serve them, they will prove that no one is beyond their control.

Soon, Ia is trapped at the Commonwealth’s military academy, desperately plotting her escape. But new acquaintances—including Brinn, a seemingly average student with a closely-held secret, and their charming Flight Master, Knives—cause Ia to question her own alliances. Can she find a way to escape the Commonwealth’s clutches before these bonds deepen? 

Content/trigger warnings:

murder, graphic violence, slavery, torture


I’ve heard of this book before but I haven’t seen many bookdragons gush about this one and now I am absolutely miffed because this book DESERVES MORE LOVE. This is written by a Filipino author and it’s one of the best space operas I have ever read. Now I will spend my life screaming about it at the top of my lungs.

Thank you so much to Shealea @shutupshealea and Caffeine Book Tours for trusting me to be a part of the blog tour for Eclipse the Skies (sequel to Ignite the Stars). Without you, I wouldn’t have discovered this new favorite. I am eternally grateful that you brought this series under my radar.


• It’s the kind of book that will grip you since page one

“The only way you can live with your past is to recognize that every decision you make in your life will make you stronger.”

I usually check the remaining reading time on my Kindle but when I was reading this book, I wasn’t even able to keep track of it because I was enjoying my reading experience very much. The pacing is perfect and it has a solid plot that sold me since page one. I have a lot of questions and this book does have a lot of minor plot holes but I don’t really care at this point.

I also love the world-building. Ignite the Stars is full of spaceships, flight simulations, AIs, cyborgs, and more sci-fi goodness that I really appreciate. There’s so much detail to this world and I just can’t get enough of it.

• ‎I have so much love for the characters

Ignite the Stars features three character perspectives and I enjoyed reading every single one of them. I didn’t feel the need to skip to another chapter because I didn’t like one of the narrators. Ia, Brinn, and Knives gave so much dimension to this book. I adore their dynamics so much.

Ia (MY ASIAN QUEEN) is a punch-first-and-ask-questions-later kind of protagonist and I love that about her. She’s the galaxy’s most wanted criminal who wants to destroy the Commonwealth brick by brick. Her character development in this book is off the charts. I found myself rooting for her because she has so much angst and fire inside her soul.

“When a Blood Wolf has its teeth out, it doesn’t take much to make it snap.”

Brinn is also one of my favorites. I didn’t think much of her at first but as the story progressed, I found myself loving her more and more. In the book, she’s a Tawny—a race that is despised by most—and she tries to hide who she is to avoid being judged and persecuted by others. She struggled to hide who she truly is and that really affected me. I think that’s something a lot of people can relate to—pretending to be someone they’re not.

Knives is also someone I really care about. He’s a decent guy and I’m looking forward to reading more of him in the next book. I also love his chemistry with Ia. They gave me lots of feels and I’m just here wishing for their happiness.

The side characters are also easy to love. Some of my favorites are Angie, Geoff and Aaron. They give off a certain positive vibe that made me appreciate this book even more.


I have to give Maura Milan a round of applause and a fifteen-minute standing ovation for giving me quality female friendship content in this book. She really gave an effort to cultivate Ia and Brinn’s friendship and it ended up being one of my most favorite aspects in Ignite the Stars. Ia and Brinn make an iconic duo who lift each other up and occasionally blow up ships together. I have to stan.

“If Einn had been her anchor, then Brinn was now her sails. There was no point staying in one place her whole life. Things had to change.”

• ‎There’s so much action and it’s very well-written

The action sequences in this book are just… *chef’s kiss*

Maura Milan really knows how to write fight scenes that kept me on the edge of my seat. Ignite the Stars is an action-packed space opera that is perfect for fans of Illuminae and sci-fi in general. I don’t know why many people compare this to Throne of Glass but I really think this one has more Illuminae vibes.

• ‎This book surprised me in so many ways

I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. I also didn’t expect to be taken by surprise by a lot of twists and turns in Ignite the Stars. This series has a lot of potential and I can’t wait to see it grow. YOU NEED TO ADD THIS BOOK TO YOUR TBR. I CAN’T STRESS THIS ENOUGH. Also, watch out for the Eclipse the Skies Blog Tour! I’ll scream some more when the time comes.


There you go! IT FEELS SO GOOD TO TALK ABOUT BOOKS AGAIN I’M SOBBING. I’ve been mostly MIA lately because college is holding me like a vice and I think I’ll eventually burst into a pile of dried tears in the next week or so. I haven’t read anything in weeks which means that my soul is now ripped into a thousand pieces. Too many horcruxes to count. Let’s just hope this immortality lasts.

I just bursted my academic bubble to post this book review because it’s time to convince you NOT TO SLEEP ON THIS SERIES (speaking of sleep, I badly need one right now oof). I’ll be back in the blogging world real soon to post my review for its sequel. WATCH OUT FOR THE ECLIPSE THE SKIES BLOG TOUR. 

Also, wish my college-stressed self a lot of luck. Ya dragon definitely needs it.

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What are your favorite space operas? Is Ignite the Stars in your TBR pile? If you’ve read it, what did you think about it?


  1. I’ve seen this one around but haven’t heard that much about it, now I’m definitely interested!
    Great review 🙂



  2. Aaaaah sis I was already sold on reading this book but now…now I MUST HAVE THIS PRECIOUS BOOK SO I CAN READ IT AND SHRIEK WITH YOU IT SOUNDS LIKE EVERYTHING I WANT IN A SCI-FI!



    IA is my new favourite badass mc for sure! And same, I didn’t think much of Brinn in the beginning but I grew to love her. IA AND BRINN’S FRIENDSHIP IS ICONIC, I STANN!!!


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