I am a fan of science fiction, advance technology, alien worlds, murder mysteries, and strong character development. It’s rare to find a book that canI am a fan of science fiction, advance technology, alien worlds, murder mysteries, and strong character development. It’s rare to find a book that can combine all of these elements into a cohesive and engaging story. Lyn Forester is one of those rare authors who can and Beneath a Holo-Sky showcases what amazing job she does! In addition to an intriguing plot, she effortlessly pulls readers into an alien world full of unique but familiar technology, amusing product placement (Go Go Now!) and characters that resonate with quirky personalities. Blending it all into an enjoyable detective story.
On a planet with a poisonous atmosphere, Humans and Halions have banded together to build cities that push back the deadly aspects of the planet. From these cities arose a new civilization, with clearly defined structure. Black Corp (aka the legal mob) controls all government sanctioned illegal activities. Blue Guard (aka the human and half-breed legal system) protects the citizens and investigates crimes. White Guard (aka the alien police) handles anything related to the Clan, or rather those who are pure Halion. Outside of these three governing bodies are the I.I. (Investigators, Inc.) who take on cases ranging from investigating infidelity to running errands for any citizen of the world. Anything and everything goes.
Reagen Thorpe is an I.I. agent, who is quietly living under the radar and taking cases that allow her to lead a happy solitary life. When a highly addictive drug called aphremore, which is strictly regulated by Black Corp, finds its way onto the streets, bodies start piling up in Roen. Mr. Black, head of Black Corp in Roen, calls upon Reagen to find out who’s behind it. Mr. Black throws a kink in her style when he saddles her with a half-breed enforcer from Black Corp, Drake Esten. She’s a loner. He’s rude. She works in the field. He works behind a desk. She views food as a means to an end. He craves food like a junkie. She could care less about sex. He’ll jump into bed with anyone, male or female. Can they put aside their differences and solve this case before they kill each other? That still remains to be seen.
One of the things that I found very unique was the way Lyn Forester wrote her characters. Reagen is always in first person perspective, while Drake is written in third person. It gives a distinctly different feel for each character and I never felt confused when the perspective changed from chapter to chapter. It helped me easily identify which character I was reading. I also liked that Reagen was very aware and alert to the world around her, while Drake was more self-involved and slightly oblivious. Both Reagen and Drake show marked character growth throughout the book, making me excited for how they will develop as the series continues.
Another interesting thing about Beneath a Holo-Sky, there is little to no romance. So many books out now rely heavily on romance and attraction between characters that it seems to be the main element in driving a story forward while leaving the plot behind. This book relies on the plot, the world, and the strengths (and weaknesses) of its characters to tell the story. There might be romance in future books, but for now I’m enjoying a refreshing plot-based book!
Beneath a Holo-Sky is an incredible book full of quirky characters, a deadly street drug, and an alien world that I’m very curious to learn about. I give it a 4 out of 5 stars. I would have loved to give it 5 of 5, but I just can’t because of its cliffhanger ending! Poison World has a lot of potential, seeing that Lyn Forester is already planning for more books in the series and the world; I’m looking forward to more from this breakout author....more
Storm Siren falls under something I call a “world builder.” A first book in a series that is more about introducing the readers to the world, the ruleStorm Siren falls under something I call a “world builder.” A first book in a series that is more about introducing the readers to the world, the rules of magic, and building the power structures rather than character building and development. This is common when a book is a multi-layered world. Storm Siren was not an amazing book; it was a good book with a strong story. I honestly believe that the cliffhanger ending, albeit painful, easily draws the reader to the second book (which I will be reading!).
Storm Siren follows Nym, a powerful storm elemental, who by rights should not exist. In the kingdom of Faelen elementals are always male and completely devoid of rights. They are killed at birth as part of the treaty with neighboring kingdom, Brom, to keep them from overtaking Faelen. Because Nym has no rights, she has been a slave since her uncontrolled powers killed the people she loved. Her most recent owner Adora, a noblewoman who believes controlling elementals will help their country win a war, offers to help Nym learn to control her elemental power in exchange for her help in defeating king of Brom. It is the King who is consistently whispered about, giving the book a constant threat of war just over the horizon. The war doesn’t really make an appearance in Storm Siren. I have a feeling it will build in the second and third books.
Nym is a compelling character, but her constant anger and self-loathing strangle any character growth until almost the end of the book. Even with this limitation, Ms. Weber’s writing is more poetic than prose, giving Nym a lyrical inner voice. The secondary characters are what make this book shine. Eogan, Nym’s trainer, has so many layers to his character that you don’t know if he is good or bad, crazy or sane, loving or hateful. While the twins, Colin and Brek, offer a rare acceptance of their status in the world and lots of comic relief. Princess Rasha brings an odd breath of strength in a glittering world of intrigue and politics, even if Nym doesn’t trust her. The addition of monsters, like the flesh eating horses that Nym, Eogan, and Colin ride, give more depth to the world Ms. Weber is creating.
While I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars, I am excited for the rest of the books in the series. Sirens Fury, book two came out in June 2015, and Sirens Song, book three came out in March 2015. If you’re looking for something good with a large world to get lost in, I suggest Storm Siren. ...more