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No Port to Land

(Law and Crucible Saga #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Nia is one of the few souls left aboard a drifting tomb known as The Pacific. The spaceship carries a deadly plague, and by the time they receive a distress call from an approaching shuttle, they are all close to losing hope they might ever escape alive. When the will of the shuttle crew and that of the survivors on The Pacific clash, Nia has to pick a side to save what sh ...more
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Published December 15th 2015
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Dark novella set in a drifting plague bound former colony spaceship; the main POV is a young woman Nia, who being the only child a decade ago when the tragedy started quickly became very useful as being able to enter small spaces and access parts of the ship otherwise inaccessible for scavenging

However life on the big ship is as one would expect in the situation (and much more realistic than usually described in sf), namely a combination of brutality and pragmatism - for example Nia has a sort o
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novella
From this serie this one I enjoyed much more than the others.

It has to do with the more complex intrigue and the presence of a horror factor in it.

For a good overwiev and a better understanding of the characters I think that it`s a good ideea to read all the three novella in the series.

And because I have I could say that we have a honest writing, good style, interesting characters, a clean and well written English, with not some very innovative ideas, but really (for the Romanian readers) if you
David Baird
Jan 28, 2019 rated it liked it
The Law and Crucible Saga is made up of 3 short stories. The focus of each is different but one common factor is Captain Law and his crew. Law’s gotten his hands on some information which could be quite valuable but he’s out looking for someone..but who and why?

I enjoyed the series more as I went along. At first I was a little confused as you arrive already into the action so to speak so it’s only as the author give you little bits of info that you piece events together.

When we get to the second
Bill Anderson
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enthralling short story

Nobody trusts anybody. The truth doesn't emerge until the end, which is only the beginning. The plague affects all those aboard the ship, but to differing degrees. Is there an escape for nia.
Sam - Spines in a Line
Thank you to the author for a copy of this book to review! You can find this and more of my reviews on my blog at :)

As an introduction to the series, this one really caught my interest. Despite what you may be able to learn from the blurb, there are still many more mysteries on board this ship. I liked the suspense in the build-up and the twists with our expectations.

Some of this mystery could have come with more description though. When these did come to fruition, I
Kristine Hall
This series of novellas/short stories is pitched as a space opera, and that pretty well fits with the settings all primarily on ships in outer space. Each of the three stories stands alone, though the character of Captain Law and some of his crew are in all three stories. Each story starts with a little "stage setting" paragraph to save some time and for readers to be able to jump right into the stories.

The first story, No Port to Land, is the darkest of the three stories and takes readers into
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015, dystopian, sci-fi
First of all, this book is a novella or a longer short story, and not a full novel. The author is Romanian, and you can tell that the grammar isn't from a native speaker. It's definitely not a big thing, but definitely something to be aware of.

The series is supposed to be a space opera, but other than the fact that it takes place on a giant, floating cruise ship in outer space, it's not very space opera-y. If the author didn't continually remind you that you were on a spaceship, you'd have no id
Nov 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
The author is Romanian, so some of the sentence structure and grammar comes across a little funky. It's not a major problem, she does decently well, just an FYI if you're considering picking it up.

This series is described as a space opera, but really it's more of a series of short novellas that happen to be set in space. As far as this book goes, there is very little background information - just a little exposition that happens when Nia explains how and why the ship came to be in the state that
Amber Rose
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
** I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. **

Nia is one of the survivors aboard a ship called The Pacific, a floating tomb due to an unknown disease that has spread to everyone aboard. Law is the captain of another ship. He and three of his crew members are brought aboard The Pacific when the ship caught the distress call from their small escape shuttle. Secrets lurk everywhere, and Nia soon has to decide whether she wants to trust Law and his crew or rem
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-goal
**I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.**

'No Port to Land' is great start to what looks like an intriguing saga. This book from the series 'Law and Crucible', is a great quick read. It's one of those stories that pulled me in from the beginning and left me wanting more.. The storyline was well thought out and the way it plays out is interesting. I don't usually read space-opera books, but after reading this one, I'll definitely read the next book in thi
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

No Port to Land focuses on Nia and the peoples' struggle to survive on a cruise ship - The Pacific- floating around space that is plagued with a deadly disease. This is a short story and the author describes it as a Space Opera.

Nia meets Law, a Captain of a crew that comes aboard The Pacific but they end up being prisoners, although that's not so obvious because they're basically 'free'. Once you board the ship, you don't leav
C.p. Bialois
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
While this is a short read, it’s full of information about the futuristic world we’re transported to. The author gives us just enough so we know what’s going on aboard the spaceship. We discover the technology and people as the characters encounter them, which helps keep the story engaging instead of bogging it down.

The characters were believable and kept things entertaining, even if they weren’t the most likable bunch. To be honest, that’s to be expected given the situation they find themselves
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
One thing I truly appreciate about Ms. Visan's books is her ability to draw a reader into her world immediately. I felt I had known her main character's background and was rejoining her on a new adventure from the first pages. Even though more intriguing facts unfold as the story progresses, I felt part of the story right away.
This is a short story, or part of a series of space adventures, that looks promising...right on time for Star Wars enthusiasts. Thanks to the author for an ARC in exchang
P.S. Winn
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
The future is here and with it a deadly plague. For Nia and her sister Leelee living aboard the Pacific is a challenge, especially since they both have the plague and Leelee is close to death. When a ship from another place wrecks as it lands aboard, Nia may have found a way for her to escape and take her ailing sister along. That is if Captain Law can be convinced to take along a couple of sick stowaways. This is just the first book in this scifi suspense and it looks to be a great series.
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. A Space Opra is what this was billed as and it fit the description in a good way, This was an enjoyable book with some intrigue and drama about a ship in space with people exposed to a space plague. Great story where we are introduced to Law and his merry crew. Great story.
Sep 14, 2016 rated it liked it
I would say this is a reasonable novella (at 79 pages it really can't be a novel), that you can read in about 1h on the subway :) ...more
Milena Reinherz
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, kindle
Dark and full of suspense this book was surprisingly good. Actually I loved it and read it at a breathless pace. I haven't been so drawn into a story in a long time. ...more
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Award-winning writer Ioana Visan has always dreamed about reaching the stars, but since she can’t, she writes about it.

After fighting the apocalypse aftermath in “Human Instincts”, she played with shapeshifters in “Blue Moon Café Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks”, she dealt with vampires in “The Impaler Legacy” series, and then she designed prosthetics in “Broken People” before tackling lon

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