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Skythane

(The Oberon Cycle #1)

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Jameson Havercamp, a psych from a conservative religious colony, has come to Oberon—unique among the Common Worlds—in search of a rare substance called pith. He’s guided through the wilds on his quest by Xander Kinnson, a handsome, cocky skythane with a troubled past.

Neither knows that Oberon is facing imminent destruction. Even as the world starts to fall apart around the
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ebook, 244 pages
Published February 17th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
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Mere Rain There isn't explicit sex. There are a couple of kisses, some talk of attraction, then fairly late a fade-to-black sex scene. It's more sff with a roma…moreThere isn't explicit sex. There are a couple of kisses, some talk of attraction, then fairly late a fade-to-black sex scene. It's more sff with a romantic subplot than romance. If you read the Amazon sample, the brief scene on the first page of chapter 1 is actually the most graphic bit.(less)

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Jenni Lea
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pretty dang good little sci-fi/fantasy story.

To be honest I liked this way more than I expected I would. I had just finished reading an amazing series and I couldn’t help but compare this book to it. But, once I got into the story I found myself comparing it less and less. The world building was fascinating. It was well thought out; no stone left unturned. I could tell the author spent tons of time on it, planning it out to the littlest detail.

Jameson has been asked to investigate why there has
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Serena Yates
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
‘Skythane’ is the exciting opening novel to what looks to be a fascinating series set in the future around the year 3000 or so, as far as I can determine. Oberon is a pretty unique world – it is split into two halves, with its other side hidden in some mysterious parallel universe. This has all sorts of consequences for the planetary ecology, and it was fascinating to find out more details about this well-developed world as the story developed. But solar flares signal a potential catastrophe, on ...more
⚣Michaelle⚣
3.8 Stars

So I was super excited about this one; I love books that start during NaNoWriMo...and the author's note at the beginning cranked up my anticipation even more.

For the first half of the book this eagerness held. The world-building was great, the characters interesting, the plot engaging. But...then it dragged on in the middle as the MCs struggled to get to their destination. (Seriously, too much camping detailed.) And that bit in the AN about how the book originally started on a sex scene
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Don Bradshaw
I thought I would like this book but never thought that I would love it! Terrific world building and character development from beginning to end. All of the sex was off page which kept me glued to the story itself. The memory flash backs were well done and made the awful info dump unnecessary. I'm diving right into Lander. Bravo! ...more
Marc | Rainbow Gold Reviews
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars.
Lisa The Novel Approach
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Is there anything more attractive than the idea of people having wings? For me, at least, there isn’t. Since I was younger, I’ve always relished the idea of having actual wings attached to my back, and whenever I see those “Would you rather?” questions about super powers, I always gravitate towards the wings. I want the power of flight, but I better have some big, beautiful wings to do it. I don’t care how much they get in the way. Bring it on!

With that said, Skythane appealed to me. The cover i
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Gemma
Jul 08, 2017 added it
Shelves: meh-dnf
DNF at 72%.

Meh. Felt this went gently downhill as the book progressed. I began to discover plot niggles, and then found myself trying to remember them for this review. That's not a good sign of the level of my investment in the story.

I found myself comparing it, probably unfairly since it's a first novel, unfavourably with An Uncommon Whore by Belinda McBride, Turbulence by Lyn Gala and for some reason with (some of my favourite ever books) the Liaden series by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller.

So, ni
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Debbie
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book.

Jameson is sent to Oberon to see why the supply of pith has all but dried up. Xander is his guide into the Split, the *quite literally* underbelly of Oberon following a catastrophic event nearly a millennia ago. It was supposed to be routine, in and out, job done. But Jameson's arrival on Oberon is all but routine, and a chain of events is set off that will either destroy all life on Oberon, or reunite it with it's other
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Beth doesn't write  enough reviews
Loved this! Great characters, worldbuilding & storyline. Seriously, if you like sci-fi, alt-world, fantasy check this out.

The only reason I didn't give this a full five stars is because as much as I did enjoy the read I didn't shed any tears. There has to be a real tear for me to award five stars.
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Mere Rain
This was a pleasant short-ish science-fantasy romance. I thought the first half, with the characters meeting and the what-is-happening? suspense was the strongest.

Notes on genre, for potential readers:
-Despite the soft-focus nude on the cover this is not graphic at all. There is growing attraction between two men, one a virgin from a religious background, but there's no on-page sex, just a couple kisses.
-This is sci-fi set on another planet, but after the first couple chapters it is very low-t
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Blaine Hall
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
WOW! This is epic sci-fi at it's absolute best. The world building, character development was incredible. I was completely floored reading this.
You can tell J.Scott Coatsworth is an epic sci-fi reader by this book. Having been a science fiction reader for most of my life, I feel like I just finished reading my first book by one of the greats, THAT is how amazing this book is. How original his world split was. How original his Skythane and Landers were. How original that there are gay MC's that d
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Arshad Ahsanuddin
A novel of parallel Science and Fantasy worlds, existing on two halves of a planet that physically spans dimensions. It was a good story, in the 'misplaced prince' trope. As the story progressed, however, there was an increasing level of unexplained magical elements that pushed the plot along, with references to the gods or other unnamed forces taking an interest. The story felt incomplete for that reason. Hopefully, more of the back/sidestory will be explored in subsequent books in the series. ...more
Ashley Martinez (ilovebooksandstuffblog)
A breathtaking adventure with a race against all odds to save the world. I couldn’t put this book down! I had to know what was going to happen. It was thrilling and fast-paced.
I enjoyed the origins and the story behind this new sci-if world.
The characters were lifelike and I thoroughly enjoyed their tension and chemistry.
I can’t wait to discover what happens next!
Stephanie Lake
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very elegant read.

Well developed characters, a lush world, and plenty of action earned this book a place on my keeper shelf.
Tex Reader
4.0 of 5 stars - “I always wanted to [fly and] save the world."

I love good gay sci-fi, and this had me smiling and engaged the whole way. It’s an intriguing other-world story with good action and a slow-building romance, a strong first novel and start of the series.

J. Scott Coatsworth wrote an intelligent space opera with creative, richly-textured world building and likable, realistic characters. He painted the scenes, action, and people so that I could easily visualize them. The maps were helpf
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Jeanne
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Three POVs, Shakespearian references, and a rich tapestry of a plot that’ll leave you asking for more. Skythane, by J Scott Coatsworth, proved to be a delightful Sci-Fantasy read. The story, albeit a bit short for a novel in the genre, flows naturally, and the main characters, Jameson, Xander, and Quince bring their own backstories into the mix, weaving a rich tale where Jameson and Xander seem as opposite as their worlds of origin. When sparks inevitably fly between them, the tension rises, mor ...more
Brice Dohnt
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Skythane

This is a great story loved it, it was beautifully written and I loved the scenery and the love that was part of the story. Thanks Scott for this great effort. Well worth the read.
MariF
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've been under the rock because I've only read this book today. How did I manage to miss such a wonderful fantasy/SciFi saga?
On the positive side, I won't have to wait long for Ithani to get my dose of happy.
I love Scott's writing, it's very gentle, engaging and gripping at the same time.
I could not put this book down until I've finished it and started Lander right away. Most wonderful world building, very engaging protagonists and such a magical touch of humanity.
This book was pure joy to rea
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Patdbooks
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
My first venture into J Scott Coatsworth books. and am I glad I took the plunge. love the premise of the story, post apocalyptic worlds meet other worlds. Xander and Jameson two men destined and prophesied to be together don't necessarily hit it off initially, though the attraction is there. Jameson discovery of his past, sexuality, ability and destiny well crafted as with Xander. the only complaint is how quickly and easily both men especially Xander took it, especially after what he has experi ...more
Jason Bradley
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, ebook, sci-fi, futuristic
Really good! I would love to read more in this world.
Margaret Fisk
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Originally posted on Tales to Tide You Over

When I picked up Skythane, I thought it was a gay romance set in a science fiction world. But while there’s a “destined mates” thread throughout the story, I found the book more like a science fiction car (or hovercycle) chase with gun blazing. The characters must act fast or lose the chance so must comb through the pieces later. The real story comes out in dribs and drabs. I had as much guesswork as facts through much of it despite one of the three poi
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Molly Lolly
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Original review on Molly Lolly
Four and a half stars!
Oh man this book was good. I truly enjoyed the world Mr. Coatsworth created. There was so much world building that pulled me into the place and made me feel like I was there. The science behind the hows and whys was sound. It was explained easily so I wasn’t lost, but not so dumbed down I feel like I’m being talked down to. The characters were amazingly developed and had me connecting with them immediately. The overarching plot lines and story
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Anne Barwell
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, m-m
I love science fiction and have been reading it for years, and I think Skythane is a great addition to the genre.

The world building is detailed, not just with the descriptions of the world, but in its rich history. I felt as though I was stepping into a fully formed world when I began reading. The world is also a complex one, with Oberon’s inhabitants consisting of its original colonists who evolved into the Skythane, those who came afterward, and a hint of at least one race which is very defin
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Becky Condit
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Skythane is scifi written in a modern style that brings out some levels of fantasy. The complex world building is beautifully done. The initial pages are somewhat difficult to follow due to the fact that it is full of twists and turns and the book is full of flashbacks. I found that I had to stick with it for a brief period in order to follow the characters and the plot but it was well worth the reading effort. J. Scott Coatsworth may go down in literary history as one of the greats in this genr ...more
Natosha Wilson
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes a legend about future events may not be a legend at all but a fortune of what will happen in the event that certain things are not done to make the legend come true. That is the case with this book.

Oberon is only one of the many cities in the universe but lately things have been occurring like bad storms and meteor's taking out shuttle full of citizens. Also in recent history there has become a shortage of pith which is used for various reason as medication.

Jameson is sent to Oberon to
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Cornerofmadness
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jessie G.
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Whenever I’m asked to review a book in the science fiction genre, I hesitate because I’m not a huge fan of the genre itself and I always feel like that makes me ill-qualified to review the work. But a good book is a good book and that’s what we have in Skythane.

The world building alone is a totally wow and if this isn’t the foundation for a series, I’d be hugely disappointed. Set 800 or so years in the future, Landers, or earth people, have populated one half of the split planet Oberon and overr
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Laurie
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It took me the first chapter to sink into the world created here. Different world, with a different language, different inhabitants living in this world, etc. But by chapter two, I was completely immersed. There is intrigue, danger, a little mystery along the way as the characters of Jameson, Xander and Quince, Morgan tagging along, journey to another dimension.

Jameson is sent to the half planet of Oberon on a mission. He’s just a simple psych, wanting to get his mission done and to get home to
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Maggie
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq
Skythane reminded me from the very beginning of one of my most beloved sci-fi fantasy series, The Dragonriders of Pern, with the added twist of an Avatar-esque world.

This first book of a three book cycle opens on a strange half-planet called Oberon. No one knows what ripped this planet in half or where the other half of it is. There are stories, myths really, from the first settlers of the planet called the Skythane, humans with wings. The second generation of settlers, Landers, or wingless huma
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Daniel Severin
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow! This was a wild ride of a SFF novel. I've read (and loved) novellas and short stories by Coatsworth before, so I was prepared to like his first novel. This one blew me away though! The initial chapters made me think of C.J. Cherryh's Pride of Chanur mashed up with the Matrix movies.

We are barely introduced to our mains, an off-worlder named Jameson, and his corporate liaison Xander, who are teamed up to untangle the web of illegal trading in the drug pith, when things turn serious and the g
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He has always been in the place between the here and now and the what could be. He started reading science fiction and fantasy at the tender age of nine, encouraged by his mother. But as he read the golden age classics and more modern works too, he started
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