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Bright Shards (The Vardeshi Saga, #2)

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This is the second novel in the science fiction series The Vardeshi Saga.

Linguist Avery Alcott has spent three months proving herself to her Vardeshi companions and earning their respect. She arrives at Arkhati, the space station halfway between Earth and Vardesh Prime, eager to continue her adventure. But the next stage of her mission brings its own challenges. In the mon
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Published August 1st 2019 by Ink Sigil Press
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Lana
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received and ARC of this book. I’m very happy I received it, because I couldn’t wait for Bright Shards to come out.

The story starts with Avery and the rest of the crew landing on Arkathi, a major starhaven in the Vardeshi territory. I was very eager when I started reading Bright Shards because I wanted to know how the story would go on after Ascending, but I was a little bit disappointed at first because in the beginning, there aren’t that much new developments in my opinion. Still, I wanted t
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Kerry Holden
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Vardeshi saga books are truly amazing! Bright Shards is as good as the first, I've got to say these books are at the top of my favourites and definitely ones to re-read!

I love reading of the Vardeshi culture, how they view things and their language. It's also spoke of differences between two species. As I got into these books, I felt like I was totally immerse into the Vardeshi world and its crew. Saying this, I love the way things played out for Avery- or by Vardeshi pronunciation Eyvri an
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Sandy Post
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having read the first of Meg Pechenick's trilogy; "Ascending: The Vardeshi Saga, Book One" last fall I have been anxiously awaiting the release of "Bright Shards, Book Two." I was fortunate enough to get a reader's copy from Meg in time for my vacation. I devoured the book within 36 hours. I love the premise of a cultural exchange between humans and the Vardeshi. It is fertile ground for uncovering what we take for granted in our lives on Planet Earth. For me, Meg finds just the right balance be ...more
John
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been hooked on SF for over 60 years. I have seen a trend away from Science towards Fantasy which I regret. So I really enjoy the way this fully Science Fiction series thoughtfully contrasts an alien culture with our own. Many serious first contact SF books tend to focus on conflict, this focuses on challenging relationships. Because I liked the first book so much, I asked for and received an advanced review copy of Bright Shards. I think Bright Shards fulfils and continues all the promise ...more
Stephanie Collier
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Moving story, poignant, insightful

This series is almost poetic in the emotions it wrings and the insight into human feeling and experience. It brought me to tears, which so rarely happens in this genre. Please find a way for Avery and Hathan to be together in the end. I really look forward (albeit nervously) to the next book.
Ms Dorothy McGhie
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An exploration of the stars, alien culture and the joy of new vistas, Bright Shards deals also with darker issues of isolation, homesickness and fear.
If you have ever been cut off from family or friends, struggled settling into a new job or a new town or tried to overcome an unrequited passion, this book will resonate with you, and leave you wanting more.
I received an advance reader copy of this book.
JB
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Page turner galore!

Loving this series, just can’t seem to put the book down. I don’t give out spoilers so you’ll have to read the book yourself, enjoy!
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I'm a New England native who drifted to China and then California before realizing that I belonged on the East Coast. Ten years into my teaching career, I've finally accepted that I'm never going to work for NASA, so I've taken to writing science fiction instead. In addition to our jobs, my husband and I juggle a rambunctious Samoyed, a preschooler, and a toddler. My favorite thing in the world is ...more