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Aether Ones

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Leilani Falconi is a top agent for the Imperial Investigative Service, tasked with policing the veil between two realities. Long ago, the Great Sundering tore the universe into two mirrored halves; aether space, which progressed using magical energy or eldrich, and kuldain, which advanced via electromagnetic technology.

But now a series of suspicious deaths stretching back
Paperback, 349 pages
Published October 13th 2020 by Brown Books Publishing Group
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Gina R Mitchell
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Aether Ones is a gripping science fiction novel presenting two opposing worlds, each convinced of their supremacy. Fighting for justice in a world where nothing is as it seems is the heroine, Leilani Falconi.

Lei makes an extraordinary lead character. She’s a sarcasm spouting firebrand willing to sacrifice all to bring peace and the rightful ruler back to power.

The author gives us fantastic creatures and technology from her fertile mind. The story’s nonstop action and intricate twists & turns wil
Jenny (jenjenreviews)
Thank you so much to The Write Reads and Wendi Coffman-Porter for providing me with a complimentary physical copy in exchange for an honest review!

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I think this book expanded my brain! Have you ever read a book where once you finish you feel like your head is fuller?

Aether Ones follows Agent Leilani Falconi who finds herself stuck in the middle of a deeply rooted political scandal, full
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
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Leilani “Lei” Falconi is an agent for the Imperial Investigative Service and has been for many years. The IIS polices the two areas of space that was brought about by the Great Sundering. Aether space is where magic or eldrich is used and kuldain is where technology excelled. There’s been an uneasy peace between the two realities, but something or someone is stirring up trouble and that makes Lei’s job even harder. She stumbles upon a case involving suspicious d
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
When I first read the synopsis for this book, I knew it was going to be something that I would enjoy. But, I did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did. I flew through this book so fast!
I’m not going to lie though, the first couple of chapters or so, I was so confused, I didn’t actually know what was going on but, I liked that it sort of drops you into this world and you learn as you go.
The main character (Leilani) adds to the grip and hold this book has on you right from the very start. S
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
I quite enjoyed this one. But how to describe it?

Bad Ass heroine? - Check
Space? - Check
Magic? - Check
Fast Paced? -Check
Mysterious? - Check

So I mean yes it gets 4 stars straight away just for those things and I would say if you see this on offer during a sale or something it is well worth taking a punt on it. Odds are you will enjoy it if you enjoy any or all of the above. How to describe this book though? Well at it's most basic it is a space mystery ... woohoo! At its most complex it is a s
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank BrownBooks and TWR for gifting me a digital copy in return for an honest review.

This is the story of Leilani Falconi, a badass female agent for the Imperial Investigative Service, a police force that operates across realities. There are two distinct realities in this universe, one where magic reigns supreme, and one where technology is in the ascendency. A great backdrop for an unusual sci fi, but for me this book is far more about the lead character (awesome) than the wor
Lili  Marcus
Apr 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Aether Ones with its incredible protagonist and refreshing take on a science fiction slash fantasy genre is a very engaging, fast-paced read and I want this to be a series.

I do read science fiction but only so rarely that if you ask for a Sci-Fi book recommendation from me, I wouldn’t be able to give you one. But I think I will now because Aether Ones proved to be a fine read that I want more people to read it.

Let me start with the main character. I found Leilani Falconi intriguing right from th
Feb 28, 2021 rated it liked it
Aether Ones features a set of intriguing characters and a universe with limitless possibilities. Friends often become foes as fights break out in an attempt to solve unusual crimes. This upbeat pace and constant change in setting at the beginning showed promise for the rest of the book.

The main character, Leilani, is feisty and courageous and the perfect example of how a strong female lead can sometimes be enough even without the addition of minor characters. My main concern throughout the book
Dini - dinipandareads
TL;DR: If you're looking for a fast-paced sci-fi set in space with an intense mystery and one of the most badass heroines I've ever had the pleasure to encounter, then this could be the book for you. We've got secret agents, corrupt military/navy forces, power-hungry royals, a huge mix of alien races, a special kind of magic and crazy cool futuristic technology, and lots of battles. While so many elements made this an entertaining read, I did struggle a bit with the time jumps and minimal world- ...more
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it

Full review here:

Thank you to Brown Books Publishing Group for sending me an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest, personal review.

I'm a fan of sci-fi as a genre because I love that authors can essentially create any kind of futuristic world they want. While I don't read it often, it's really just because I'm sadly too lazy to look up new authors in the genre (it's really bad on my part). Thankfully, Brown Books Publishing reached out to me w
Aether Ones is a fast moving Sci-fi that kept me swiping those pages on my tablet. I loved how the book just jumps straight into the action and new world. I like when books do this is it makes me want to keep reading. Now, although I loved the fast paced throughout there were times where things moved so fast that I actually had to go back and reread parts to work out what was happening. There were also a couple of sections where I thought I had missed something, this was usually when there was a ...more
Mar 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars.

This was a book that could have been great but in my opinion just missed the mark a little. Some really good ideas in it and I do admit I really liked the main character (and it kept me reading to the end) and the general idea, magic dimension science dimension is not something I have come across before, but I just found it a bit confusing in places. I think it just needed to be a bit tighter, maybe that is just me but from a quick look at some other reviews I see
Mar 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Every so often I come across a book that I struggle to get through. A big part of that was my own fault as I struggled to focus on what was going on. I’m glad I pushed through though because I ended up really enjoying this read. This book sort of felt like returning home after a long time away. Science fiction holds a special place in my heart but for whatever reason, I haven’t found myself reading much of it as of late. Aether Ones was the perfect return to the genre, as it blends fantasy and s ...more
Feb 21, 2021 rated it liked it
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Aether Ones gives you a mystery set in a sci-fi environment, and I think the way we get to focus on the mystery elements but still get such a big influence from the space setting was pretty good.

Unfortunately, I don't think we got to see enough of the world - what we see is really intriguing and I needed more world building to really understand some of the implications of the events. There are some serious political implica
Mar 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t really sure what was expected when I begun this book​ but I was slowly drawn in to the point I couldn’t put it down. I really enjoyed the space and magical element of the book. Lei is a very strong main character, I found myself laughing at her sarcasm and constantly hoping that she is going to make the world peaceful again. There’s so many little elements in this book which makes it enjoyable and some very sassy characters who help make the book light and easy to read.
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a great mix of sci-fi, fantasy and mystery that had a modern feel. The author created not one, but two very rich deep worlds that draw you in. These worlds are filled with colorful characters, and then topped off with a strong, original female lead. I highly recommend this book and can’t wait to read the next chapter.
Richard Porter
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The main character was original and the story kept me flipping the page to see what came next. The introduction of magic as simply an energy source inspired my sense of Science fiction.

The 'great sundering!' What a phenomenal thought experiment that takes science into SCI-FI.

If you are looking for something new and engaging? Aether Ones fits that with ease!
Ben Zittere
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the most original takes on split sci-fi I've seen. Lots of interesting characters twisted into a well paced plot with a good leaving of uncertainty and surprise. ...more
Jonathan M
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There are some books that you read that immerse you into a universe that compels you to want more. Intriguing characters. Great twists. The main character is a government agent , think James/Jane Bond, but one that has to operate in both science fiction and magical universes. This one has a lot of snarky goodness and heroic force of will that helps propel her forward even when things have gone off the rails. It happens. Often. I hope they make this a series. Getting more from this universe, let ...more
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