The Caphenon – Fletcher DeLancey

The CapheronI really enjoyed Fletcher DeLancey’s first novella, Mac vs. PC so was intrigued to see her second and find it was a SciFI with strong women leaders and lesbian romance.. a combination us lesbian SciFi fans crave. I haven’t explored the fan fiction scene at all, so was unaware of her standing within that genre and her Past Imperfect series.

The Caphenon: Volume 1 (Chronicles of Alsea) is a very strong, very well written and quite charming read.

The plot is excellent, and I assume, planned for the whole trilogy in meticulous detail. The world creation is spot on with a level of detail we expect from the great SciFi and Fantasy writers, but rarely see in a first fantasy novel. Ms DeLancey clearly cut her teeth on the fan fiction she is well known for and leaps, fully fledged into the full length novel format. She marries great world reality with excellent science and emotional depth with a thrilling fight for survival.

The characters are really interesting and well rounded. 2 incredible strong women, a world leader, a starship captain, both striving for their best interests, making tough decisions and difficult choices, yet both full of compassion. The supporting cast is wide and varied, and we see clearly the different loyalties of a ship, duty bound to the captain, compared to a world government, constantly bickering and vying for power, with often quite satirical results.

Fletcher DeLancey bioThe action is fast paced in places, detailed in others. There is a tremendous build-up of tension as we wait for the centre piece of this fight for survival, and it is equally well matched with the romantic tension and moral soul searching inherent in the coming together of such powerful women, so different and yet so similar, both set on their own path to do their duty at any cost.

Flethcer DeLancey’s writing style is a pleasure. It flows into the mind and fills the imagination. Those who read my reviews on a regular basis know I delight in well written and rounded prose, and Ms DeLancey’s is up there with the best.

If you like Science Fiction you will love this book. If you like lesbian Science Fiction you will be in heaven.

But even if you are not a Science Fiction/Fantasy fan you really should give this book a try – it and the follow up stories are about amazing strong, intelligent and passionate lesbians – they just happen to be on an alternative world.

Ms DeLancey is an excellent storyteller and I cant wait for the next instalment.

(publisher review copy received)

Product info:

  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • First published 2015
  • Publisher: Ylva Verlag (5 Mar. 2015)
  • ASIN: B00U2T541O
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