Straight into book 3 without a pause. If you just read book 2 of the series you literally wont be able to wait to start the next chapter. Its hard not to give any spoilers when the two books are now available, but suffice it to say the resolution of the dramatic end is worth the wait.
Now Lancer Tal is faced with a huge political challenge, can she work out who is trying to destroy her and keep one step ahead of the intrigue or is the stage set for her failure? Who can she trust, who will support her and where will the next challenge come from?
As with the previous two books in the series this is extremely well written, plotted and planned. The attention to detail is exquisite and makes the plot come alive. Alsea is a place an attentive reader could visit, describe and visualise.
The characters are wide-ranging and three-dimensional. Now we have exposed baddies as well as our well-developed main players, and as the cast expands so does Ms DeLancy’s repertoire of talented character development. One of the joys of these books is that sexuality is not an issue, I cant remember it being mentioned. Couples just are what they are with no comment or question, normalising in a way we can only dream of.
Again the drama and suspense are enthralling, keeping us engaged and definitely making this a classic ‘page turner’. If the threats to Tal aren’t enough, then the possible loss of a huge personality and the unveiling of family secrets will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Book 2 and 3 of the Chronicles of Alsea have both been nominated for the Goldie awards this year. Good SciFi/Fantasy is a joy to read and for delivering an excellent trilogy which covers alternate worlds, credible science fiction, socio/political drama and romance.. with strong lesbian characters dominating the cast list they deserve every accolade they get. Genuinely loved these books and look forward to reading them again and again.
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