Book 2 of the Chronicles of Alsea follows on from Fletcher DeLancey’s excellent SciFi action novel, The Caphenon. Lancer Tal finds herself beset for the decisions she has made, decisions she knows were critical to the survival of her world and her people, but which, in retrospect, have laid her open to a wide range of criticism.
One of those criticisms is about her decision to introduce alien technology, and when. As part of her efforts to include and educate the population about the impact of that technology she forms working parties and one will change her personal life forever. She never believed she would bond, let alone find her tyree, but love comes from the most unexpected of places.
Ms DeLancey takes the characters and story of book 1 and moves into a delightful socio-political drama. It is still Science Fiction/Fantasy, simply because it is set on an alternate world, but the story is about people, politics and growth. Her characters are on a journey, some good, others not, but it is their journey which enthrals and makes this very hard to put down.
I loved the whole, rounded and extremely well crafted characters she has portrayed, I invested in their stories and the outcome. The world creation is top drawer, with a vision and clarity that make it seem completely real and natural. Even Ms DeLancey’s alternate names for objects, times and relationships are seamlessly woven into the story enabling us to learn without instruction.
The cliffhanger ending will drive you straight to book 3 – Without a Front: The Warrior’s Challenge – and again we have an excellent build of tension and expectation. Extremely well done.
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