What an absolutely breathtaking
novel. I am in awe.
I don't generally read a lot of sci-fi. While I love some of it, I find most of the writing in the genre to be too fast-paced, with not enough focus on the characters to keep me happy, and too many technical details to keep me entertained.
This was nothing like that.
For one thing, I could write odes to the fantastic world-building in this book. The settings leapt right off the page and into my imagination, vivid and colorful and real
in a way only a few talented authors have ever managed to bring places to life for me. For that alone, I would have continued flipping page after page, drinking in every detail I could.
But the characters... Oh my god, there just aren't words for the brilliance of the characters. Every single one of them. I want to know these people in real life, I really do. Lochlan and Adam, of course, are the stars of the show, and I loved them both from their first pages. But the rest of the cast were just as well-drawn, just as wonderful. Even the antagonists made me feel for them, hope for them.
And finally, the plot. I've come to find that it's a rare thing for authors in this genre (M/M romance, not sci-fi) to tackle a plot with this much depth...dare I say an epic
plot. But that's exactly what was waiting for me here, and it was done with both skill and flair.
I purchased this book on a whim, because it sounded interesting and I was in the mood for something different. I found something that I know I'm going to read many more times, and two new authors who I will certainly be keeping an eye out for from this moment on.