My rating: 4 of 5 gargoyles
First a couple of points to explain where I’m coming from: I’m a Shona Husk fan and I have not read the first book in this series. Being a fan is why I chose the book, and not having read the first book in no way decreased my enjoyment of this book. The stories deserve an entire series, but you do not have to have read #1 to fully understand this one.
I like sci-fi to a certain degree, having been raised on Star Trek, Star Wars, and Babylon 5. So I went in expecting to enjoy that part of the story and Ms. Husk didn’t disappoint at all. She explained enough of the world (and it’s degradation to the point Alex actually gets himself imprisoned simply to get taken to the new world, no matter how hard it’s going to be as the colonists try to build a world for themselves). She doesn’t go into too many details to distract those readers who might be really techy and thus be able to refute/be thrown out of the story by potentially incorrect scientific details.
Now the romance – I really liked the fact that it was Sienna who was the military officer and theoretically (and quite literally a few times in encounters with Alex) held all the power. It certainly was healing for her, given the issues she had had with her superior officer Zane, to have the control given to her by the magnetic cuffs that prisoners like Alex wore. She didn’t have to worry about him (Alex) going further than she wanted him to.
Another great aspect for me was the credit/acknowledgment of the rules of living within the military as well. Not only did Sienna have to deal with the chain of command when it came to promotions/areas she wanted to advance in (which involved clashing with Zane who didn’t want to let her out of his control), but down to the point of actually having an ongoing relationship with Alex. I found the nod to the ever-present paperwork (albeit on computer screens for the book) refreshing.
So, overall, there was very little in this book that didn’t work for me. I think the main point that dropped this from being a 5-gargoyle to a 4-gargoyle book was simply the fact that it seemed to end too abruptly for me. I get that we were probably never going to see the end of their trip and arrival on Solitaire, but the way the happily-ever-after came about wasn’t as … satisfying as I expected. There were a few threads/issues left unraveled, and maybe that’s because of the series and authors weren’t allowed to put an end to it. Still, I wish there had been more satisfaction given when it came to Sienna/Zane. But, I will say this: there was ‘some’ satisfaction to be had with regard to that plotline.
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.