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Half-human Alekzander Brede is a law unto himself…or so he thinks. Elektra Tate, the street orphan who loves him has other ideas. When she betrays him for no apparent reason, he vows to punish her one way or another. Taking the one thing she treasures most—their son—begins a cat and mouse relationship spanning two planets and costing possibly his life. Elektra will stop at nothing to save her son but can she overcome Brede’s twisted idea of vengeance?
My Review: 4 stars
I received a copy from the author. All opinions are my own.
“Besides, that’s what adventure is Zander. It’s fear of the unknown, of danger, of success that makes the adventure worth the time and effort. And do not forget that we control our own adventures and destiny and do no not follow or depend upon anyone for any reason”
I found this book to be incredibly more interesting than expected. They say “don’t judge a book by its cover”, but let’s not lie, we all do it. I love finding debut or indie authors because often the case is that the book is good, yet undiscovered. Typically I would not have been intrigued by the cover and the title and I would have passed this one up, and that would have been a shame.
Let me just say, this is not typically my genre. I don’t typically read about alien cross breeds and spaceship firefights, but I do love a good sci-fi, so I thought I’d give it a shot. This book was so much more than that. It was about greed, ego, protecting loved ones and fighting natural instincts to preserve ones humanity. I would say this was less of a romance and more of a love story in the end.
I started off this book feeling a little confused, as if I jumped into the middle of Star Wars and didn’t know what was going on. I also felt this way when I read Six of Crows, which is one of my all time favorite fantasy novels, so I told myself to keep reading. By about 20 pages in I found myself feeling more at ease with the story, and glad I hadn’t set it down.
I absolutely both loved AND hated the main characters, Elektra and Brede. They were both quite far from perfect, but they each had enough redeeming qualities, which made them lovable. At times I found myself angry or disgusted with each character, but they felt real, real people have flaws and make bad decisions. If you know me you know that I hate a hero with no flaws– can you say BORING? Luckily this pair had plenty, Brede in particular. Being half Amphidian he was prone to more violence and less emotion than humans. This made him quite ruthless and cruel at times. It was interesting to watch as he fought against his Amphidian nature to try to retain his humanity. Sometimes I felt like Elektra was overly slutty for no reason.
“He found it so easy to hurt her. He also found that he liked to do it; so much it grew into amusement to him and it didn’t help her that she could not lie to him either. He always called her out on it.”
Romance between these two was complex to say the least. It was emotionally abusive and a game of hot and cold. Yet it is done artfully, so that you still seem to understand why they want each other. When Brede starts fighting against his Amphidian nature he becomes more likable, but at that point Elektra is not used to him being emotionally available.
The world building could use a little work, but it was still pretty great. There were a couple of times that I noticed paragraphs that went on for a page and a half. The different alien races and different planets sounded pretty cool, but certain things could have used more description because there were spots that I found myself confused, but for the most part I think it was edited well. The plot and pacing were both good, I read this book in a day. It kept me captivated. The climax was built up and executed very well. Which is something I see a lot of debut and indie authors struggle with, but in this book it was crafted beautifully.
The ending left me hungry for more. I have no doubt that these characters could continue having incredibly interesting adventures and I hope to be along for the ride in the next book.