The sole survivor on a science vessel adrift in deep space, Zeus was adopted by the Emperor and Empress of the Mar’Sani, though he is both human and blind, and seen by most as unfit to join the royal family. Though they were able to repair his vision, Zeus does not trust his eyes and the nobles of his parents’ court refuse to ever trust a frail human.
Dargon Kal-Turak, along with his symbiote and lover Alpha, command one of the most dangerous ships in the stars. Narrowly escaping a trap, they dock in a space port to make repairs, but find that the Psonics hunting them are closing in fast. In desperation they kidnap the port Master Mechanic, unaware that the man they’ve brought on board is more than he seems, and will bring far more upheaval to their ship, their lives, and the stars than any of them could have imagined.
This was a great book for the beginning of a series. The world building done by the author was tremendous. There are lots of different characters and worlds to describe to set up the story. The author did well with integrating it with the story line so the reader doesn’t get this HUGE info dump that just bores and takes away from the story. Instead she dives into it and gives us enough to not get lost and the rest we receive along the way without really noticing what the author is doing.
The characters the author created are very vivid and realistic. Dargon is so arrogant and has to be taken down a notch. Zeus is an interesting character. I love that Zeus was adopted and then treated so much the same by his family. I thought the author did a good job of setting it all up so you could see how a child like Zeus was struggled with the fact that he is but isn’t a race. He was also very discerning when it came to skills. He and Dargon did well with figuring out how to attack a problem. The side characters are interesting and I am anxious to see what the author has in store for the whole group.
Though this is the first in a series and as the author leaves it there are a lot of loose ends but she does a good job in wrapping up this story in such a way that you aren’t climbing the walls waiting for the next book. No cliffhangers! Gotta like that;)
It was stated at the beginning of the story that this was created by a prompt from a group. From that this series was born and the author was obviously inspired by it. It is amazing what can come out of a fun prompt writing project!