1799 Planetfall (book one in the Symbiont Wars series) introduces Tiana the female ship captain pursuing a vicious foe and trying to prevent the alien conquest of Earth.
The writing style makes me feel as if I am right there with her as she makes her way in an alien world.
Her interactions with the creatures of Earth, wildlife and humans show the heart and soul of what it means to live in harmony with the universe. I love how the author writes her character. She's strong, smart, resourceful and courageous and makes you want to be like her. Oh, and she is sexy and a real badass too!
The occasional humorous touches and action throughout the story balance the lush natural and historical setting. It's not all about science and history, but the author really did some research for the details and accuracy of the world at the turn of the 19th century. I learned some things about symbiosis, and what a symbiont is. They aren't all parasites.
I'm looking forward to the further adventures of Tiana and what is in store for the Earth.