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- Publisher: Creativia; 1 edition (June 16, 2015)
- Publication Date: June 16, 2015
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Army of the Goddess (Stormflies Book 2) Kindle Edition
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None of this is a spoiler because the nature of the stormflies is thoroughly introduced in the first novel. I want to comment on their literary context. They are very similar to the parasites of StarGate SG-1, the Goa'uld. All the author has done has added glowing lights and made them into an insect-like swarm. (The Goa'uld were originally some sort of river parasite.) Everything develops very slowly, and the swarm-like nature isn't exploited until near the end of the 2nd book (this one). The prophets have benefited much like the Jaffa, given long life in exchange for facilitating the parasites. But unlike the Jaffa, the prophets think they are in control of the situation through the first book, as you already know, and have lost it by the time this one begins.
I am sometimes fond of variations of the SG-1 theme (e.g. The Host), but beyond the first novel, and the puzzle of putting together memories, and the descriptive experience of the initial invasion of a parasite, and the determination of Axandra to fight them (turns out as you know by now, that started with her mother), there is not much left of interest in this novel. The stormflies become just stereotypical villains. Axandra in this novel also seems to be failing. Mentally damaged, she is not very aggressive in taking the battle to the stormflies. She is just a little girl mentally, trying to lead a planet by being nice to everyone. Sorry people. Doesn't work that way. Not even in fiction, which the author seems to discover herself as she struggles to develop the plot.
The whole society is so idealistic they are slow to reach a conclusion that they must seek a way to kill the stormflies (which have no obvious vulnerability, but eventually some are discovered). I found this just silly.
Since I found myself skipping pages of dull conversation and not really engrossed at all, I could not give it a neutral rating, therefore only 2 stars. Hopefully I've provided enough information for you to decide whether to read it or not. Frankly I only paid 99 cents for it, so no big deal. But that is a time promotion I'm sure, and if you are going to pay more, be sure it is the type of book, and series, you prefer. Some people will like it. But I'm afraid that in the 3rd novel the author is going to kill off more characters, and most of them are so insipid they deserve it, but I don't want to read about it. Hope someone writes a good spoiler-filled review of the 3rd, because I am not going to read it for myself.
[spoiler] There is one surprise. Humans and stormflies are not the only aliens on the planet. But nothing much is made of it. I assume the author will do more in the 3rd book.