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Good points first. If you enjoy military sci-fi then this would be a fun book to read. It was a good book, but not a great one. There's lots of action and some of the team members are pretty interesting folks. Some of the characters are definitely more interesting than others, kind of like life. The writing flows well and I only had a few minor proofreading notes overall that I'll share with the author, but for which I did not deduct points.
The action is good. The only line that really ripped me out of the book was when one of the characters holstered their knife instead of sheathing it. It always amazes me which things grab my attention and break the flow of the story. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the characters and will state that this book was just shy of being a really good book.
Unfortunately, we are now to the part where I tell you what I didn't like. The description of the book spends almost as much time on the background of why this all happens as the book did. It's mentioned that the economy is suffering, but very little time is spent on the topic. There's no real "showing" of poverty ripping the universe apart or anything of the sort.
I realize this is mostly a military sci-fi action book, but I think that if the author had spent a little more time shaping the universe this would have been a much better book. A lot of things seem to be glossed over and/or rushed instead of being expanded to enhance the story. As it is I come away with a decent amount of interest in the characters, but there was not enough plot for my liking. To each their own and all that. Maybe the rest of the plot is in the second book as it is set for a sequel. Happy reading.
Note: This review was originally posted on my blog and is worded as such.
Seraph Aydrian, our main character, is tasked with leading an army of soldiers, mercenaries and civilians against the assault of the seythra – a race of strong-willed aliens that have declared war against the rest of the universe. Because of the large number of seythra and the fragility of trust between factions, races and planets, it will be the toughest battle of Seraph’s career.
I really enjoyed Seraph. He’s not perfect, in fact he has quite a few flaws, but I found him all the more enjoyable because of those flaws. The writing was fast-paced, and the plot held quite a few surprises.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys science-fiction, and I look forward to the sequel. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.