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- Print Length: 349 pages
- Publisher: Creativia; 3 edition (January 3, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 3, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GAA0YGY
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I particularly enjoyed the setting, a new utopia created on the distant planet of Bona Dea, by the descendants of interstellar refugees from a desolated earth. Through the entire story, the author does a superb job revealing the alien planet, Bona Dea, from its new constellations to its strange, yet familiar, flora and fauna. The author further defines the setting through the population and its new system of governance, created by a people who do not want to repeat the mistakes of their ancestors. Bona Dea, along with its new inhabitants, and their way of life is well developed and described throughout the story. Axandra, in particular, is well fleshed out and explored.
Unfortunately, I found the pace of the story too slow for my tastes. It did pick up near the very end, but by then it was such a drastic change from the rest of the story as to be jarring and, to me, rushed.
There was romance in the story and the author handled Axandra’s feelings and introspection with care and finesse, but I was disappointed in her partners. Her first relationship with Jon ended abruptly and the reasons for his sudden change in feelings was never thoroughly explained. In the second relationship, I found Quinn to be so love stricken from the offset as to be unbelievable.
Call of the Goddess was okay. It was science fiction, mystery, and romance all brought together and even though it had all these elements mixed in, they just never truly blended into one cohesive whole for me.
I'm a long time fan of science fiction. E. Love develops a believable story of the results of human emigration from a devastated Earth long after they arrive on their new world. The new world-capable of sustaining human life-is capable of developing it's own life. This book has a new twist on that story that I haven't seen before. While humankind is more than capable of developing enough internal conflict, this book takes it up a level.
She leaves a lot of room in the story for a sequel and I hope it is in the works.
However, things start unraveling: the young girl who's the next Protectress escapes her tutors and disappears. Strange phenomena occur on the planet, as its sister planet's orbit brings the two planets closer. And the storm that's been raging for eons seems to have developed a mind of its own.
Beautifully written and with a plot that has plenty of twists but never loses its focus, this is an excellent read!
The action is painfully slow. Mostly chat and tea, introspection, descriptions of clothing. A short aside will be written and not followed up until much later. At the end the action is very intense for a short period. There is only minor resolution and one is induced to read two [at least] sequels, one of which as of this review has not been written. The writing in the sequel is very different, bordering on horror, because the mystery of the evil nature of the stormflies has been made abundantly clear. I have deducted one star here because the sequel one is induced to read is so terrible. See my review of it for more information if you don't mind spoilers for the first novel. However, the series title of Stormflies gives it away if you think about it, and pay close attention to the storm in the prologue.
This under-populated planet is run like a utopian paradise. It is a bit idealistic and dull. The cracks only start to show in the sequel.
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