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Kinsman's Oath (The Kinsman Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 1 in The Kinsman Series
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publication Date : July 28, 2020
- File Size : 4182 KB
- Publisher : Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (July 28, 2020)
- ASIN : B088Z3YC5W
- Print Length : 420 pages
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #105,947 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The characters too were complex individuals, with a psychological complexity and depth that made them all a joy to read about. These were real, three-dimensional people, in all their contradictory human (or alien, as the case may be) glory.
The plot was also fabulous, a complicated blend of action, intrigue, and politics that kept me turning the pages furiously! Kinsman's Oath was complex, thought-provoking, and deep, dealing with issues of self-identity and the way one's sense of self is influenced by one's culture, one's memory, and one's family -- and the way all of these things can be manipulated when you live in a world peopled with telepaths.
All in all, this was a marvelous book! A great read! I'm going to look for Krinard's other novels; she has just gained a new fan!
The first half is spent introducing the reader to the characters and universe. The second half is where everything gets very confusing and tangled up, as the two telepathic leads subvert their personalities and plots again and again. Because they are telepathic, the two leads are like giant onions, with each layer, complete with personality, plot, and thoughts, hiding the thoughts and goals of the layer underneath. After the author forced me to go through at least 4 layers, I was completely bewildered by who believed what and who each person truly was. One minute, the heroine or hero was doing something for a particular reason. Then you learn they were lying about it all the time, they really meant to do this. Then you learn that that was just an act, they really want to do this. And so on. By the end of the book, I felt that I didn't know either character at all, they were so full of subterfuge.
I hope her next novel has better plot devices, preferably more creativity in exploring worlds, flora and fauna, rather than this confusing personality-crisis business.
Now Ronan tries to escape from his captivity. Blockade runner Captain Cynara D'Accorso of the Pegasus sees Ronan flee a Shaauri warship, but though her better judgment says to stay out of this potentially dangerous scenario, she rescues him. When she realizes he is telepathic she becomes concerned because many of those with that skill joined the enemy. Though extremely attracted to him, she wonders if he is a mole sent out to stop activities like hers. Ronan, unused to human contact finds himself in love with his rescuer, but is not sure how to prove he wants to be on her side.
Returning to the "Kinsman" universe that she first described in an OUT OF THIS WORLD novella, Susan Krinard furbishes science fiction romance readers with a wonderful tale of a future in space marred by armed conflict. The delightful story line hooks readers of both genres with its descriptive insight into a galaxy under siege while also providing two wonderful characters wondering whether they should be loving partners or disillusioned antagonists. Fans of the author will appreciate this fine futuristic adventure tale though there is not a werewolf within a zillion light-years of this novel.
If you're looking to escape into a simple, rather superficial story that doesn't require much thought, the choices are bountiful, and Kinsman's Oath might not be what you're looking for. If you enjoy reading high quality fiction / literature, yet wish to escape every so often without sacrificing intelligence, then you may find Kinsman's Oath to be an enjoyable reading experience.