Lander (The Oberon Cycle Book 2) Kindle Edition
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After the physical coming together of the half-worlds, Titania and Oberon, (in Skythane, book one), there are adjustments to the weather systems, causing widespread disruption. The joining also brings the Skythane and Lander people into further conflict, with Landers intent on eradicating the Skythanes. Heading up the Lander assault is OberCorp. Leading the Skythanes are Xander and Jameson, whose relationship was established in book one. However, was the chemical, pith, responsible for their romance or not? This detail, has them wondering what is real between them, causing strain. Regardless of their personal situation, they must soldier on to save their people.
Characters who had minor roles in book one have considerably larger ones in Lander. Events surrounding Xander and Jameson remain the main arc, but the script splits more between the others. In one way, following each group of characters made reading intricate. In another, it was nice as it gave the worlds a broader perspective. But, it also took airtime away from Xander and Jameson, who I became vested in while reading book one. As such, my interest significantly increased, during their scenes. The boys are lovely together. While I advocate story over sex in a novel, as with book one, I still felt cheated of a sex scene. Thus far, over both books, the intimacy has been fade out.
Since kissing in the house of moon, memories from somewhere have been flitting through the boys’ minds. It affects Jameson more than Xander. This aspect added another dimension to the story, which I liked. The plot is further thickened by the addition of Alix and Jessa - the boys’ exes, OberCorp wanting world domination, other romantic couplings, and the carrot linking book two to book three. There’s also the odd, weird action, like someone who decided to nibble on some bread and cheese while being rescued from under a felled tree in a superstorm. That type of detail, much like the previous sentence, seeming out of place and brought me up short.
Overall there is lovely imagery, and the technical aspects are good. There is a glossary of terms and people at the end of the novel, which may be better being brought to the front or read first. It is a significant advantage to read/re-read Skythane before tackling Lander. Ultimately, this is turning into a series that I would think is best suited to totally immersing oneself in with only breaks for food and pit stops. Anything else would require some recapping. The reason I say that is because it is almost twelve months since I read Skythane and it took me a while to get back into the characters. Concurrent reading would also work.
If you are looking for a science fiction book that gives you a 360 view of a system to lose yourself in, one that has some delightfully likeable characters, and a good dose of evil too, then this book/series, could be right up your street.
Lander is book two in the series and is not a standalone. There is so much going on in this story, with multiple story lines between the various characters. Those lines twist and turn, becoming so involved with each other. The main story line continues here, with the split worlds of Oberon and Titania having been brought back together. This causes a world of problems on its own. Can Xander and Jameson, both princes of their separate worlds, bring peace to this new world?
Jameson and Xander start to question their love for each other. How much of their love for each other is a lie? Added into the mix here is Xander’s ex, Alix. As we learned in book one, he’s been missing for over a year. Now we need to find out is he a good guy or one of the bad. And do he and Xander still have any feeling for each other? Also, Jameson is still trying to reconcile the life he’s lead with who he truly is.
Quince is back, as strong and feisty as ever. She is going to see the prophesy fulfilled, even at the cost most dear to her. She’s reunited with her lover Robyn. They are a strong and inspiring pair. Morgan is back as well. Obercorp and the Blacks are back as well.
There is so much I want to say there, but I won’t give any spoilers. This ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, in that the story isn’t complete. Which means I am now anxiously waiting for book three.
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This is book 2 in the Oberon Cycle, and you really REALLY must read book one, Skythane,...Read more
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Sometimes the world needs saving twice.Read more
I was immediately transported back into the world of Xander and Jameson.Read more