- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Mystique Press (April 27, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1946025089
- ISBN-13: 978-1946025081
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 42 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,204,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Then it all goes downhill from there.
Cassius ends up finding something worth fighting for: the people who are important to him. He starts realizing that everything he lost wasn’t as good as it had seemed, and that he had been part of the problem, not part of the solution.
I loved Cassius. He is a morally gray character who has enormous flaws to balance his super-human supply of attributes (such as an enviable fluency of sarcasm and military-grade cybernetic enhancements). He’s surprisingly likeable for a former terrorist and reformed, egocentric nobleman. His heart, at least (at last?), seems to be in the right place.
The problem is, now that he’s figured out what’s important, does he have a chance of holding on to it?
Lucifer’s Star is populated by a diverse and entertaining cast of characters. From bioroids designed as pleasure chattel who aspire to be human like a macabre version of Pinocchio to psychopathic clone-copies of super-genius siblings, to overarching artificial intelligences to mysterious elder-alien civilizations with bizarrely creepy taste in pastimes.
From space-battles to dungeons to swordfights to counter-espionage, Lucifer’s Star has it all. It is a vastly entertaining read that I had a horrendous time putting down. I sat reading the weekend away as laundry, chores and, yes, even bored children, piled up around me.
There’re a lot of subtle layers here, enough so that both the casual and reflective reader will be enormously entertained.
That, my friends, is a high recommendation.
The intro to the book brings us into the depth of the saga through the memories of Cassius, who, shares with the reader not only the events but also the reasons and passions instilled in him and the other fighters in this huge space battle that ended up wiping out his home world.
As you work your way through the book, you are able to understand and empathize with Cassius as he confronts both sides of that battle to try to understand why he is still alive, what it is he should be doing, and, how he ultimately enters into the fray again.
The story presents believable advances in science which really adds to the character development. People in this world are altered with implants and some are robotic, but you would never know at first and so on. Fun stuff. If you like thick, in-depth space sagas (and this is book one in a series!), then this is the one for you.
Lucifer's Star is, to put plainly, a space opera well worth reading. The characters remain the key focus to Lucifer's Star, not falling into the trap that many operas suffer, where the characters just watch events happen around them. Throughout the novel, we see characters grow, change, and become more complex. Each main character that accompanies Cassius has their own motivations, and are firmly entrenched in the same web of controlled vs controller.
That's not to say that the story takes a back seat to character development. The story is incredibly detailed and interwoven. The book is very entertaining and the pacing is almost perfect. There are very few places where the advancement allows down, and the entire time the scope of the story just keeps growing until you realize the book encompasses thousands of millenia across the entire galaxy!
The writing is very well done. There is a great deal of humor, but it doesn't undermine the tension of the book. I'm sad that this adventure is over, but I'm looking forward to the next! Overall, I'd highly recommend this book to anyone that is a fan of space operas, or is just looking for a Sci-fi thrill ride. You won't be disappointed!
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