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Mission To Mahjundar: The Sectors SF Romance Series Kindle Edition
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I hesitate to categorize this book as science fiction; while the hero comes from another planet and has lots of cool science military tools, the woman's world is more magical and mysterious. The story reads much more fantasy than science fiction, but the Romance either way is unquestionable.
Following the quest plot style, the heroine and her hero travel through five different worlds within the heroine's planet - first the streets of the capital where a bomb explodes, drawing them together when he rescues her. Then the deadly political intrigue of the courts which leads to the hero being drafted to escort the blind princess to a burial ground full of danger and magic, both from the living and dead. Fourth stop on the quest is delivering the princess the king she is engaged to marry. Finally our hero and heroine reunite to find themselves fighting in a war of priests and gods.
Each step of the way the stakes are raised, the danger grows, and their love blossoms. Well-balanced building of tension, character backstory, and plot.
Problems with the story ... mostly my dislike of the fantasy quest formula. If I had known it was fantasy instead of the science fiction, I would have avoided this book. In addition, I did not like the gods fight, how the blindness subplot developed, nor the brutaliness of the barbarian king - again standard fantasy fare of raping or threat of rape on the heroine requiring the hero to rescue - and with the MC being blind, the savage treatment feels even more destructive.
Not bad, but not to my taste.
Bonus for having an Inca-style fantasy world instead of the standard Medieval European for the final part of the quest - not applied because the other four stages of the journey were the standard Medieval European.
Really is a 3.5 on my normal Amazon scale to which I generally round up, but because this book is not the advertised science fiction, I am rounding down. Since I grade books on what they are advertised to be, I need to be consistent in my reviews and knock this one down a bit.
Overall I give this book two stars, and I think that's being generous.
I hope Ms. Scott writes more sci-fi as I really think she's great at it!