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For readers of the last Lodestone books, you will find some familiar territory but the characters, setting, and ending are a little different. For one thing, this book delves more into the societal issues than the first 3 books. This book also has a more menacing "evil" than the "Prophet" in the first book. The bad guy in this story, "Ash" has serious firepower and is more manipulative than the "Prophet" ever was, so the stakes are little more dangerous. This actually makes the book more exciting in my view. The setting is also a bit different. Although all of Mark Whiteway's books involve space travel, this book focuses more so on that aspect than other. You will see all kinds of space travel in this book. (It's definitely a plus if you like books with space travel.) The ending is also a little different. Instead of knowing the goal at the end of the story, this kind of story ends on a more ominous cliffhanger.
That being said, fans of the other Lodestone trilogy books, should be at ease with this book. You will be able to recognize who the "Shann" is in this story (Zemira) as well as the "Keris" (Evalina) and also the "Boxx" (Ash) along with other characters. Both this book and the other deal with a journey, a rigid class society, intrigue, and disloyalty plus some interesting twists and turns.
Overall, I would give the book a 4.5 rating, but since Amazon does not have that option I prefer to sway on the side of optimism. This is an incredible story that you want to read when can get a few quiet hours to read the whole thing (50 chapters total) or read a little bit every time you get a free moment.
Excellent, well-detailed, and intricate plot
Cliffhanger at the end will be a definite plus for the next book
Plot is a little more complicated than the other tales (more characters, more subtle intrigue, etc) would is actually a pro and a con. On one hand, it makes for a more intriguing story. On the other hand, I thought there was too many characters in some parts of the story for me to remember who was who.
Wanted to see more of the "team" (Shann, Lyall, Kerris and the rest)
Children in story have more sense and skills than the adults do (This was a little astounding to believe. How could Maar and Zemira know so much being so young?)
Read the first Lodestone books first before then, as it will help with understanding the culture and author's particular quirks a whole lot better. You can read this book separately, but it may be confusing at first without a little background.
Whiteway is a phenomenal storyteller as he brings his stories and characters alive. With each word the reader is breathlessly drawn in as they feel, see and hear along with Keris as they are observing history revealed through the ancient discs. The depth of the characters is amazing, creating a lasting effect. The storyline is a mixture of sci-fi, mystery, fantasy and adventure. I just could not get enough of this remarkable tale.
Free-flowing and believable is the transition from modern day Kelanni to the ancient. I loved how the history all plays out through the eyes of Zemira really only a child in the ancient land when it all begins. I enjoyed how the story builds with Zemira, Jora, Priom and Terza as I wondered who Ash is.
I myself love a good mystery adventure and “Seeds across the Sky” does not disappoint and would recommend to anyone looking for the same or an excellent sci-fi with a mix.