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I was slightly disappointed that this didn't grab me from the start. The first half of this book was slow going and I give it a 2 1/2 star rating. The second half picks up the pace and sets the stage for the second book in this new trilogy. This is more Space Opera than Science Fiction Romance.
I would like to know more about the Changed and also the Sky Raiders. Although I wouldn't want to be kidnapped and used as slave labor, the bad guys don't seem scary bad.
This first book was not given to me by the author and I will be buying the next one in this series, as well as check out her other works because I like the way she drew me into this story effortlessly.
But here is what we have. On a foreign planet where there is significant civil discord, sky raiders have taken to, well...the raiding of both personnel and resources. We have two young lovers who have been parted first by the civil discord, and next by the raiders. As the story progresses we alternate between Taya, a forthright women who stands up for and to people, and her love-Garekek. They are a good match for one another, and you can see it by how they each respond to the events in their respective story lines, but I'll admit I found it a little disconcerting for their stories to play out so much apart (almost half), no matter how each thought of the other, but because of their long-standing history, it did work for me.
But on the plus side we got to see a strong female friendship develop between Taya and a woman named Min (she seems like a sharp cookie, and a sweet lady), and that is always a favorite for me. And there was an almost as well-developed male friendship with young aristocrat Aidan. So yeah, the main characters developing relationships outside the one between them is almost always a winning combo for me and these were charming.
This book is the start of a series, so there is quite a bit of info woven into it to set it up for future stories. There are certain powers involved that I won't disclose because I expect it might be considered spoilerish, and we start to see the clash of cultures and policies that field the civil discord. While there's action and intrigue to go along with our love story, there is also a ton of politics that sets the stage for future books. Your mileage may vary, but I enjoy politics when it isn't the near apocalyptic horror we have encroaching on our daily lives like current events, so we'll just say I found it interesting and enough to hold the threads of future tales together.
As for this particular story, not just how I see the series going, I enjoyed it a lot and will probably re-read it. But, the ending felt a little rushed, and it wasn't as tied up as I tend to prefer my love stories. But, I am avidly looking forward to future stories in the series and hope to see more of Min, Aidan, and a young man named Dom (a really interesting character but to tell more I would have to spoil things).
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“Sky Raiders” by Michelle Diener is a science fiction tale with elements of romance that introduces a mysterious conflict between the inhabitants of a world...Read more