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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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The story is filled with lots of surprises and at times it might make you a bit impatient, but chill out and wait. All will make sense at the end and you’ll be so pleased you read through to the very end.
I give this a 4.5 stars but round up.
Other characters include the ship's engineer, who has watched a lot of broadcasts of ST:TOS (oh, OK: Star Trek, the original show) whenever the ship swings near earth, and decided to talk like Scotty, deliberately, to annoy the captain. An alien engineer doing Scotty is a nice touch.
The ship's security office is named Hrvibm - funny enough in spelling, funnier if you pronounce it Harvey-bem, where BEM is the traditional acronym for "Bug-eyed monster" a favorite in pulp fiction of the golden age.
There's a scene with aliens involved in a DEA raid; there's also a chase up a college bell tower which will remind you of many gothic horror novels and movies. There is a geek teenaged genius brother - our heroine at first thinks that the events that happen to her are a prank by his Trekker friends.
There's a pretty good underlying theme exploring nature versus nurture - can't tell you more without giving away the plot, but it does give food for thought, and in the end both nature and nurture win out - we find that both are important.
There are a couple of annoying affectations - the word the crew calls their communicators is link, and it is italicized every time it appears, as though we wouldn't recognize what it means, as if it's really a foreign word. Sorta pointless given that this emphasis is not used for anything else on the ship, no matter how alien.
For the romance fans, we have a comedy of errors with twins - complete with clothing exchanges, etc.
The writing is not the best - this is not great literature - but it's good enough to make you snicker, and occasionally quote bits out loud to the unfortunate significant other who is trying to get to sleep.
Jess is fun and very likable and Marcus is everything a Space Opera Romance needs. A lot of the crew are good sports when it comes to watching Earth transmissions, especially everything Science Fiction including Star Trek in all its forms.
I enjoyed the story so much as soon as I'd finished reading and caught my breath, I began on the next Switched Two
This is so good it's on my favorite list and I am re-reading it the second time. Action, romance, great plot and characters; no graphic sex or violence.