Sunday, September 17, 2017

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 141 - Acadie by Dave Hutchinson, Welcome to Outcast Station by Jeanne Adams and Nancy Northcott, Skyfarer by Joseph Brassey

AcadieAcadie by Dave Hutchinson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is novella. It is a quick easy read that starts out building to a climax and then delivers a unexpected punch line. I liked the characters, especially Duke, but was not expecting the ending. I was glad I got this one free as I would have felt I did not get my money's worth if I had purchased it

Welcome to Outcast Station (Outcast Station #1)Welcome to Outcast Station by Jeanne Adams and Nancy Northcott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I liked the concept of Outcast Station. While this is not a new setting for Science Fiction both authors make a very good use of being sent to the back of beyond.

Ravi in the Accidental Plague is a interesting characters. One of the best academically she is used to being shunned and pushed aside because of her home planet. Using the accidental plague Jeanne Adams manages to secure Ravi a place where she is honored for her work not her planet of origin.

Deputy Marshal Hank Tremaine made a misstep that got him sent to Outcast Station. As The New Badge he is sent on a mission where he is meant to fail. While he finds Marshals who are incompetent he also finds others who are good at their job and willing to help him.

Both novellas do a great job of world building and character development. I did find the back story a little light but it did not weaken the plots or the story line.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

 SkyfarerSkyfarer by Joseph Brassey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A quest filled with interesting characters. While I found the world building familiar (islands floating in the sky) the story fit the place. There is a lot of sword fighting in the story. The characters are capable of many kinds of magic. The good guys are good but one of the bad guys is not what he seems. This is the first book in a new series and while the plot points are solved here there is a lot that can still happen. I look forward to new adventures with this crew.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

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