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Review - Skythane by J. Scott Coatsworth

My rating:

Oberon is a strange half-world, a planet seemingly cut in two, with not sign of what happened to the missing half. The world is the only known source of pith, a drug with many legitimate as well as illicit uses. Only, the supply of pith seems to have dried up, so the Psych Corps sends Jameson to Oberon to investigate. His guide is Xander, a Skythane, the descendants of the original human settlers who we genetically modified to have wings. The two take an instant dislike of one another, but neither man is prepared for what they're about to find out about themselves, and the fate of two worlds hangs on their ability to embrace their destiny.

Although set in the distant future on a far-off planet, “Skythane” is more fantasy than science fiction. It might not appeal to readers who only like ‘hard’ sci-fi. However, that said, the story features some solid world building and interesting ideas.

The characters are complex and believable within the context of the story. Xander, Jameson, and the woman who has watched over them for many years, Quince, develop quite an interesting relationship that evolves over the course of the story. The story itself unfolds at a very fast pace. Much of the book is, in effect, one prolonged chase scene.

Overall I enjoyed the story, but have one little nit to pick: The final chapter leaves a few minor loose ends; things you might be curious about, but not having them resolved really doesn't spoil the story. But, then there's an epilogue that seems to go out of it's way to open up all sorts of additional questions. It seems to be a last-minute afterthought to create an opening for a sequel, and makes for a rather disappointing end to a pleasant read.

“Skythane” is available from Amazon.

Posted in Book Reviews on Apr 25, 2017

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