This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with another series from an author I covered a couple weeks ago. It’s Space Knight by Michael-Scott Earle!
Plot Synopsis:In a universe where technology and magic co-exist, Nicholas Lyons desires one thing: to serve his queen as a Space Knight in the Royal Trident Forces. But when his final mission as an Academy cadet goes horribly wrong, Nicholas discovers he possesses illegal magical abilities that grant him power far beyond that of a normal man, knight, or mage. When a clandestine assignment lands Nicholas on the worst starship in the kingdom’s fleet, he finds a motley crew of warriors hiding their own terrible secret.
Plot: I couldn’t stand this book, and I actually enjoy most of the author’s series that I’ve read thus far. The problem lies with Nick as a character more than the plot itself. The plot is okay, but the way that Nick interacts with the plot is just so stupid that I wished I could strangle the character.
Characters: Like I said above, Nick is a huge problem with the series. Honestly he’s a huge dumbass, who willingly signs himself up on a ship with the supposed worst reputation because he is under the mistaken belief that his father wants to find traitors. A fact that is blatantly a load of bull and incredibly obvious to the reader. Honestly I hated Nick, he’s probably one of the dumbest characters I’ve ever read and that’s truly saying something. The fact that he is even torn over some decisions is so unbelievable that I couldn’t continue listening to the book after more than 6 hours.
Overall: Skip this book and read one of the author’s other and much better works.
For those who like: Terrible Books.
Not for those who have: A standard of quality they’d like to uphold.
Hey all I’m back with a Sci-Fi series with a bit of a LitRPG element. It’s Kill Count, Death Ship Book 01, by Michael-Scott Earle!
Plot Synopsis: When Sergeant Jay Lucas is snatched away from his family farm by a diabolical sentient spaceship, he thought his life was over. But he soon discovers the kidnapping was only the beginning of his trials….
Plot: The plot is incredibly violent, if you couldn’t tell that from the name of the series. That being said it’s not a terrible thing, and honestly it’s more humorous than anything else due to Seymour. You’ll see what I mean if you read the book. The rest of the book is very much in keeping with Sci-Fi Space Operas you’ve seen and read many times. That being said, it’s not a bad thing and was done pretty damn well.
Characters: Jay may be the stereotypical farmboy, but boy if I don’t enjoy the hell out of his snark. Seymour is delightful in his penchant for chaos. The rest of the cast is just as good.
Overall: A fun and hilarious ride that will give any LitRPG or Sci-Fi fan uncontrollable bouts of laughter.
For those who like: Sci-Fi, LitRPGs, Space Operas, Action, Adventure, Drama, Comedy, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.
This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering the final entry in John Hulett’s adventures. It’s World Seed Book 04: Endgame by Justin Miller!
Plot Synopsis: John Hulett faces new enemies, the likes of which he couldn’t imagine. Fighting against a hidden trauma and a conspiracy that goes beyond anything he can believe, and discovering the ultimate truths behind the events of the universe, what will be the final outcome for him and his family?
Plot: This is a fairly decent book, although I am not happy with the final ending at all. This entry also features a huge tone shift compared to other entries in the series, and frankly it’s a bit disheartening to see such a funny series take such a different tone. I won’t say anymore than that, and frankly I feel like it was too much already.
Characters: We don’t really get any new characters in this entry, it’s all old faces from prior books. Frankly with the tone shift that this book has compared to prior entries the cast seems less enjoyable to me.
Overall: Not a solid landing for the finish line for this series, it’s not terrible, but it’s not great either. You could probably never read the final book and just enjoy the ending of the third and be happier with the overall story.
This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering the third entry in John Hulett’s adventures. It’s World Seed: Expansion by Justin Miller!
Plot Synopsis: Humanity is facing its greatest crisis yet, and there is only one frontier left for them to explore. Join John as he travels through time and space, though not together, to save all that he holds dear. There may also be a good deal of escaping reality involved as well…
Plot: This entry takes the series in a very different direction, courtesy of the cliffhanger at the end of the second book. I will say I enjoyed this entry quite a bit, although there were more than a few moments that I didn’t particular like I won’t name them as they are very much spoilers.
Characters: We get introduced to a whole bunch of new characters in this entry, and while I can’t say who my favorite is due to spoilers I will say that eccentricity is awesome. There are some old faces as well from the first book we get to interact with, so that is also pretty fun.
Overall: A solid third entry, this sets up the stage for the finale in the next book nicely.
This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering the sequel to Star Shroud. It’s Star Divide by Ken Lozito!
Plot Synopsis: After initial contact with an alien entity leaves Kaylan unconscious, she wakes up to discover that she’s now in command of the Athena mission stranded in a star system far from Earth. The ship’s computer is malfunctioning and former hacker and astronaut trainee, Zack Quick, is the only one who can fix it. If he can’t figure out what’s wrong, they have no hope of getting back home.
Plot: The plot of this second entry was pretty awesome, but it had some hiccups. The relationship between Zack and Kaylan and Katie leaves a lot to be desired. I’m getting tired of these love triangles/polygons. Except for that, this entry was excellent.
Characters: We get introduced to a bunch of new characters, but I won’t spoil and say who. Katie is still my favorite side character of the bunch, for being a bad ass woman. Redford is still an ass.
Overall: A great sequel, this is a must read in a must read series for Space Opera lovers.
For those who like: Sci-Fi, Space Opera, Exploration, Drama, Action, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or love polygons.