Monday, January 1, 2018

Empyrean by Nicole L. Bates

** I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.**

First Impression: Alien planets and a beautiful cover!

Characters: The story follows two story lines: Jahira and Krnar, people of different species who may not be so different after all. The character relationships and personalities were complex and realistic, which brings full submersion into the book.

World Building: I want to visit this planet, which in some ways is not unlike our own - at times beautiful, and others unforgiving. It was interesting to see the perspective from both a native and foreign species. 

Writing Style: I read through this book in about a week, as Bates writes with easy flow and attention to enough details without overwhelming the reader. 

What I Enjoyed: The character interactions and world building were my favorite parts of this story. Plus what a gorgeous cover and title! I can't wait to read the sequel. I really liked that I read late into the night, which is always a good sign.

Deal Benders: I would have liked a bit more background on Jahira's people. More direct history of Leron would be helpful, and making more use of futuristic technology would bring a more Sci-Fi feel to the series.

Overall Rating: 4 stars for a well delivered first installment. Bring on the next!

For Fans Of: KPAX, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

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