Publishing Date: March 2014
Publisher Description: A battered young woman wakes from a coma in a space port hospital with no memories of her past. The only thing she remembers are two words: Lex Talionis—the Law of Revenge. To discover her identity, she must re-live the nightmares of her past, and face the only survivor of a terrible massacre that connects her with her abductors.
Review: Cover art is lame. Better if that alien, Oux was on the cover with a spaceport/moon sky backdrop.
I had some preconceived notions about this novel as the author is new and the publisher fairly unknown. What surprised me was how much I enjoyed everything about this novel. The characters were very well developed within the movement of the story-line. I really liked Troi and Chris even though they had minimal appearances. The world building is splendid in that you get a sense of the alien/human interaction that promises a truly unique experience.
The only minor discrepancies was the over-use of some word fillers (growled) but the use wasn’t over the top. The other issue was that the overall plot was really thin. Lex is found in an alley; beaten, raped and stabbed. She convalesces in a hospital for awhile and is found to be an extremely modified genetic human that does not exist in any database. Part of the plot, I guess, is her rediscovery of self and her subsequent vengeance on those that have wronged her. There is usually a culmination of some grande design and the players acting it out on a bitter stage but there has to be sequels these days, so…… I was hoping for more offworld adventure driven scifi but still enjoyed this scifi mystery/thriller venue. There are some Nora Robert’s inspired love scenes but thankfully they are relatively short.
There is about 3 years of Lex/Shalon’s life that we miss out on where she robs the Conway’s of trillions in order to exact revenge (next novel). There really is a ton of dialogue and time spent at the hospital but the author does a good job of keeping the movement interesting as she casts back to Lex’s life prior to her current situation.
The only real downer is the author’s lengthy credit diatribe. “Oh thank you, I love you, this would have never have happened unless “X” pushed me to complete it….Anna Kashina is great….not published without her…….” Fug. Aggrandizement in the form of self-deprecation.
So Dragonwell Publishing may have a winner on their hands. Hopefully the author does not get mired down with Nora and Anna K. styles of writing and stays true to the genre. Well, Shalon always wanted a space ship and that’s a great start.