Publishing Date: February 2017
Publishers Description: Anat, leader of the Katazyrna world-ship and the most fearsome raiding force on the Outer Rim, wants peace. To do so she offers the hand of her daughter, Jayd, to her rival. Jayd has dreamed about leading her mother’s armies to victory her whole life—but she has a unique ability, and that makes her leverage, not a leader.
Review: This should have been titled “Lesbians in Space!” or ” A Mote in the Eye of Lesbos”. How giant living ships (worlds) in space are able to spawn only women and how those women are bearing children is and remains a mystery. Yet it is a relevant mystery as it is central to the theme of the novel. So you are asked to chork it down like fried deer liver, and damn it, just ignore the taste.
Overall this reading experience was like being thrown in a pool of Nazi piranhas. Death by a million socialist bites. Very long storyline, very boring characters and every scene is a dumb mystery of “things not spoken” and descriptors that fail to enhance. Your creative consciousness needs some form of cogent detail to generate visualizations based on your own perspectives. With “The Stars” you barely get off the finger painting level of imagination. You are asked to gift imaginative license to the authors sense of world building without the means to construct it yourself, hence plying a road that is often dun colored.
The characters were flat as they had so much pre-history between them, that they were soon relegated to this surmised and hidden relationship and not unfolding as they should with the movement. This sense of limited discovery blunts the storyline to the point of frustration.
Although this is a highly imaginative work it fails at the hard science that is the basis for hard science fiction. You are asked to accept this world without explanation and in the process it loses a big chunk of believability. The characters are ruminating about not knowing why this or that works, just that it does. A fairly weak out for a supposed accomplished author.
Read this while shaving baboons.