by M.C.A. Hogarth
Series: Her Instruments #2
Genre: Science Fiction (Space Opera)
Published by Studio MCAH, 2013
Synopsis: Reese is only just getting used to running the Earthrise in the black—and with an Eldritch in her crew—when a trip to a colony world gives rise to a whole new problem: Hirianthial is showing powers that even the Eldritch rarely have, and that only in legend. He badly needs training, support and advice, and the only place he can find them is… at home.
To see the world of the Eldritch is a once in a lifetime opportunity, a thing of fantasies and rumor. And to finally meet the Eldritch Queen, the author of so many of Reese’s windfalls! You’d have to twist her arm to get her to admit it, but Reese can’t wait to go. But a court out of fantasy and a breathtaking land aren’t enough compensation when they come packaged with a rabidly xenophobic species whose world is falling apart. The last thing they want any part of is some mortal interloper.
Is Reese ready for the Eldritch world? Better to ask: are they ready for her?
“Books are like people. They can be beautiful on the outside and it’s wonderful when they are, but what counts is the inside. And the inside of a book can be communicated in a dozen different ways, and cheaply enough that everyone can have access. And everyone should.”
“Blood and freedom, Hirianthial. Haven’t you figured it out yet?” She met his eyes, fierce. “We threw our lot in with you the moment we went after you in a slaver’s prison. That it took me most of a year to stop denying it doesn’t make it less true. You’re here. This is your fight. That makes it our fight.”
- I’m liking this trilogy!
- I like that even though Hirianthial seems perfect with no problems, he does have problems. He’s appalled that he’s developing new powers. He feels the need to go back to his home planet to see if he can find a solution to his problems.
- Of course, going home is hard to do! More than new powers cause problems for the entire crew.
- Lots of action in the book just like the first book!
- I like the politics involved in this book.
- It becomes more clear that all the bad luck Reese and her crew have had in the first book and this book are not accidental.
- Reese is growing and changing, becoming more in touch with herself and becoming a stronger person and better Captain as a result.
- I like how the crew work together and have become a family looking out for each other. Also the crew are all so different, but they get along.
- There are possibilities for romance which is nice. Even better it doesn’t overwhelm the fantasy.
- It’s kind of odd the Eldritch think they’re so superior to everyone when they’re actually quite backward! However, they are a very arrogant people!
And a few thoughts . . .
- I’m glad I found this trilogy. I have the next book and hope to read it soon.
Have you read this book? How did you like it?
- M.C.A. Hogarth is the daughter of two Cuban political exiles and has had a fascination for the gaps in cultures and the bridges that span them ever since. She has been many things—web database architect, product manager, technical writer and massage therapist—but is currently a full-time parent, artist, writer and anthropologist to aliens, both human and otherwise.
- She writes science fiction, fantasy and humor, along with business columns for artists (recently transformed into a web comic, the Three Jaguars). Her fiction has variously been recommended for a Nebula, a finalist for the Spectrum, placed on the secondary Tiptree reading list and chosen for two best-of anthologies; her art has appeared in RPGs, magazines and on book covers.
- 2015 Goodreads Challenge
- Ultimate Reading Challenge–hosted by the Popsugar blog (A trilogy–book 2 of Her Instruments trilogy)