Welcome to my stop on the “On The Winds Of Quasars” tour! Please check out all the awesome hosts (link right up there ⬆️) as they are pros. How I finagle myself onto cool things like this, I’ll never know?!
I’ll have a review for you today. Before that we, we have a few stops to make. Security check at the gate. Then grab your favorite overpriced refreshment from one of the concession stands, a quick stop at the ‘loo of course (can’t be helped) and then we are off to find our seats. Must not forget to pick up a souvenir at some point before we leave too.
The thrilling sequel to In the Orbit of Sirens
THE WORLD OF KAMARIA WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.
In the aftermath of the brutal slaying of a sacred auk’nai deity, Cade and Nella Castus are taken from their home and brought deep into the wilderness. They must make their way back to civilization, traversing dangerous landscapes as they are pursued relentlessly by their captor—a winged abomination.
As Denton and Eliana search for their missing children, they uncover something that will change all life on Kamaria forever.
I am a huge fan of the first book in the series, which led to plenty of anticipation towards book two. Although there was some completeness, the writer had lain a groundwork to let his imagination go in any direction he wanted for book two. I guess that’s probably how it always is when creating a novel, but the foundation was as solid as it could be, and I felt bigger things on the horizon.
I have not been let down. My appreciation for this series has steadily risen since the cover of ITOOS* first grabbed me. I originally purchased it before the awards (yep, award winner in the house!) and before-before SOT hosted an attention getting and fun event that hopefully helped the book find some new readers. I was there before all that. Reader, I am legit, right? Ahahah…I’ll assume you agree so that I don’t start questioning my exaggerated sense of importance.
T.A. Bruno must be a natural storyteller and I am glad his writing is full of all the scifi elements which my imagination craves, as he could probably write a romance, or courtroom thriller that would of course, be great, but I’d probably never come close to reading it.
I know, I can be so close minded for someone who reads about things weird, conceptually dangerous, and a faith in a technical age beyond imagining, yet fun, future I just might live to see. My heavily veiled and camouflaged point is that T.A. makes the scifi fit the story…no, wait, he makes the story fit the scifi….urg.
Let’s move past my ranting for now. I love this series, and hope you get the chance to read it as well. In fact, if you have kindle, OTWOQ is free right now!
After completing ITOOS* I found myself, many times, going back to Kamaria. Not only had the characters grown on me, but the images I had of the planet, cities, events were an easy place for me to think about.
This scifi series follows the human colony efforts and expansion, resulting from humanitys narrow escape from this, our home solar system. Once the 300 year voyage from a lost system arrives at a new, strange, and oh, by the way, already populated by equally intelligent, bipedal, and wing endowed, birdlike humanoids. The real story of this series begins, as the humans build relationships, homes, and families on this alien world.
Not only does the story take unexpected turns, including a few ne-, okay, a lot of new characters, leading to previously unknown locations, exciting connections, i.e. Easter eggs from the 1st book(could there have been book three Easter eggs in there as well?), and a highly imaginitive story arc, but the focus on the family, was the cinnamon sugar on my churro. The family bonds really kept me feeling like I was getting more from the book than just the satisfaction of my imagination craving. I can say that this book was written with some heart. I needed some heart with my scifi, and didn’t even realize it.
Get this book if you’ve already read the first, if you haven’t, no prob, there’s even an awesome “story up til now” to catch you up. Let’s get ready for the next go round!
Thank you for actually reading this, it’s beyond my ability to express how thankful I feel, doing this. Thanks SOT, and Mr. BRUNO: WELL DONE!!
The Author and his Links
The Author and his Links:
T. A. Bruno grew up in a suburb south of Chicago and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the film industry. Since then, he has brought stories to life for over a decade as a previsualization artist. At home, he is the proud father of two boys and a husband to a wonderful wife. He released his debut novel, In the Orbit of Sirens, amid a global pandemic in 2020, and it has won multiple awards.