Song of Nümenstar by AJ Feagin

Publication Date: August  25, 2019

When a group of Daejic students disappear, Commander Karawn Kross and the female Mystik Ka’myla Ad’uar embark on a mission to find them. What they find instead while searching catacombs beneath the highly secure city of Soaleste can change everything.

 

A lot of authors attempt to boost their writing credibility by saying that their stories are like those of popular or bestselling authors and seldom can the similarity been seen by the reader and when it is, it comes off as a poor copy. Not the case in Song of Nümenstar by AJ Feagin. The Amazon entry likens Song of Nümenstar to Dune and Star Wars and I can see the likeness. The similarity falls in the incredible work Frank Herbert did in building the world of Aarkis. It’s in the pageantry and diversity of Star Wars.

From the first sentence, a character’s “Sonarum” is warning him of danger and the reader is sucked in. Like the aforementioned Dune, Feagin isn’t talking down to her readers. Explanations come and are folded into the story in a way that is natural and doesn’t stop the reader. If there’s a glossary, I missed it and, really, it’s not needed. Readers learn the world and it is complex by accessible. There is the forest world and the great walled city reminiscent to this reader of a somewhat more sinister Oz.

There are a lot of things I loved about Song of Nümenstar and probably chief among them is the idea of the Daejic students. It doesn’t spoil the book to tell readers that the students have “extraordinary gifts.” Their job is to serve and protect and readers of this blog will know that I am a bit of a superhero fangirl. It is with them that the book is opened and it is they that have disappeared and require the skills of the honorable and cunning Commander and the gentle and diplomatic Mystik.

Another truly enjoyable aspect of Song of Nümenstar is how fast paced a read it is and how enjoyable the plot twists are. Sci-fi, especially as detail heavy as this read is, can be plodding but Feagin keeps it moving. Rather like Barry Eisler’s Rain series, her detail is action. There was a point in the novel where I stopped and just pictured an author with charts all over her walls to keep every detail straight. When you think about the work that went into this novel, it’s daunting but it’s not something that is visited upon the reader. Readers of this blog will know that I often give leeway to the first book in a series as the author will improve as they get to know their characters. Feagin has lived with her characters and knows them intimately. She is a part of the world of Song of Nümenstar. No excuses needed. Song of Nümenstar is a work of art.

Is it strange that I’ve said very little about the main characters? Like the house in Toni Morrison’s Beloved, is maybe the world the main character? While I’ve called back to many authors in this review, Song of Nümenstar is truly a one of a kind read. I’ve read thousands of novels – no exaggeration – and when I finished Song of Nümenstar, I couldn’t think of any book that I’d read that is truly like this first book in the Daejic Saga. I am so eager to see where this series goes.

If you’re looking for a uniquely wonderful sci-fi read or you’re someone who appreciates generally good fiction, pick Song of Nümenstar up today.

 

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Romy: Book I of the 2250 Saga by Nirina Stone

Publication Date: August 14, 2015

Book Review: Romy: Book I of the 2250 Saga by Nirina Stone, science fiction trilogyIt’s 2250 and an apocalyptic event has destroyed civilization which is now divided into three categories and life is a perilous proposition. Romy is 20 years old and aspires to the highest level of society. She’s worked hard and yet seems to come up short. How will she handle the truth of her situation? Continue reading Romy: Book I of the 2250 Saga by Nirina Stone

The Fated Stars by Veronica Scott

Publication date: November 4, 2017

 

The Fated Stars by Veronica ScottIn The Fated Stars by Veronica Scott, Samell is an empathetic priest who was kidnapped and sold to a carnival where he’s forced to tell the fortunes of paying guests. He is resigned to his existence until mercenary, Larissa, steps into his tent and he sees in her a fierce spirit with the potential to keep him alive. When Samell and Larissa attract the attention of dangerous foes, can they get out alive? Continue reading The Fated Stars by Veronica Scott

Four Horsemen (How to be Dead Book 4) by Dave Turner

Publication Date: January 16, 2018

 

Four Horsemen (How to be Dead Book 4) by Dave Turner

In Four Horsemen (How to be Dead Book 4) by Dave Turner, It’s 1874 and War, Famine, Conquest and Death are called upon to find a little boy from a prominent family. The boy is seen leaving his home with his father, a man who has been dead for three years. In the meantime, Death is doing his day job when he comes across a little girl named Elizabeth that can see him as he’s collecting her aunt and bringing her home. Can the Horseman find out what happened to the boy and the other children who have disappeared and what will they do about Elizabeth?  Continue reading Four Horsemen (How to be Dead Book 4) by Dave Turner

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams

Publication Date: June 1, 1991

 

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas AdamsIn Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently is a holistic detective who believes that everything is connected. He sets out to help a man named Richard’s whose girlfriend’s father has been murdered and is convinced that the crime must be solved to clear his own name. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is the first book in the Dirk Gently series. Continue reading Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams

Trapped On Talonque (A Sectors SF romance) by Veronica Scott

Publication Date: August 21, 2016

 

VS_Trapped_on_TalonqueTrapped on Talonque by Veronica Scott is the fifth book in the Sectors series. Bithia had been placed in a sleep-like stasis by her people thousands of years before and now sleeps as the captive of a primitive and war-like people that view her as a deity. When they capture Space Marine Nate Reilly and his men, they’re brought before Bithia and she wakes temporarily and forms a psychic link with him. Bithia will guide Nate and his men but the path is treacherous.  He alone can save her but will he succeed?

 

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Boston Metaphysical Society: Prelude by Madeleine Holly-Rosing

Publication Date: May 6, 2015

 

Boston Metaphysical Society: Prelude by Madeleine Holly-Rosing

Boston Metaphysical Society: Prelude by Madeleine Holly-Rosing is a seven-story prequel to the Boston Metaphysical Steampunk comic book. The anthology includes stories by Madeleine Holly-Rosing and line art by Emily Hu.

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Eaters: Michel’s Blog (A Horror Comedy Novella) by Mattie Jay Cormier

Release Date: August 11, 2016

 

Eaters: Michel's Blog (A Horror Comedy Novella) by Mattie Jay Cormier

In Eaters: Michel’s Blog (A Horror Comedy Novella) by Mattie Jay Cormier, after living away for several years working as a professional writer, Michel returns to his hometown to face the ghosts of his past. It won’t only be an ex-girlfriend or a strung-out old friend he’ll face. Michel’s hometown has suffered a recent outbreak of centipede-like creatures known as Eaters. As Michel and his small band of compatriots struggle to survive will they succeed or will they be eaten?

 

 

 

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Free e-book download by the science fiction and fantasy author, Veronica Scott

Check out the free e-book download available today by the science fiction and fantasy author, Veronica Scott. According to Ms. Scott, this book will be permanently free. It’s the first book in the series the Gods of Egypt series. Check out my review. It’s a series definitely worth reading.

 

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Dancer of the Nile: Gods of Egypt by Veronica Scott

Old Haunts (How to be Dead Book 3) by Dave Turner

Publication Date: September 27, 2016

 

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In Old Haunts, Dave and Mel are struggling to get back to a common ground after the events at the end of “Paper Cuts.” With the big bad revealed and his surely devastating plan not clear, can Dave stop the horror that will inevitably descend on London? Death and his office staff, Dave and Anne, are ready to kick this saving-the-world thing into high gear.

Old Haunts is the final installment in the “How to be Dead” series.

 

 

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