Friday, October 5, 2012
Review: Priestess of the Eggstone
Priestess of the Eggstone by Jaleta Clegg
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book Info: Genre: Space Opera
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of Space Opera, those who enjoyed Nexus Point, those who enjoy romance
Disclosure: I received a free ebook ARC through the LibraryThing Early Reviewer’s Program in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: It isn’t Dace’s fault she leaves chaos everywhere she goes.
She didn’t know Belliff, the company who hired her to courier sensitive materials, is a front for the Targon Crime Syndicate. She finds out when she steps into the middle of a Patrol raid on Belliff’s offices. The Patrol and Targon both want her. But that’s nothing. Her copilot has an entire sentient species chasing him for stealing their god. The two of them set off on a desperate chase to get the Eggstone god back to avert war with the Sessimoniss while evading the Patrol and the Targon Syndicate.
But the Eggstone isn’t just any rock. The Patrol isn’t chasing her for the reasons she thinks. And Targon’s days are numbered.
My Thoughts: A fast-paced and entertaining space opera; this book opened with action that continued throughout the book. It was also very funny – the way Dace and Jerimon interacted, while somewhat cliched, was absolutely hilarious. In a more traditional romance novel it would have left me headdesking, but in a space opera it somehow works for me.
I also realized I’ve been using “space opera” wrong by saying the Honor Harrington series is space opera – it is not; it is military science fiction. This is space opera. And a very good example of the sub-genre.
The book read like a sequel and I ended up actually checking to see if there was a previous book to be found. And what do you know, I was right – this book is the 2nd book in a series! The first book is called Nexus Point and I picked it up, because I badly need to know what happened to Dace in it – there are so many tantalizing little hints thrown out in this book that it’s driving me crazy! So, I’ll be reading them out of order, because I was more than a third of the way through before I realized this.
The characterization was wonderful – I really loved Lady Rina, especially. Dace is such a constant source of chaos that I had to laugh – it might be terribly stressful to live her life, that’s for sure! The plot was fast but fun, and it was actually a fairly quick read for an almost-400 page book. Recommended!
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